According to this year’s State of the Air report, 138.5 million people live in counties where pollution levels make air unhealthy to breathe. A shocking fact for your lungs, but what does that have to do with your skin? A lot, actually. Keep reading for all of the dirty details on how pollution is harming your skin!
Pollution is a big problem in the U.S.; this is not new news. Pollution is also one of the leading causes of premature skin aging. It’s not as buzzed about, but it’s right up there with smoking and the sun. The reason why is pretty simple—polluted air is chock-full of free radicals. Which means being diligent about your SPF application is important, but only part of the story. If you live in an urban area, your skincare routine should include products with targeted anti-pollution ingredients. Choose products with a cocktail of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Look for green tea, red tea, lime tea, vitamin C, vitamin E, and idebenone (a powerful antioxidant)—all of these ingredients neutralize free radicals and protect skin from air pollution.
Keep scrolling for five products that will fight off pollution-caused aging!