I live in [a large metropolitan city]. What does air pollution do to my skin?
If you live in a highly polluted environment, most likely a large city, your skin may suffer from the effects of air pollution—mainly congestion and debris in your pores. You may also experience dark circles and puffiness, which are common allergic responses due to inflammation. Pollution, obviously, affects the lungs as well.
If you live in a high-pollution city, you need to make sure you are getting your skin clean every day. You probably want to do more clay masking than the average person since clay will super-clean your pores and detoxify the skin. Two to three times per week is not too often as long as the mask you are using doesn’t irritate your skin and you keep the mask moist. Exfoliating will also help to deep clean the pores, keeping them free from the daily buildup of dirt and debris.
Although pollution has an obvious effect on how dirty your skin may get during the course of a day, the effect it has on your insides is a bit more profound and perhaps not as obvious. We live in a world with a lot of airborne pollutants that can age us faster and compromise the health of all of our body’s cells. Unless you change your physical environment, you will suffer the effects of pollution, whether you feel them or see them or not. Taking supplements, namely antioxidants, can help to keep cell damage from air pollution to a minimum.
My best advice to you is keep your skin clean and debris-free and take your antioxidants! See the following for more information:
- Understanding antioxidants & free radicals (all-important health producers)
- Emergen-C—a little effervescence for your health
- Dark Circles explained
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