When you live in an area where you can’t always see the pollution in the air around you, it’s almost easy to forget that it’s out there and having an effect on your skin. Unfortunately, environmental pollution does a part in how your skin looks and feels, not just in the short term, but in the long term as well. The following are five ways that pollution damages your skin along with ideas for what you can do to help combat the issue.
It Could Speed Up the Aging Process
Many of us do what we can on a daily basis to try and put the brakes on the aging process, but it turns out that the pollution we walk through every day could be trying to speed things up. All those little particles could be causing fine lines and wrinkles to appear before their time, and in the process, may be making you look older than your age.
You May Experience Irritation
Yes, pollution could even cause your skin to get irritated which obviously isn’t good for the look or feel of your skin. The problem could be made even worse if you’re using products to try to fix the issue and those products aren’t right for your skin. For example, if you’re supposed to be using products that are specifically for those who have sensitive skin and you opted for a product meant to only be used by those who don’t have skin sensitivities, that irritation may get even worse.
Acne may flare up
Pollution could clog up pores and lead to blackheads and pimples popping up on your face which is just one of the reasons why it’s so important to develop an excellent skincare regimen and stick to it whether or not you’re acne prone. For example, rather than wait until the end of the night to wash your face, wash it when you get home.
Your Skin Could Get Drier
We all know how uncomfortable skin dryness can be especially when it involves flaking and itchiness. Not only do you have to try and avoid scratching at it but you’re also going to likely have issues with makeup application if you wear any and you’re trying to cover up the dry, flaky patches.
Dark Spots Could Appear
Many don’t think they’re going to see dark spots appear on the skin until they’re much older, but that may not be the case if pollution has any say in the matter. You may notice them start to appear on your skin especially if you tend to spend a good amount of time outdoors without sunscreen. It’s just one of the many reasons it’s so important to wear sunscreen every day, even in winter, and apply it before you leave the house and after you go swimming and you sweat.
Now that you know a little more about how pollution could have a damaging effect on your skin, there are a few things you can do (other than try and move to a less polluted area if you so desire, of course). In addition to keeping your skincare routine on point, eat a healthy diet that’s chock-full of antioxidant-rich foods such as blueberries and don’t forget to drink enough water. Lastly, your dermatologist and esthetician are important people to have on your team in the battle against pollution, so make sure to schedule appointments with them often to help keep your skin in tip-top shape.