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How Air Pollution Affects Skin and Makes it Prone to Marks?

Life in a city can be very exciting, but it also comes with its share of pollution, which not only affects your internal health but can also take a toll on your skin in the absence of a proper skincare routine.

What is Pollution?

Pollution is made up of aggressors that come from smog, vehicle fumes, dust and UV rays. These aggressors – Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Particulate Matters (PMs) and Nitrogen Oxides-contribute to skin damage.

How Pollution causes damage to your skin?

When your skin is exposed to the atmosphere, there’s a likelihood of pollutants, dirt and bacteria settling on your skin. To make matters worse, factors such as stress, lifestyle and dietary choices makes the skin prone to pimple marks and pigmentation.

Pimple marks can also be the result of collagen damage caused by pollutants that penetrate deep into the second skin layer – Dermis. Collagen is a type of protein that gives the skin cells its connectivity and elasticity and keeps the skin strong. Pimples usually occur in the hair follicles that are located in the Dermis, disrupting the collagen production which hinders proper healing of the skin layer, leaving you with unwanted pimple marks.

While pollution is an unavoidable part of modern city life, there is a solution to prevent pollution from causing damage to your skin – a proper skincare regime.

Anti-pollution Skincare Routine

While there is no escaping your busy schedule and the hazards of the city life, protecting your skin against pollution is critical. Here is what you must do:

Regular cleansing

Use a face wash with natural ingredients to clean your face regularly. For instance, the Bajaj Nomarks Ayurvedic Antimarks Face Wash for Normal Skin will be perfect for a deep cleanse and to remove dirt and impurities while retaining moisture. Washing your face two to three times a day will help keep your skin free of pore clogging foreign particles that lead to pimple and pimple marks.

Sunscreen & pollution protection

Never forget sun-block before you leave home for the day as UV rays can trigger the melanocyte cells to produce excess melanin, which causes pigmentation. Also, make sure you cover yourself well whenever you venture out as this gives you the added protection against the sun and pollutants. Moreover, make sure to wear sunglasses and a scarf around your face to protect the face skinfrom pollutants.

Weekly exfoliation

Once a week, use a scrub containing natural ingredients that will deep cleanse your face and rid the facial skin of dead skin cells and unwanted particles.

If you are suffering from visible marks and dark spots use the Bajaj Nomarks Ayurvedic Antimarks Exfoliating Face Scrub that not only lightens your pimple marks but also helps you get a clear, smooth and glowing complexion.

Diet and hydration

Drink lots of water and consume fruits with high water content like citrus fruits and watermelon, which make for a quick, refreshing snack. This will keep your skin moist and the natural anti-oxidants content in these fruits will fortify your immune system against skin-damaging free radicles that might have entered your system through the air.

Sleep

Peaceful, uninterrupted sleep is necessary for skin health. Aim to clock in eight hours, more often than not, as sleep deprivation leads to triggering the stress hormone ‘cortisol’ which increases the inflammation in the body that leads to marks and pigmentation.

Developing simple skin care and dietary routines go a long way in improving the health of your skin. Make sure to include Ayurveda based Bajaj Nomarks products in your daily skin care regime to deal with the harsh effects of the sun, weather and pollution which are responsible for pimples and pimple marks.

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