5 Best Ways To Protect Skin From Pollution

Environmental pollution is a major threat to your skin. As our skin is the largest organ of our body that forms the body’s primary defense barrier against environmental hazards, it is exposed and damaged the most by pollutants. The environmental pollutants are responsible for oxidizing the lipids that form the outer layer of the skin, which over time destroys the protective barrier of the skin and damages the DNA. Therefore, you need appropriate skin care to protect your skin from pollution.

Below Are The 5 Best Ways To Protect Skin From Pollution:

1. Skin Cleansing

Cleansing the face, neck and other exposed parts of your skin twice a day helps in removing the dust, grime and pollutants your skin collects from the environment.[1] Select an appropriate cleanser that best suits your skin and rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of the cleanser from your skin. However, do not overdo because excess cleansing will strip the natural oil from the skin and disrupt its natural pH.

Regular Cleansing

2. Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a vital antioxidant that supports collagen production and protects the skin from free radical-induced cell damage.[2] However, exposure to environmental pollutants reduces the concentration of vitamin C in your skin. Topical application of vitamin C can help in protecting your skin from pollutants.


3. Vitamin E

Topical application of vitamin E helps in maintaining the outermost defense barrier of the skin that protects against pollution and oxidative stress.[3] Applying moisturizers that contain vitamin E or natural oil rich in vitamin E to the skin helps in diminishing the effect of environmental pollutants on the skin.


4. Exfoliation

Exfoliation helps in removing the pollutants that had penetrated the dead skin. It also helps the skin care products to easily penetrate the skin and avert skin damage.[4] Mechanical exfoliation with abrasives such as sugar, salt or a cleansing cloth should be limited to two days per week. However, chemical exfoliants that contain salicylic acid or glycolic acid are milder and therefore can be used daily.

Coffee Exfoliating Facial Scrub

5. Green Tea

To protect your skin from environmental pollutants, apply green tea to your face.[5] When applied topically, the antioxidant compounds in green tea helps in fighting oxidative damage to the skin following exposure to environmental pollutants.