You don’t see it every day, but air pollution can wreak havoc on your skin! Air pollution has been linked to numerous adverse skin conditions including eczema, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, acne, and skin cancer. Additionally, it can lead to cosmetic problems like premature aging and undesired pigmentation. No one wants that!

Large particles of air sit on top of your skin, causing irritation and inflammation. The smaller particles actually break through the skin barrier, enter through pores and cause damage to your collagen! When you lose collagen, you lose elasticity in the skin, leaving you looking older.

So, now what do you do? How do you combat the environmental stressors on your skin? One of the biggest and most effective ways to combat air pollution is to wash your face at the end of the day! This literally washes off those large particles of pollution. Next, make sure you’re getting the most out of your skincare routine. Every morning, you should use and antioxidant like Vitamin C to create a barrier between your skin the the outdoor air.

Finally, make sure to wear sunscreen every single day! This adds yet another layer of protection for your skin. More importantly, it protects your skin from UV damage as well.  Know what the environment is like around you. Do you live in a city? Do you live near train tracks or the airport? All of these things can significantly change how you age.

You can always check an air pollution map to see how your area rates on air pollution. Right now, Fine Particulate Matter  concentrations in Denver are expected to be in the Good to Moderate range! Not too bad, but plan ahead, wash well and apply appropriate products for protection.