Do you know what the largest organ in your body is? It’s your skin! Amazing, isn’t it? In the average adult, it weighs about eight pounds, which is a whopping 22 square feet.
Despite being relatively waterproof, insulating and protecting the body from extreme temperatures, the skin is not immune to pollution. If you live in an urban area, you likely experience the effects on a daily basis. This raises the question: can you protect your skin from pollution and if so, how?
Why do you have to protect your skin from pollutants?
Air pollutants attack your skin on a daily basis. Carbon monoxide, exhaust fumes and urban dust are the main culprits. In conjunction with UV rays, these greatly reduce the skin’s collagen production, resulting in a loss of elasticity. In turn, this loss of elasticity gives the skin a rougher texture that favours the appearance of small skin folds, hence the popularity of anti-wrinkle and fine line treatments.
Pollution effects on the skin
Toxins in pollution that accumulate on the skin cause the skin pores to become clogged. When this happens, the largest organ in your body struggles to oxygenate, causing uneven skin tone, dehydration, dryness, brown spots and premature aging. Urban life prevents us from avoiding indoor and outdoor pollutants. Our skin is therefore immersed in a harmful environment every day.
Solutions to counter the effects of pollution
While there is no way to completely avoid pollutants, there are some methods that can minimize their effects. To remove air pollutants from your skin, wash your face every day, morning and evening. Also use an effective makeup remover suited to your skin type. In addition, get into the habit of exfoliating twice a week. In addition to decongesting pores, exfoliant helps to remove dead cells, pollutants, dirt and accumulated bacteria. Then, moisturize your skin morning and evening. For this, apply a serum loaded with active ingredients, followed by a good moisturizer. Eating foods high in antioxidants and healthy fats is another way to promote the health of your skin tissues.
Some non-invasive aesthetic treatments are also known to combat the effects of pollution on the skin. These include the Clear & Brilliant treatment, which treats excessive dilation of skin pores, fine lines and wrinkles. Others, such as Perma, focus more on skin dehydration. These are only a small sample of the different treatments available, given that many exist.
Protect your skin from pollution today
The effects of pollution cannot be completely avoided. However, by adopting a healthy lifestyle and opting for certain aesthetic treatments, you will ensure that you age beautifully and keep your skin radiant, even if you live in the urban jungle.
Univers NuFace offers a wide range of aesthetic treatments to combat the effects of pollution on the skin. For more information on treatments available in our clinic or for a free consultation, contact Univers NuFace.