You probably already know that air pollution is bad for your health. But did you know that it is bad for your skin too? Research has shown that air pollution has a big impact on the skin, and this is why it is important to take good care of it. It is important to protect your skin from air pollution. Air pollution is many things and originates from traffic, production, cigarette smoke and smog, among other things. It is made of gasses and particles from many places. Most of the air pollution is created by humans but nature is also able to pollute the air.

Across the world, nine out of ten people breathe air exceeding WHO’s, the World Health Organization, guideline limits of pollutants. This is a global problem. It is practically impossible to avoid polluted air, but the concentration is especially high in the cities. Many countries are monitoring the air quality and you can see the results online. Try and look, maybe you can find the results from your area. You can also find a lot of data from WAQI (World Air Quality Index) here. This will show you many air pollution levels from around the world.

Free radicals and its protection

You have probably tried it before: You cut an apple and after a while on the kitchen counter it has turned brown. It is a natural process and happens because of unstable molecules, also known as free radicals. They weaken the cells in the apple, and the result is the apple turning brown. More precisely, the free radicals are missing electrons and therefore they try to steal them from others, creating problems. The free radicals are natural and especially present in polluted air. They are the ones who can damage your skin. They do the same thing with the skin’s cells as with the apple’s, and this weakening of the cells can among other things lead to premature skin aging.

Air pollution’s harmful impact is not something you can spot right away. It is a slow process which over the years can lead to pigment spots and aging of the skin, and it can create or worsen irritations and other skin conditions. This is why you should care about this today: To help your skin in the long run. Even though you cannot avoid air pollution altogether, luckily there are several things you can do to counteract the damages, it potentially can do to your skin.

What you can do: 

Balanced diet
The great warrior when it comes to fighting free radicals from air pollution is antioxidants. Antioxidants are very important to your body. They neutralize the free radicals by giving them electrons, so they lose their harmful effect. Antioxidants are found in many foods such as fruit, vegetables and whole grain products. By having a balanced diet, you are very well covered.

Skin care with antioxidants
Your diet is not the only way to get antioxidants. Use a skin care product with antioxidants to protect the skin from air pollution. LYKKEGAARD Anti-Pollution Protective Face Cream contains ingredients like sunflower, oats and cloudberry, all rich in antioxidants that fight free radicals. Use it every morning to protect the skin during the day.

Clean the skin
Another important step to care for your skin is cleansing it properly. By doing so, you remove pollution buildup and prepare the skin for your care product so it can penetrate deeper into the skin. Here, you should also pick a product that contains antioxidants. With the right routine you cleanse and protect the skin properly. Choose a mild cleansing product that removes particles from pollution but does not strip your skin from its natural oils. Try out LYKKEGAARD Refreshing Facial Cleansing Foam with antioxidants and certified organic ingredients. Follow up with micellar water or a skin tonic – or LYKKEGAARD Micellar 3 in 1 Tonic that is both and also contains antioxidants. This will remove all buildup.

Less exposure
A few changes in your routines can make a big difference. For an example, it has great importance for the air in your home if you open a window toward a busy street or to the yard. The route you take when commuting can also have importance when you travel outdoors. How is your route to work? Can you take a route where you are less exposed to traffic or other sources of air pollution?

Remember sunscreen
Free radicals come from many places, not just polluted air. Ultraviolet radiation from sunlight creates free radicals too that can damage the skin. This is why it is important to use sunscreen for the best possible protection from the environmental impact in your everyday life.
Do you want to know more about what ingredients fight air pollution? On our website you can learn more about each ingredient and its properties in our ingredient glossary here.


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