Pretty Hair is Fun: Guest Post: How to fight the toxins and pollution that cause your skin to age

How to fight the toxins and pollution

that cause your skin to age

There has been much research over the years into the effect on health of the pollutants and toxins that we come into contact with on a regular basis. These pollutants have been linked with several illnesses including cancer and breathing problems. It seems that they also have a detrimental effect on the condition and appearance of your skin.

There have been several studies into the effect of pollutants on skin, including one which was published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology in 2010. The researchers spoke to a selection of women in their 70s and 80s and took a look at the effect of their living environment on the aging in their skin. It was found that increased levels of pollutants such as traffic emissions, soot and general air pollution led to the appearance of more wrinkles and age spots. Other studies have followed which have also indicated a link between exposure to pollution and skin aging.

So what can you do to reduce the aging effects that pollutants and toxins can have on your skin? Here are some top tips.

Do not forget the basics

It’s certainly a good idea to use an anti-aging wrinkle serum, but you should not just stop there. Using this type of product does not mean that you can just forget about the basics. The most important way of protecting yourself against pollutants is making sure they do not remain on your skin. This is why it’s essential to keep your skin clean and employ a daily cleansing routine.

Remove dead layers of skin

How often do you currently exfoliate? This is an important process when it comes to protecting your skin against pollution. You get rid of dead skin which may potentially have held on to some pollutants, and it’s replaced by fresh skin cells. You do not have to spend too much time on this process; exfoliating a couple of time a week should be sufficient.

Eat your way to protection

Protecting your skin is not just about what you do externally. It’s a good idea to include plenty of fruit and vegetables in your diet. These foodstuffs contain plenty of antioxidants which help fight against the production of free radicals in your skin. If you do not protect yourself these free radicals, which are created by pollution, can start to cause tissue damage.

Protect against pollution when you protect against the sun

Everyone knows that sunscreen protects your skin against the harmful effects of UV rays but you may not know that this actually helps protect your skin against pollution too. If your skin is exposed to UV rays they can increase the effect of pollution, so you can see how sunscreen is beneficial.

Skin does start to age naturally as the years pass, but you do not want this to happen prematurely. You need to be aware of the effect that pollutants can have on your skin and remember to protect yourself against them.

~ James Andrews