Smog is terrible for the skin, and that’s a fact. Wrinkles, spots, blemishes, signs of aging: smog is often not the direct cause of these discolorations, but it can partially aggravate them. The face is a delicate part of the body and, therefore, must always be protected, not only in summer! Those who live in remote areas, such as the countryside, do not need to fight smog: for all others who live in big cities or the immediate vicinity, here are our 5 remedies to protect the skin from the effects of smog.
Facial cleansing is not only essential to remove dead skin cells or makeup residue. Even if you do not wear makeup and only wash your face with water, you may not act deeply against the smog particles, which always settle on our face, even at night! Do a quick check: soak a cotton ball in tonic or micellar water, when you get home, after a day’s work, rub it on your face. Unfortunately, if it is black, it is smog: an invisible but insidious enemy for the skin! In this sense, performing a facial cleansing accurately and thoroughly can also be useful. If you do not want to risk aggravating the situation, contacting your trusted beauty center is always better. The complexion immediately gains color and brightness by cleansing the face of impurities, some of which are due to smog.
2) Use Specific Products
The choice of skincare products, as well as cosmetics, must be made carefully; always look at the ingredient list.
Avoid products that contain:
Instead, applying creams containing vitamins A, C, E, and hyaluronic acid may be helpful, as these help the skin remain elastic and radiant.
3) Healthy habits
Skin is also taken care of from the inside out: choose carefully what you eat and follow a healthy lifestyle. Alcohol, smoking, and junk food deteriorate the skin, causing it to age prematurely. On the other hand, eating fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables provides the body and skin with valuable and necessary vitamins to ensure skin health, elasticity, softness, and radiance. Exercise and long walks in the outdoors (if possible) are very beneficial to health and, therefore, to the well-being of the skin!
4) Protection From the Sun
One of the most significant factors of premature skin aging is the sun’s UV rays. City dwellers mistakenly think they do not need to protect themselves from the sun, like those who live by the sea or in the mountains. Nothing could be further from the truth. However, the sun’s rays are harmful and can even filter through clouds. They are certainly stronger in summer, but it is essential to always use sunscreen, even in winter. Moreover, if we live in the city, the combination of UV rays and smog only worsens the situation, profoundly damaging the skin! Protecting the skin from the sun is essential in all seasons.
5) Yes to Makeup!
It may seem strange, but in reality, makeup is an effective remedy against smog. In fact, thanks to its formula, the foundation creates an authentic patina that protects the skin from external atmospheric influences. Therefore, even makeup can help prevent the disastrous effects of smog! Of course, adequate skincare that supports cosmetic products is essential.
6) Steam Bath
Once a week, you may also want to take a steam bath after massaging your skin with almond or coconut oil. Add a few drops of lavender or orange oil to the steamy water for rejuvenation. Before taking a bath, give your skin a warm coconut oil massage and then take a shower with warm water.
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