Busy busy: The hive of a city can cause problems for your skin if you aren’t careful about looking after it (Source: Pexels)
Living in a big city can take a toll, especially on your skin. A combination of environmental and lifestyle factors can leave your skin in bad shape. With such a frantic lifestyle, it can be hard to give your skin the care it needs. Fortunately, we are here to help you, so that the city doesn’t ruin your skin. Environmental/Protection from Pollution While you may not realise it, pollution can wreak havoc on your skin. Pollution can cause your skin to be dehydrated, and can also worsen the effects of aging. It is, however, possible to take action to counter these effects and keep your skin healthy. The problems of pollution have been steadily worsening to the point that there are now several anti-pollution skincare products that are designed to target these effects. The issue with these products is that it is hard to say definitively whether or not they work. As a result, the best way to combat pollution is to develop a skincare routine and stick to it.
The need for more power, along with the rise in the number of cars on the streets has pollution in major cities hit record levels (Source: Pexels)
First off, you would be best advised to get a high-quality cleanser. There are no right choices here, the best cleanser is whatever works well for you; one that provides a thorough clean, but does not drying out your skin. Cleaning will help to remove all the particles that have a negative impact on your skin, reducing the effects of pollution. It is also advised that you invest in an antioxidant serum and an SPF moisturiser. The SPF moisturiser in particular is a necessary weapon in the fight against pollution, as it not only keeps the skin moisturised and counteracts dehydration, but it also offers protection against the sun and UVA/UVB rays. Of course, following any regime only sporadically, or when you start to see the effects will not keep your skin in the best possible condition, so to ensure you experience all the benefits the best solution is to ensure that you are looking after your skin consistently. Lifestyle/Stress
When things get under your skin, they begin to show on it (Source: Pexels)
When you are stressed, it shows on your skin. The effects of stress on skin can include sensitivity, and it can become harder for problems to heal. The issue with stress is that the worse it gets, the less likely we are to take the time to look after ourselves, as we work overtime to resolve whatever it is that is causing the stress. However, taking the time can not only help to reduce your stress, but will work wonders on your skin. Obviously, looking after your skin regularly will limit the extent of the effect that stress has on you. A longer term solution would be to find a way to lower your stress levels. Taking a walk, exercising, and making time to do things you enjoy can all help you relax. The knock-on effect for your skin would only be positive, so if you are a generally stressed out person, then it might be time to make some minor changes with major benefits. Hard Water Admittedly, if you live in an area with hard water there is not a great deal you can do about it. So why does this come under lifestyle? Well, there are some changes that you can make to reduce the negative effects of hard water on your skin. Before going any further, it might help to tell you what exactly ‘hard’ water is. Hard water is essentially just water with a high number of minerals in it. What this means for your skin is that these minerals mix with soap to form a residue that sits on your skin rather than cleaning it. This can cause breakouts, dryness, itching and irritation, all of which we would rather avoid, given a choice.
Is your morning shower having a negative effect on your skin? (Source:Pexels)
The good news is that there are a number of fairly simple fixes to ensure that hard water doesn’t ruin your skin. To cut off the problem at the source (so to speak), you can purchase a water softener to filter the minerals from the water and minimise the negative effect that your water is having on your skin. An alternative would be to buy a softener for the shower, which is easier but would only improve the water in your shower. If you prefer an easier fix, then you could opt to swap the soap for a more gentle cleanser when cleaning yourself, and you can use bottled water to wash your face, as it will be better for your skin than the hard water coming out of your tap. A less pleasant option would be to stop showering with hot water, as the high temperatures worsen the dryness caused by hard water. Unhealthy Snacks The devil on the shoulder of all but an incredibly disciplined few. Who doesn’t enjoy a chocolate bar while they work, or a bag of crisps while they binge-watch the latest television shows. Well, your skin certainly doesn’t. These snacks have been known to cause acne and breakouts, and are best avoided if you want to take care of your skin. To fix this is easier said than done, as it requires you to give up your favourite vices. Swapping the processed and fatty foods for organic and healthy foods, including fruit and vegetables, and replacing the soft drinks with water will help your skin flourish.
Leave the fizzy drinks behind and replace them with water (Source: StockSnap)
And what of the life source of the workforce: caffeine. There is a suggestion that caffeine has an effect on your skin, including the possibility that it causes acne, but there is no proof of this. To be safe, it would be advisable to limit how much caffeine you ingest, so perhaps it would be best to stick to one coffee in the morning and try to make it through the day! If you want to see more about this, then you can read our article investigating whether caffeine is bad for your skin. Commuting Any city-dwellers out there will be familiar with the commute to and from work everyday. Not to mention almost anytime you want to go anywhere. Commuting is neither an environmental or lifestyle factor, as there are no alternatives,but it does have an effect on your skin, as it increases your exposure to pollution, and can cause you to be more stressed. Therefore, the best way to protect your skin from your commute is to protect it from these factors. As you can see, while there are little adjustments that you can make in various areas, the best way to protect your skin from the rigours of city life is with continuous and consistent care and attention.