Three steps to combat air pollutants and protect your skin!

Around November, the weather in Taiwan isn’t only hot, but there are also large amounts of pollutants in the air. Though the air pollutant rating is a PM2.5, it feels as if it’s PM10. Nasty smells, carbon dioxide are also significant indicators of air pollution. The clouds of smog surrounding the city once again throws the saying "go out for a breath of fresh air" out the window. Pedestrians all wear protective masks, parks are increasingly deserted, and more and more people with asthma suffering from asthma attacks…all these occurrences make going outdoors seem unappealing.
In addition to this, the reason why girls do not want to leave their homes is because of the fear of the polluted air damaging the skin. 

Why will polluted air harm the skin?

Long-term exposure to polluted air not only will lead to skin allergies, but also accelerate the aging of the skin, and even causing hyperpigmentation to occur. The air pollutants can be divided into particles and gas. Particles include PM2.5 and PM10, which can be easily inhaled into the body as we breathe. It will accumulate in the lungs and trachea, which in turn affects our health. As for the gaseous pollutants, will agitate the sinuses as well as stick to the skin, resulting in clogged pores, drying skin, pain, swelling and other skin problems.

In order to prevent air pollution from damaging our skin, ALLYOUNG is introducing three skincare steps. Even if we are living in a polluted environment, girls can keep their skin healthy and clear.

Step 1: Cleanse thoroughly

Every day when we return home, the first mandatory step to combat pollutants is to thoroughly cleanse the face. Choose your cleansers according to your skin condition, and then use warm water to wash away the dust and smog. Other than that, dermatologists also suggest to use cleansers containing amino acids as it will gently cleanse the skin, reducing chances of inflammation. You should only wash your face once in the morning and once at night, as washing your face too often would dry out the skin! 

Step 2: Repairing the skin

Once the moisture is completely absorbed by the face, girls must start their skincare routine. Girls can choose to use anti-allergy skin regenerating skincare products to not only repair the damages caused by air pollutants, but also to calm the skin caused by dust particles in the air. First of all, use toner to allow the skin to absorb the following products better. Then, use your creams to lock in the moisture of your skin. Alternatively, you can also use rejuvenating creams vitamin B3 derivatives to repair the skin, and strengthen the skin's protective layer. This is so dust and other pollutant particles aren’t able to easily attach themselves to your skin. 

Step 3: Protecting Your Skin

Finally, because the sun's ultraviolet rays paired with air pollutants can lead to photochemical reactions, producing secondary air pollutants. These types of pollutants can be more toxic than regular pollutants, so girls, before going out, do apply products to protect your skin to disallow the contaminants to stick to your skin. You can choose to use sunscreen with high SPF levels to not only minimise the contact of your skin with the pollutants, but also to prevent your skin from tanning. It’s suggested that you have to develop a habit of reapplying sunscreen, as it is recommended to reapply it every 1 to 2 hours to ensure it remains effective.