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Is the Delhi pollution hurting your skin?

Has your skin been feeling listless, sallow and uncharacteristically dull? Air pollution could have something to do with it.

According to emerging scientific research, air pollution has been shown to cause premature ageing by accelerating wrinkles and age spots. The effects of toxic air pollution on skin is being seen in urban cities the world over, and in some cases is being suspected as the primary cause of ageing. Long term exposure to the pollution is also being linked to worsening skin conditions such as eczema and hives, as well as skin allergies.

One particular compound, nitrogen dioxide (NO2), is the shown to be the main culprit causing premature ageing. Researchers in the Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine, Germany found that age spots on the cheeks increased by 25% with even a relatively small increase in pollution.

If you have noticed a sudden worsening of your skin complexion and an increase in pimples, you can blame the Delhi smog. Smog, dirt, dust and the particulate matter in the air can clog pores, cause acne, and make the skin appear dull and gray.

In order to protect your skin from the harmful effects of the pollution, be sure to cleanse your face regularly with a gentle cleanser and keep it hydrated with a good moisturizer. Drinking plenty of water helps keep your body hydrated, and increases the production of new skin cells. Products with anti-oxidants are also shown to be effective in combating the effects of pollution on the skin.

It is important to note that while it is good to exfoliate once or twice a week, over-exfoliation can worsen skin conditions like acne. We’d also recommend against try harsh chemical products without supervision. If your skin needs a pick-me-up, you can visit us at Skin ‘n Smiles for a skin rejuvenation treatment. Our consultants will assess your skin condition and prescribe a treatment best suited to your needs.

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