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Protect Skin Against Air Pollution

 

What Pollutants Harm Skin?

Air Pollution includes car exhaust airborne dirt and dust particles, smog. Cigarette smoke has toxic effects, but smoke from wildfires can damage our health.A major pollutant that affects the skin is sulfur. I has many sources, but the main offenders are vehicle emissions, the pulp and paper industry, and petroleum refineries.

Protection From the Outside

Any type of dirt that is allowed the stay on the skin, such as air pollution clogs the pores.  Clogged pores contribute the acne and dull-looking skin. As a result the skin becomes over sensitized, eczema and skin rashes can also develop when a person has long-term exposure to air pollution.Washing the face daily daily will remove airborne particles. Exfoliating twice a week, or as often as appropriate for the individual’s skin condition, helps keep pores clear. Moisturizing at  least once a day helps maintain and repair the skin’s natural protective barrier.

Support From the Inside

Air pollution enters our bodies as we breathe. Drinking enough water every day hydrates the skin and helps the  liver to remove toxic substances from the blood.  Results show in the skin of if we are hydrating enough with water. Begin your day with a glass of warm water and lemon, and add liver-friendly foods such as beets, broccoli, cabbage, kale Swiss chard, and other cruciferous vegetables will support this important organ and the detoxification work. Eating more fruit is advantageous as well, because of its antioxidant properties.  Berries and red beans are at the top of the list for antioxidant quantity per serving.

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