👩⚕️ 😶🌫️ A Dermatologist's top tips to Protect Your Skin From Poor Air Quality 😶🌫️ 👩⚕️
Climate change can be scary and, nowadays, it's hard to completely escape pollution from wildfire smoke & environmental toxins
Ideally, your skincare should also adapt because smoke particles can cause free radical damage, accelerate aging, & worsen skin conditions like acne, eczema, etc.
Here are a dermatologist's top tips to protect against poor air quality:
1️⃣ Regularly apply topical antioxidants. They work to decrease stress from environmental toxins. Apply it evenly to the face, and also to the neck. Ascorbic acid is a Dermatologist favourite because of its efficacy and potency. SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic (widely considered to be the OG vitamin C serum) is a popular choice because of its unique and effective formulation with 15% ascorbic acid, vitamin E and ferulic acid.
2️⃣ Cleansing is more important than ever. Minimum twice a day or whenever you've left the house. Stick with gentle formulas that don't also damage your skin barrier. If you have sensitive skin, this Gentle Cleanser is a safe choice to ensure you get a full yet gentle cleanse
3️⃣ Consider protecting your home with an air purifier (and use an N95 when needed)
4️⃣ Yes, even in hazy smoke, UV penetrates through, so you need to wear sunscreen! For convenience, choose products that combine with antioxidants, such as the EltaMD UV Clear (great for acne and rosacea-prone skin) and UV Physical sunscreens (great for sensitive skin).