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Skin and the city: Your public enemy is pollution
Are you protected against the city?
According to research, living in a city can age skin 10% faster than those who reside in the countryside, due to pollution. Pollution may be inescapable when you live in an urban area, but don’t start packing your bags to move to the countryside just yet. Here’s how to fight back and get your glow back in no time.
Take the city off - ASAP
A great way to reduce the hold pollution has over your skin is to cleanse your face regularly. In the morning, time is often limited, so use a gentle cleanser and then follow up with a BB or CC cream that has SPF in it before applying the rest of your makeup. Once you get home at night, cleanse your face right when you walk through the door.
For a deeper clean in the evening follow a simple 3-step process: First apply a gentle cleanser to your whole face and neck. Next, gently exfoliate your face with a daily facial scrub. Then in the final and last step, remove any remaining residue with a toner. Once or twice a week go for the full rescue package with a deep detoxifying mask.
Employ antioxidants as your free radical bodyguards
One of the many undesirable effects pollution has on your body and skin is the loss of Vitamin E levels in the body. It is well known that Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant capable of fighting against free radicals. In order to keep Vitamin E levels high arm yourself with antioxidants – you can find these in many creams and serums that are rich in Vitamin E, and also in many foods like almonds, beets, broccoli, eggplants and garlic.
Create an SPF shield
Prevent pollution from invading your skin’s layers in the first place by creating a ‘shield’ at the surface by applying a dab of SPF 15, preferably one with antioxidants in it, each morning. Apply it to your face, neck, and hands before leaving the house. The SPF will protect your skin while on your commute to work, especially if you walk or bike there.
Find a way every day to give your skin a clean break – you’ll be happy you did.