Protect Your Skin Against Pollution

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Your skin acts as the front line soldiers against contaminates and toxins in our environment. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and can easily become affected by the every day pollution we encounter just going about our lives. These toxins can cause skin to age prematurely, especially on the face, neck, and hands. Smog, dirt, and dust can all come into contact with the sun’s ultraviolet rays, creating free radicals that deplete oxygen in skin cells and hinder collagen production. These encounters can lead to wrinkles, rough patches, and acne. It can also give the skin a dull appearance or even cause skin conditions like allergies, eczema, or blood vessel damage.

Cleanse Skin Daily

To help protect your skin you can simply ensure your skin care routine includes cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing. Beauty 360 Illuminating Facial Cleanser(CVS.com $6.99), Studio 35 Beauty Witch Hazel Toner-Cleanser(walgreens.com), and Equate Beauty Strinkingly Unique Moisturizing Lotion(Walmart.com for $3.98 – SAVE $8.89!) can all work towards protecting your skin.

Drinking Green tea or using other products that contain antioxidants can also combat pollutants in the skin.

Limit Chlorine Exposure

Sadly this is a toxic chemical that is used in our sanitary water supplies. That means we drink, cook, and bathe with it. Limiting your exposure to this harmful chemical will help avoid dangerous long term effects like aging skin and serious agitation to lungs. Consider a water softener with a carbon filter to remove chlorine and many other contaminants so that you and your family can live chlorine free. Also, avoid pools and other heavily chlorinated water bodies if possible.

Block Pollution

Living in a bustling city can expose you and your loved ones to contaminants that you cannot completely avoid. However; there are ways to minimize their effects. Overexposure to UV radiation can cause wrinkles and even skin cancer over time. Find a great moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated all day with an SPF to help create the much needed barrier between your skin, free radicals and other pollutants. Protect yourself by wearing sunscreen on your face, neck and take a daily vitamin c supplement. Always cover up when outside for extended periods of time and bring a hat wherever you go.

Hydrate

This seems to come up in almost every post we do. Water is the essence of life! Staying hydrated with one of the most abundant resources on the planet should be an easy task. Water hydrates skin, generates cell growth, improves circulation, and improves skin elasticity. Try to find a good source of water that has not been contaminated or treated with chlorine. Otherwise, invest in a good filter that will remove chlorine and fluoride at the source so that you are not subjected to it.

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