You think your skin is getting enough protection from the dust, but it’s still dry and acne-prone? If that’s the case, you need to rethink your skin care routine. Pollution is a major environmental problem in urban areas and damages your skin faster than anything else.
Here’s how to can protect your skin from the adverse effects of pollution…
- Layer it up—with SPF, not a scarf
- Dry skin? Serums are your new BFF
- Pollution is not limited to outdoors
Layer it up—with SPF, not a scarf
Did you know that pollution is worse during the winter than it is in the summer? The fireplaces and woodstoves burn more during the cold weather to keep the cold away, contributing to smog. This means your skin needs to be protected from the free radicals during the winter too. So, if your only protection against the dirt is a scarf around your face, replace the scarf and apply a coat of SPF on your skin every time you step out of the house. A sunscreen doesn’t just protect your skin against the UV rays, it also creates a barrier on your skin which neutralises the free radicals.
Dry skin? Serums are your new BFF
Winters equal dry skin. And when you add pollution to the equation, it’s the catalyst for dull and dehydrated skin. Pollution strips your skin of its natural oils, causing it to become dry. You can prevent this by applying a coat of serum and a moisturising sunscreen before going outdoors. Cleanse and massage a hydrating night cream on your face every night to replenish the lost moisture back into your skin.
Pollution is not limited to outdoors
The air indoors can be as toxic as the air indoors. When you don’t get a regular supply of fresh air, indoor air starts filling with pollutants. A humidifier will protect your skin against the indoor pollutants. It releases vapour into the air to increase moisture, protecting your skin dryness. Applying a coat of moisturiser every few hours will keep your skin nourished.