Our skin is typically the first part of our bodies that comes in contact with air pollution. Air pollution includes polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), volatile organic compounds (VOC), oxides, particulate matter, ozone, and cigarette smoke.
Studies in both animals and humans have shown that these components contribute to premature aging and aggravation of inflammatory skin diseases like eczema, psoriasis, and acne. So short of avoiding the city and moving to the country, how can you protect yourself?
- Use a gentle cleanser every night to remove dirt and environmental toxins.
- Exfoliate once or twice a week (less if you have dry or sensitive skin) to give your skin a deeper clean.
- Once in week treat yourself with an antioxidant or deep cleansing mask.
- Use an antioxidant serum – such as Saiva Naturals Brightening Facial Serum which is rich in Vitamin C and Green Tea Extract, or use Rejuvenating Facial Serum which is filled with Vitamin A, Vitamin E and Phytonutrients – to neutralize damage caused by reactive oxygen species.
- Moisturize daily, especially if you have dry skin or inflammatory conditions.
- Always complete your morning routine with SPF. UV rays are a big trigger for cell mutation.
How do you try to reduce air pollutants in your home?