How does polluted air work?
The largest organ in our body - the skin, is in constant contact with harmful environmental factors. One of the main ones is urban pollution, along with solar radiation and cigarette smoke. Smog in big cities is one of the causes of premature skin aging - there are earlier appearance of wrinkles and dark spots. The skin reacts to lower amounts of oxygen in the air and the increased content of fine dust particles with dryness, irritability and loss of elasticity. Urban dwellers, especially children, also have a higher risk of atopic dermatitis.
Due to the constant harmful effects of fine dust particles weaken the functions of the skin, it is increasingly difficult to cope with oxidative stress, weakens its immunity and hinders regeneration. Inflammatory and autoimmune processes are activated, the protective function against the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun weakens. As a result, photoaging is accelerated, hyperpigmentation, cases of eczema, etc. are increased.
High temperatures and skin.
High temperatures and long sunshine in the summer aggravate the damage of urban pollution on the skin. Sweating helps the fine dust to stick and stay longer on exposed parts of the body.
What are the adequate skin care in these conditions?
In the first place is the tandem of cleansing and hydration - a powerful ally of the skin in all seasons, but especially in summer. Cleaning, in addition to water and a suitable detergent, preferably soap-free, includes rubbing with micellar water and a skin-friendly tonic. Recommended for sensitive and dry skin, as well as skin diseases such as psoriasis.
Hydration of the skin.
Hydration starts from the inside and includes intake of enough water and useful liquids such as freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, chilled herbal tea, kefir, tarator, light soups, as well as fresh raw fruits and vegetables. Watermelon, melon, citrus fruits, cucumbers and tomatoes have a pronounced moisturizing effect.
External hydration of the skin includes a tailored moisturizing product in a lighter texture during the summer months. Nutrient-rich and heavy-oiled winter creams should be replaced with light, fluid forms.
The second mandatory daily skin care in the summer is the sunscreen product. His choice depends entirely on the type of skin and its photosensitivity. Apply sunscreen at least 15-20 minutes before going out.