When you move to a big city, life as you know it can change. You finally have your own place (no matter how small it might be), the freedom to do what you want when you want and career opportunities waiting around every corner. However, you might not realize the effects that city life can have on your skin. In addition to UV rays from the sun, air pollution heightens exposure to urban factors such as exhaust gases, smoke, and smog — all which can accelerate the signs of aging and damage your skin. On this week’s blog, FREEDOM Naturals® is spotlighting four tips to protect your skin against urban pollution.
- Cleanse, and Cleanse Well
We’ve all been guilty of snuggling up in bed without washing our faces. But as lovely as it might sound to forgo your skincare routine for the night, you’re actually doing more harm than good. When you are out and about in the elements all day, microscopic pollution particles invade your skin and seep into your pores. Make sure to thoroughly wash and cleanse your face before bed each night, as well as wipe down your neck and chest.
- Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times – drinking water is crucial for your health as a whole, but this is especially true when it comes to protecting your skin. Studies have shown that people who live in polluted areas have significantly lower skin hydration, and drinking water is one of the easiest ways to combat this. When your skin is adequately hydrated, it can perform at its best and flush out pollutants and toxins, generate cell growth and improve circulation.
- Incorporate Antioxidants Into Your Diet
What you put on your skin is just as important as what you put in your mouth. Foods that are high in antioxidants, such as oranges and spinach, will help fight collagen-depleting pollutants. Raw fruits and vegetables are packed with skin-protective antioxidants and carry a lot of water, which helps keep your skin’s barrier hydrated and resistant to everyday urban pollutants. Pro tip: when selecting fruits and veggies, the more colorful, the better!
- Use Products That Strengthen Your Skin’s Barrier
In addition to cleansing, hydrating and packing your diet with antioxidants, you should also use products that specifically protect against pollution and strengthen your skin’s barrier. FREEDOM Naturals® Brightening Moisturizer is infused with key ingredients such as novel botanicals, shea butter and meadowfoam seed oil that help soothe and balance skin against urban pollutions, as well as give your skin that healthy, glowing look. The Brightening Moisturizer can be used all over your face or specific areas and can be applied at least once daily.
Don’t let urban pollution put a damper on your new life in the city. For more information on FREEDOM Naturals® and other anti-pollution skincare products, visit www.freedomnaturals.com.