How Air Pollution Damages The Skin and How To Protect the Skin

Air pollution has now become a big concern, not just because of its effect on health, but the damage it causes to the skin. This post explains how air pollution damages the skin and how to protect your skin from the damages.

A lot of people don’t know that air pollution causes a lot of damages to our skin and health, this was largely due to the lack of scientific research in the past. Recently, however, studies are showing that by accelerating age spots and wrinkles, air pollution is aging the skin prematurely and causing other skin problems.

How does air pollution damage the skin?

The skin absorbs all the environmental pollutants and this is the major reason dermatologists are worried. Air Pollution can lead to smog, which is a reason for the aging of the skin. Smog is the amalgamation of dust particles, low-level ozone, and pollutants like carbon monoxide. When it is absorbed by the skin, air pollution deprives your skin of oxygen which later leads to skin aging, wrinkles, and loss of skin elasticity.

As we all know, vitamin E is an important nutrient for keeping skin nourished. However, the ozone layer which is a major pollutant strips off the Vitamin E, thereby causing dry skin. Exposure of the skin to smog can increase your risk of being prone to eczema and other skin problems like rashes, dryness, and acne.

Major air pollutants that have effects on the skin include the solar UVR, VOCs, PAHs, PM, NOx, O3, and cigarette smoke. Considerable effects mediated by air pollutants on the human skin may contribute to skin aging, atopic dermatitis, skin cancer, psoriasis, and acne.

How do you protect your skin from air pollution?

We all know that prevention is always better than cure, and this applies to dealing with skin issues. Therefore, taking good care of your skin which includes regular use of natural moisturizers like Moringa oil and wearing a good sunscreen when going out is foremost.

Wash your face twice daily and keep it as much clean as possible from dirt and other air impurities. Do not use harsh soaps or face wash. Instead, use a gentle product that contains natural ingredients such as moringa oil, argan oil, shea butter, honey, and aloe vera. Exfoliate your skin on every alternate day. You can make a scrub at home with a mixture of brown sugar, honey, and moringa oil. Moringa oil and honey contain antibacterial properties that protect the skin. They also fight age spots, discoloration, acne, and eczema.

Use skin products that contain anti-oxidants and act as a barrier such as Moringa oil, coconut oil, aloe vera. You should also opt for mineral make-up because it is a very effective barrier against air pollutants.

Every day before you sleep, after cleansing and first thing every morning, after cleansing your face, apply moringa oil on your face to protect and heal your skin. Moringa oil is loaded with antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties that protect and heal the skin. It also moisturizes the skin, preventing wrinkles and dry skin. Moringa oil helps reduce acne and fade dark spots.

Moringa scrub:

  • 2tbsp Coffee grounds very finely ground
  • 2tbsp. Honey
  • 2tbsp. Moringa oil
  • 1tbsp. Turmeric(optional)
  • 1tbsp goat milk powder (optional)

Directions: Mix ingredients together and rub on wet body in circular motion. Rinse with warm water after 5-10 minutes.

Bottom line

It’s very important to protect yourself from pollutants, whether you’re indoors or outdoors. Using moringa oil as a daily moisturizer will protect your skin and keep it looking young.


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