It’s no mystery that too much sun is bad for your skin, but did you know there’s another major environmental threat to your skin out there? And by out there, I mean everywhere. Air pollution. Skin is the largest organ in the body and its job is to protect you from the outside world. It keeps the good stuff in place (vital organs, blood vessels, hair follicles) and keeps the harmful stuff out (ie extreme temperatures and harmful bacteria). Or in other words, if your body was a night club, your skin would be the bouncer and pollution would be the guy that drank too much and tries to start a fight. Your skin has kicked out pollution a bunch of times, but pollution just doesn’t know when to call it a night.
Although your skin tries to do its best to protect you, pollutants still sneak their way inside. When your skin absorbs these impurities from the environment, the result can be troublesome. When it comes to pollution, there are two threats you have to look out for: one is visible and involves particles you can see (particulates) and the other includes the gasses in the air (ozone). Particulates sit on the surface of your skin. If you fail to properly cleanse your skin at night, it makes it more difficult for your skin to do it’s job of regenerating and repairing itself.
To remove this pollutant from the surface of your skin, wash your face using the double cleansing method. And no, cleaning your face is not the same as double cleansing! If you aren’t practicing this method, it’s time to start. The double cleansing method isn’t a new system by any means, it traces back as far as 14th century China. The first cleansing step is to clean your face with a cleansing oil. Be sure to gently rub your skin in small circles for about a minute, then remove the oil with a warm washcloth. This step removes dirt, pollutants, sunscreen, and makeup at the superficial level. After that, a foaming cleanser is used to refresh the skin. This will help to get your skin clean at a deeper level, helping to dislodge impurities from the pores. Double cleansing helps to remove any pollutants from the surface of the skin first and then cleanses the skin itself second. Using gentle methods of cleansing helps to keep your skin clean without aggravating it too much.
Since you can’t see ozone pollutants, they’re a bit trickier to avoid. I can’t exactly recommend you to stop going outdoors, can I? But there are a couple of things you can do that will help. Physical activity is a great way to help toxins leave your body via perspiration. When you sweat, the pores on your body open up and give impurities a chance to exit from the surface of the skin. In fact, estheticians use steam during treatments to help open up the pores similar to the way perspiration opens the pores when exercising. Just make sure that following physical activity you cleanse your skin. If you don’t shower after working out, clogged pores may become worse.
Try to give your skin a helping hand and implement some of these tips into your daily routine! Thanks for reading.