How Pollution is Aging Your Skin
And what you can do about it!
First, the bad news: an overwhelming number of recent studies have proven what dermatologists have long suspected. Environmental toxins not only speed up aging and cause uneven skin tone, dark spots and – gasp – wrinkles, they’ve also been linked to skin cancer. And no one is immune. Whether you live in the center of the city, the Starbucks suburbs or the rural recesses, microscopic pollutants enter the air around you via cars, fires and even home renovations (for a start). From there, these tiny menaces infiltrate your pores, leading to inflammation, dehydration and loss of collagen, which, among other things, means a decrease in elasticity and firmness.
But don’t worry, there’s good news, too. A little mindfulness goes a long way and with a few simple changes to your daily beauty routine, you can reduce the effect of environmental toxins on your skin’s health and appearance.
First, consider how (and when) you cleanse!
We all know we should wash our faces… but doing so thoroughly, twice a day is vital to keeping contaminants in check. A mild cleanser applied with fingers every morning will prepare your skin for the day without stripping it of hydration. Acne-prone skin may require something more potent and dry skin may necessitate extra moisture. No matter your skin type, in the evening, apply a gentle, exfoliating scrub (use it every other night if your skin is extra-dry or easily irritated). And finish up with a swab of toner to remove any stickier impurities still caked in your pores.
Second, fight those free radicals!
You’ve probably heard of the dastardly molecules that poke holes in collagen, leading to hyperpigmentation, fine lines, acne and rosacea. But did you know that free radicals are also responsible for the cell mutations that can cause cancer? Fortunately, anti-oxidants neutralize free radicals and reduce their impact, whether applied to your skin or ingested. So, load up on leafy greens, blueberries and other anti-oxidant rich foods, and slather your skin in antioxidant serum after each cleanse. And don’t forget the sunscreen all year round – it’s the most important defense of all! We recommend JAFRA’s new Royal Jelly Solar Protection Fluid Broad Spectrum SPF 50 as a double duty defense system. It’s only one product, but it blocks pesky rays and helps combat environmental pollutants!