Living in the city is very exciting; but, the downside narrows down to your skin since the majority of people do not use the anti-pollution skincare routine. The air in the city is not clean as it has dirt, smoke, smog, and other pollutants. Indeed, these pollutants can harm your complexion appearance and can cause skin damage such as dark spots and wrinkles through oxidative stress. Additionally, pollution causes alteration of skin barrier functions and inflammation. Therefore, people who are exposed to pollutants reduce the skin’s anti-oxidative potential which accelerates skin aging. As such, below, we have highlighted some of the anti-pollution skincare routine recommendations to help your skin look healthy and radiant.
Cleanse Twice a Day
Dirt, oil, dust and pollutants can settle on the skin through the day and clog your pores. As such, to avoid the harmful effects of pollution you need to cleanse your face twice a day; in the morning and before going to bed. Furthermore, cleansing helps maintain proper pore size. It also encourages proper skin hydration and prevents the production of excess oils. Therefore, regular cleansing is essential to keep your skin looking radiant and healthy from the harmful effects of pollutants.
Apply an Anti-Oxidant Serum
Environmental stressors can lead to sagging, wrinkles, and dull skin tone while pollution makes your skin prone to free radical damage. Abundant research has proved that topically applied antioxidants have a unique ability to intercept environmental attacks and halt accelerated aging.
Follow Up with Moisturizer
After applying an anti-oxidant serum, use a moisturizer. Indeed, moisturizing strengthens the skin barrier to minimize the potential for air pollutants to penetrate skin cells and cause oxidative stress.
Apply Sunscreen Everyday
Wearing sunscreen every day is a crucial part of your skincare routine, as it protects your skin from the unnecessary damage from sun exposure. On the contrary, overexposure to sunlight can increase the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tones. Therefore, sunscreen helps reduce the harmful effects of the sun ultra violet rays damage.
Mask Your Face Thrice a Week
Over a long period, exposure to environmental pollutants can damage the skin and leave it looking dull and tired. As such face masks give your skin an instant boost depending on what it needs. The right face mask can help hydrate skin, remove excess oils and improve the appearance of your pores. They are also an excellent way to help pull out impurities on the skin as a result of environmental pollution. Therefore, you should mask your face at least thrice a week to make it radiant and protect it from the harmful effects of pollution.