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Protect your skin from pollution

Today :- Jan –January is all about cleaning up your act and ditching things that are harmful, like caffeine and booze. But what about toxins coming from the air? Pollution is the buzzword in skincare for 2016, thanks to new research into exactly what it does to your skin. It’s not all doom and smoggy gloom though, as it’s easy to protect yourself with the latest air defenses.
SO, WHY IS EVERYONE TALKING ABOUT POLLUTION?
Clearly nobody ever thought dirty air was great for skin, but now we know exactly why it can add years on to you. A quick science fact –air pollution is made up of particles that love latching onto your face. Some bind to the fats in your skin, while others are tiny enough to slip in through your pores.
HOW BAD CAN A BIT OF MUCKY AIR BE?
Very. First of all, pollution attacks the skin barrier; so your first line of defense is breached. Moisture drains away and skin gets dry and rough. A weakened barrier also leaves you wide open to skin allergies, so you can suddenly react to products you’ve used for years.
IS POLLUTION ACTUALLY GOING TO MAKE ME LOOK OLD?
Afraid so. Pollutant particles trigger free radicals, which cause the same sort of ageing that too much sun can lead to. It’s not just a case of early onset wrinkles either. “There’s a link between air pollution and pigmentation spots on the forehead and cheeks, which previously were thought to be caused solely by the sun, “says pollution expert Dr Jean Krutman.
I DON’T LIVE IN A CITY. SO I’M OKAY, RIGHT?
Obviously the more polluted the air you breathe, the greater the ill effects. However, research shows that 90% of people living in built-up areas are breathing polluted air. It doesn’t just come from gridlocked traffic or factory fumes either. For instance, cigarette smoke (including the passive variety) is packed with pollutant particles. Plus, research is now looking at indoor sources of air pollution, from stoves and fireplaces to foam insulation and even computer printers!
SUN AND SMOG –DOUBLE TROUBLE
SPF itself won’t protect you from pollution, but skipping it will make the UV and air toxins work as a kind of skin supervillain tag team, which means a combination of sun exposure and a polluted environment causes more damage than the two things individually. In short, wear SPF all year round.
THE ANTI-POLLUTION DIET
Support your beauty regime by upping your intake of pollution-fighting nutrients:
• Seaweed supergreens like kelp, chlorella and spirulina. These bind to heavy metals in the body and help remove them.
• Antioxidants from any fruit and vegetable, especially greens, berries, peppers, sweet potatoes, carrots and chillis. Nuts and seeds are great, too.
• Live yoghurt and fermented products like kefir grains. After all, good bacteria equals better nutrient absorption and more efficient toxin removal.
By Teennews Network team

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