Posted 02 Oct 2017

How To Protect Facial Skin From Effects Of Pollution

Here’s how to save your facial skin in a jiffy.


“Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.” – Coco Chanel.


The Threat Is Real

Most skincare companies emphasise how the sun is a major villain, but they neglect to tell you that pollution is just as harmful. Research shows that pollution speeds up aging process by 10% in urban women versus those who live in the countryside. It makes sense that the latter look younger for longer and have better skin. Wrinkling skin, dehydrated skin and skin breakouts are common effects of pollution.


It’s A Part Of Life

Naturally, with aging, skin starts to lose moisture and elasticity. However, this process is exacerbated by pollution and harsh environments. Fortunately, this is one natural disaster you can help combat through simple changes to your skincare routine. All you need is a bottle of commitment and a home facial therapy.


Model touches her face after washing her hands.


5 Fun Facts About Skincare

Skin on the face is more sensitive to pollution than skin on your body, as the former is thinner and has less barrier protection. This explains why skin problems on the face is more common than the latter. 

Did you know?

  • 3000 years ago, people were already finding ways to treat aging skin.
  • In Ancient Rome, some women used crocodile dung as a skincare regime.
  • The 21st century sees K-Beauty (Korean Beauty) products use natural ingredients such as snail secretions, starfish extract and pearl powder to make the skin glow.
  • South Korean men invest on skincare products more than any other men in the world.
  • Four days of sitting behind your laptop is equivalent to 20 minutes exposure of direct sunlight at midday.


4 Mistakes You Make At Face Wash

  • Use a soap to clean your face.
  • Dry and wipe your face with a towel.
  • Cleanse your face more than twice a day.
  • Scrub your face too hard and long.


Cleanse, Wipe And Repeat

Germs and bacteria are everywhere. Whether in the air, in the waters or your pillowcase, the list doesn’t stop there.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water regularly to get rid of germs.
  • Refrain from touching your face with your hands as they’re covered with germs.
  • Cleanse your face before bed even if you don’t wear makeup to remove all the gunk and pollution built up on your outer skin layer, and to allow better absorption of other skincare products.
  • Wash your face in the A.M. to clean your skin from germs on your pillowcase, grease from your hair and bacteria from your saliva.


Model cleanses her face every morning and every night.


Ignorance Is Not A Bliss

This list may seem intimidating, but it is hardly anything compared to the skincare routine Asian women practice.

  • Choose the right cleanser that suits your skin type because an oilier face requires a cleanser that removes excess oil and pollutants.
  • Apply sunscreens that protect against harmful blue light from your electronics and UV rays that could cause skin aging and cancer.
  • Use night creams that are high in antioxidant properties, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E to enforce the skin barrier and let them do the work for you while you snooze.
  • Eat foods that have antioxidants such as fruits, vegetables, seafood and oils. Vitamin C enriches the skin and Vitamin E strengthens it.
  • Drink plenty of water to flush the impurities out of the body and to maintain your skin moisture.


Healthy foods boost healthy skin.


Taking care of your skin can go a longer way than you might think. It not only increases skin longevity, it improves your overall health.


As Dr. Murad puts it, “Healthy skin is a reflection of overall wellness.”


What’s the best part? It only takes a few minutes of your attention a day. It’s so easy, it’s totally worth it.


Start a proper skincare routine today and save your face from the effects of pollution.


If you have your own skincare regime, tell us how it’s working out for you in the comments below. We would love to hear about your experience.


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