Skin Care: Air Pollutants

Salon 210's Advice on combating Air Pollutants

Dear, Skin Care: Air Pollutants

My name is Trina. I am 18 years old and I live in New York City. I've always wondered if the pollutants in the air from all the taxis, buses, and cars within the city affect our skin and its composition. So do air pollutants really affect our skin?

Eating Right Helps Keeps your Skin Nice and Bright

Dear, Trina.

Air pollutants do affect our skin in many ways. Gasses in the ozone, like nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and carbon dioxide are broken down by UV rays and end up in our skin. As a result, they broken down particles destroy proteins and lipids in our skin. This causes darker skin, inflammation and broken capillaries. Which results in symptoms like hotness and itchiness.

In order to fight this problem, you can do a multitude of methods. First off, clean off soot and makeup daily, these chemicals clog up your pores and result in breakouts. Then, use an oil based cleanser to properly remove the remaining dirt and gunk on your skin. Finally, eat more antioxidants. The vitamins in antioxidants help to stop free radicals in our skin that cause oxidative stress.

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