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Can London Pollution Lead to Wrinkles and Cause Your Skin to Age Prematurely?

April 27, 2019

Can London Pollution Lead to Wrinkles and Cause Your Skin to Age Prematurely?

Despite the Ultra Low Emission Zone having come into force in London, you still need to pay extra attention to your skin when you live in London. The effects of pollution can cause a range of serious health conditions including asthma. The more serious side effects are often what we talk about, but are there are less serious effects of pollution that we fail to discuss. Looking after your skin is even more important when you live in London or another big global city. 

Your skin is the body’s largest organ and comes under stress when you come into contact with environmental pollution such as diesel fumes. Air conditioning can also cause problems, and you need to remember those nasty UV rays that come from the sun. In short, to stay looking young and beautiful is not easy when you live in a big city like London. A good diet will help but there are times when you need your beauty can be affected by outside factors. It is not all about eating avocados and drinking papaya smoothies. 

If you ride your bike to work in London, you may want to give your skin some extra love and attention. Compounds found in pollution particles can wreak havoc when they come in contact with your skin. They can cause age spots and wrinkles can even appear. If you are concerned about unknown spots on your skin, you should contact a doctor. Sun damage is bad news for your skin and so is skin damage caused by pollution.

Can you protect your skin from pollution when you live in London? You must certainly can. A good idea is to start by de-junking your beauty routine. Throw out everything which contains alcohol and parabens for starters. Alcohol will only dry out the skin and parabens can already be found in the London air causing skin damage including changes in skin pigmentation.

Instead of using run of the mill product bought from top cosmetic counters in London, go for products from shops like the Bodyshop or Lush. If you are looking for more high-end brands, you should check out stores such as Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden. That being said, organic skincare is now such a hot product range in the UK high street regulars such as Boots have also jumped on the bandwagon. Maybe you can try their products by using some of your hard-earned loyalty points.

If you fancy an anti-pollution skincare treat, pop into The House of Elemis in Mayfair. They offer some of the best skincare treatments in London. Try their Super Food Radiance facial to give your skin a detox treatment. You will love it, and the results are immediate. Their Anti-blemish and Calm facial is another excellent treatment for stressed London skin. However, above all, try to reduce your exposure to environmental toxins and think carefully about what kind of skincare products you use on a daily basis.