HOW TO PROTECT OUR SKIN FROM POLLUTION

From the moment we step outside, we are exposed to pollution. Alongside the sun, pollution is one of the leading contributors to skin damage and premature aging. As dirt, dust and smog float through the air they come into contact with the sun’s UV rays. This creates free radicals, highly charged molecules of oxygen which are harmful to both our skin and our body. 

In attacking the skin cells and damaging DNA, pollution strips our skin of moisture, causing a host of unwanted and unsightly damages. These include fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tones and discolouration. 

Aside from moving to the countryside where there are barely any cars, there are certain steps we can take to help protect our skin from the adverse effects of pollution. 

Cleanse and exfoliate thoroughly 

In order to remove the dirt, dust and smog that pollution leaves on our skin, it is important that you wash your face daily with a high quality cleanser and exfoliate twice a week. Johnson’s Face Care range includes cleansers tailored to your skin type and which are suitable for sensitive skin. Using a decent cleanser that cleans deeply without being too harsh on the skin will help unclog the pores of those potentially damaging free radicals. 

To achieve an even deeper cleanse, exfoliate the skin twice a week to remove any residual dirt and grease that may be clogging up the pores. 


Use skincare products with antioxidants

Johnson’s bodycare range also includes products that contain antioxidants which have been proven to combat pollutants in the skin. Always opt for a moisturiser that contains these ingredients as this will help feed the skin and eliminate the harmful effects of pollution.

Filter water

Air pollution is not the only type of pollution that can damage the skin. Whilst we should drink plenty of water to keep the skin well-hydrated, water pollution can have terribly damaging effects. Eliminate the risk of drinking polluted water by filtering your water before drinking. This will ensure it is free of chlorine and other toxins and is a relatively simple process to adopt as part of your daily routine.

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