Pollution and Your Skin

How to Protect Your Skin from Pollution?

Healthy skin starts from the inside out. But, skin damage can start from the outside in. Dirt, dust, smog, and other particulates in the air pose risks to the skin, which is your largest organ.

But, there are ways you can take to protect your skin, and reduce the effects of pollution.

Pollution and Your Skin:

Pollution is one of the key sources of damage to the skin. Free radicals which interfere with your skin’s ability to produce collagen, and keeps it firm and healthy.

When contaminants come into contact with your skin, these can interfere with your skin’s ability to regulate moisture, therefore, leaving the skin splotchy, dry, clogged andwrinkled.

Imgaine the dirty film that accumulates on your car between washes. This same film is building-up on your skin, you just do not see it.

7 Ways to Protect Skin from Pollution:

1. Apply Fish Oil On Your Skin

Did you know that fish oil is a powerhouse of omega-3 fatty acids? It can repair skin from the inside, and also prevent further damages from occurring.

Applying fish oil on your skin benefits it in many ways, which you may not be aware of.

2. Consume a Diet Rich in Antioxidants

Antioxidants are substances or nutrients that can slow down or prevent oxidative damage to the body. They have been reported to block free radical activity in the body.

Consuming a diet rich in antioxidants is a perfect line of defense against the damaging effects of pollution.

Antioxidants are present in many vegetables and fruits, but most often present in those that are brightly colored. Consider adding antioxidant-rich foods in your diet including carrots, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, leafy greens, bell peppers, and more.

3. Don’t Smoke

Smoking is another form of air pollution. This is true for both second-hand and first-hand smoke.

Smoking causes wrinkles by impeding blood flow to your skin, narrowing the blood vessels in your skin, and depleting oxygen and important nutrients. Also, smoking damages collagen and elastin, which are fibers that give skin its elasticity and can cause it to wrinkle prematurely.

Cigarette smoking is also a major source of free radicals, which can further wrinkle and damage skin.

4. Exfoliate Using Homemade Scrubs

Exfoliation can help you fight off the side effects of pollution. You can make you own face scrubs using natural ingredients at home.

Exfoliate your skin at least once per week to make sure that the impurities do not accumulate in your skin.

5. Keep Your Skin Clean

Clean your face using a good face wash at least 2 times a day, once in the morning and before you sleep. This is one easy yet highly useful tip in keeping your skin clean. Do this regularly to make sure that impurities do not get accumulated on your skin’s surface.

6. Stay Hydrated

Water is one of your best defense in the battle for healthy skin. Water hydrates your skin, improves circulation, generates cell growth, improve skin’s elasticity and helps minimize dark circles under the eyes [source: Bouchez].

To protect your skin from the effects of water pollution, you can filter your drinking water to remove toxins and chlorine. Washing your face daily and exfoliating at least 2x a week will remove air pollutants from your skin. Also, you can try using mineral water to avoid the potentially damaging effects of chlorine in tap water.

7. Use Sunscreen When Going Out

It is really necessary to protect your skin from the harmful skin-damaging UV rays and the adverse effects of pollution. You should buy a good sunscreen and make sure to apply some before you step out of the door.

Sources:
A Womans Health
Asianet India
How Stuff Works

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Lisa is a researcher in beauty and health products from Australia. She spends most of her time studying health sciences and when she is not working she writes about her findings and experience on various blogs.

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