City Living And Your Skin
Whether you grew up in a major city or moved there for work or school, you may have noticed that your skin isn’t as healthy as it could be. In addition, you may be struggling with premature ageing, blemishes, inflammation, or unbalanced skin. In your effort to regain your clear skin and healthy glow, you have probably tried just about everything. However, you may not be turning to the right beauty solutions, which are specifically designed to address city living.
Toxins And Pollutants
City air has around 50 times more toxins and pollutants than country or suburban air. There is simply no way to avoid the toxins in the air when you step outside, but there is much more that you can do inside.
- Invest in beautiful air purifying plants that will help to remove the toxins in the air – both at home and work.
- Consider an electronic air purifier.
- Sweep, mop, vacuum floors regularly, and deep clean your home at least once each year.
- Do not wear your shoes at home.
- Choose low/no-toxin home furnishings and accessories.
- Make your own cleaning supplies from natural ingredients, or purchase only green cleaners.
Rethink Your Skincare And Beauty Products
While cosmetics and other skincare and beauty products aren’t shy about sharing what they can do for you, always read the labels carefully. It is true that almost every beauty product contains natural ingredients, but unless they state otherwise, they also contain multiple chemicals. Consider switching to all-natural, or mostly natural, skincare and beauty products. This includes body lotion, makeup, hair care products, hand and body soap, lip balm, toothpaste, deodorant, and any other product you apply to your skin. To further protect the sensitive skin on your face, mix a protective barrier cream in with your morning moisturiser.
Amplify Your Antioxidant Intake
Pollutants and toxins are referred to as oxidants. Oxidants can damage your skin and cells both internally and externally – leading to everything from fine lines and wrinkles to illness and disease. One of the ways to counteract the negative effects of oxidants is to increase your antioxidants. You can do this by eating more whole foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices, grains, and natural meats and dairy – organic if possible. Also, turn to antioxidant-packed daily skincare and beauty products.
Gentle Detox For Skin And Body
When your skin is ageing prematurely, or simply doesn’t look its best, it is not just responding to external areas of opportunity, but to the need to detox your skin and body. However, detoxing doesn’t need to be extreme, it can be gentle too. A few healthy ways to detox include:
- Drinking at least 8 full glasses of hydrating fluids each day – water, herbal tea, lemon water, or coconut water.
- Take a weekly or bi-monthly Epsom salt bath.
- Sweat on a weekly basis, with exercise, steam, or sauna.
- Dry brush your body
- Make short-term or long-term, gentle, dietary changes.
City Lifestyle And Your Skin
Living in a city often comes with professional obligations and a jam-packed schedule that is everything but skin-healthy. If your lifestyle keeps you running from dusk till dawn, skipping sleep, eating poorly, and stressed to the max, all that will begin to show on your skin. Even if it’s not perfect, you may find taking some of the following measures immensely helpful:
- Eat healthy, even when dining out.
- Hydrate when consuming alcohol.
- Get more sleep instead of more coffee.
- If needed/possible, hire a personal assistant to lighten your workload.
There are so many wonderful things about city life, and with the tips above, your skin will not have to suffer just because you like living in the hustle and bustle of a major metropolis.
Do you live in the city? Do you see the effects of toxins on your skin from city living? What, if anything, do you do about it? Please let me know in the comments below.
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