Air pollution and your skin: what you need to know

We’re constantly trying to shield our skin from what’s tangible, visible and noticeable – the sun, winter, hot water – but if there’s one thing I wish my patients would add to that list, it would be air pollution. Yes, we can’t see it… But we know it’s there, and it’s anything but good for our skin! No one asks about it, but no one listens either when I tell them it’s essential that they protect themselves.

That’s why today, I’m going to break down a recent study on the effects of air pollution on skin for you. Carried out by Olay researchers and Wei Liu, M.D., head of the dermatology department at the General Hospital of the Air Force, in Beijing, the group studied the relationship between that city’s air quality—among the worst in the world—and the incidence of dermatological skin conditions.

After studying 200 women over the course of a year in Beijing’s least and most polluted areas, unsurprisingly, here’s what they found: women in highly polluted areas had significantly worse skin hydration. In addition, their skin-barrier function was more affected compared to women living in less polluted suburbs – even when it came to women in high-pollution districts making better lifestyle choices!

So what can you do about it when it’s all around you? You don’t exactly have to leave the city life for quiet suburbia – but you can use the right products. The key to battling air pollution is ensuring you use antioxidants… And lucky for you, that’s what Likewise Skincare is all about.

I would highly recommend trying the Likewise Daily Moisturizer, which is packed with antioxidants to combat sun damage, pollution and smoking – all the things that speed up the aging process. You can find antioxidants in your foods too, such as avocados and nuts. Definitely take a look at one of our older blogs detailing more good anti-aging habits to start developing as well – you’ll thank us years down the line!

Source: 10th Annual Conference of the Chinese Dermatologist Association. (?) [Insert alternate source if you managed to locate it?]

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