Anti-Pollution: How to protect the skin from air pollution
Created: 07/07/2022Updated: 07/07/2022 09:52
Polluted air is not only harmful to our lungs, but also to our skin.
With these tips you can protect your skin from wrinkles, enlarged pores or a pale complexion.
Along with UV radiation, dirty air is one of the archenemies of young skin.
In fact, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), air pollution is “one of the most damaging threats to global health.”
It is a challenge, especially for city dwellers, to protect their skin adequately.
This prevents damage from air pollution.
Why the skin suffers from air pollution
When people think of polluted air, they first think of lung damage, but it also has fatal effects on the skin.
In particular, the metal particles in the air caused by combustion processes in cars or power plants put a strain on the skin and put it under
These particles are many times smaller than a pore and can penetrate the epidermis with ease.
There they clog pores and attack the cells - and the skin barrier is damaged.
This can result in
collagen breakdown, loss of elasticity and
the formation of wrinkles.
Other effects, such as a pale complexion or impure skin, can often be seen more quickly.
Bad air has negative effects on our skin.
This protects the skin from bad air
First of all, you should clean your face thoroughly every day, preferably in the evening.
The so-called "Double Cleanse" is proven - i.e. the double application of a cleaning gel, oil, foam or a cleaning milk.
The double cleansing removes make-up residue and dirt particles that may have accumulated during the day and become stuck in the pores.
Cleansing in the
supports nocturnal cell regeneration.
A peeling, for example with fruit acid, is also recommended once or twice.
Existing damage is best dealt with in the morning and evening with serums.
Vitamin A, C or E will help reduce damage that is already there.
Additional support is given to the skin with
containing ceramides or hyaluronic acid.
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To prepare yourself for the day, treat your skin with protective care in the morning:
with a sun protection factor of SPF 30 or higher not only protect you from the sun, but also from pollutants in the air.
The cosmetics industry has recognized the problem and offers numerous products dedicated to air pollution.
They are often called "anti-pollution" and usually contain antioxidants that strengthen the skin barrier and support the skin in