Wondering how to protect your skin from city pollution and other environmental ‘nasties’ that wreak havoc with your skin? Fear not, we’ve got it covered.
Living in the city? It’s an exciting, buzzing place to be, but the city environment can wreak havoc on our skin, bombarding it with a cocktail of different aggressors and chemicals.
Roughly 90% of UK population lives in a city meaning many of us are exposed to high levels of pollution everyday. Combine this with the fast-paced and stressful lifestyle that often accompanies city living, and it’s understandable that our skin can look dull or show signs of premature damage.
Here are our top tips to protect your skin in the city, as well as repair the signs environmental damage can have on your skin.
1. Shield the skin from UVA and UVB rays. Even if the sun isn’t shining (which doesn’t happen often here in London) it’s so important to protect your skin, as these rays can make there way through any number of clouds. Balance Me’s Natural protection Moisturizer SPF 25 contains the natural mineral filter Titanium Dioxide that physically reflects the suns rays. It’s also very lightweight and non-comedogenic so it won’t block your pores.
2. Load up on anti-oxidants, inside and out. Anti-oxidants are great at helping to protect the skin from harmful pollution as well as free radicals. Berries dark chocolate and nuts are crammed full of anti-oxidants, so it’s good to include as many of these in your daily diet. Applying them topically to your skin also helps. Try using Balance Me’s Rose Otto Face Oil in the evenings, it contains Arctic Cloudberry, an anti-oxidant rich fruit that hydrates and protects against environmental damage.
3. Take a deep breath. We don’t need to tell you that living in the city is a million more times stressful than anywhere else. It’s so important to take time to relax, do some exercise and just breathe. Stress is even more evil on the skin than pollution, and it really does show. Try to do the things that make you happy and if you can, spend a weekend away in the country or take a walk in a city park. It’s been proven that spending time in nature is good for relieving stress.
4. Get your 40 winks. Living in the city is busy and fast paced, and this can show on your skin. Make sure you get enough kip at night, as this is when your skin repairs itself. Try and get a minimum of 7 hours, and don’t be afraid to hit that snooze button!
If you have any other city skin tips, we would love to hear them. Do you have any Balance Me hero products that you can’t live without?
Our Balance Me Natural Protection Moisturiser SPF 25 provides a non-greasy and every day solution to protecting your skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Two different types of hyaluronic acid ensure that skin is hydrated and plumed from within, giving a natural dewy finish. Kukui Seed Oil is rich in essential fatty acids, whilst Lavender and Aloe Vera extract calm sensitive and reactive skins.
Keep skin calm and hydrated with Balance Me Rose Otto Face Oil - a 100% natural, skin-strengthening rose oil for the face, which works hard to protect sensitive and red complexions.
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