How to Protect Your Skin from Air Pollution Damage


The sun is not the only environmental stressor for your skin. Air pollution may contribute to age spots and other signs of aging. So what can you do to help reduce this effect, especially when constantly surrounded by pollutants?

1. Wash Your Face

An important tip for protecting your skin against air pollution is to remember to wash your face at the end of each day. This removes dirt, makeup and pollutants that have accumulated on your skin throughout the day, helping to prevent oxidative damage caused by pollution.

While sunscreen is your best defense against UV rays, it does little to protect your skin against air pollution.

2. Exfoliate

In addition to washing your face, regular exfoliation can help to sweep away the outer layer of dead skin cells that may be trapping dirt and pollutants on your skin. This could lead to inflammation, breakouts and premature age spots.

Keep in mind, however, that too much exfoliation can backfire, as it may cause your skin to be overly dry and irritated. Find the right balance for your skin type and discuss your skin care needs with a board-certified dermatologist.  He or she can suggest suitable skin rejuvenation treatments for your skin type.

3. Utilize Antioxidants

Pollution can contribute to oxidative stress on your skin and potentially lead to pre-mature aging.  As the name suggests, skin products with antioxidants such as Vitamins C and E can help to neutralize the effects of oxidation, thus preventing these harmful effects.