Whether we’re aware of it or not, our behavior and our surroundings can have a big impact on our skin. Before you swear off junk food or move away from the big city, know this: adopting a clean skin care routine can dramatically improve your skin quality, even with the onslaught of external and internal aggressors. The first step? Learn the effects these factors have on your skin, so you can counteract them. Use the seven tips below to be on your way to clear, glowing skin.
Effects: A dull complexion, increased imperfections, more fragile skin
Counteract by: Choose products formulated with ingredients that help form a protective barrier on the skin’s surface to stop pollution from adhering to your skin.
Try: Vichy’s Mineralizing Water from the French volcanoes for its buffer effect and ability to strengthen the skin with a blend of 15 minerals. The exclusive water is at the heart of every single Vichy product and can even be sprayed directly onto the skin.
Over-excessive heat or air conditioning
Effects: Dry, dehydrated skin
Counteract by: Hard water can make the drying effects of artificial heat and air conditioning worse by disrupting your skin’s pH balance. Avoid rinsing your skin with hard water and instead, reach for no-rinse micellar waters. Follow up every cleanse with a rich, creamy moisturizer or serum.
Efftects: Dark spots and fine lines, among other things
Counteract by: Protect your skin from the harsh effects of the sun by wearing a hydrating sunscreen with a broad-spectrum SPF.
Effects: Dull, dehydrated complexion
Counteract by: If you smoke—for the sake of your skin and your health—stop. Give your skin a second chance by using skin care products that can target the effects of behavioral aging—aging that occurs from life choices, not time.
Try: Idealia Life Serum, which using its proprietary behavioral aging molecule—a formula blend of LHA + LR2412.
Effects: Shininess and imperfections
Counteract by: Use cleansers that remove excess oil, purify your pores, and prevent new blemishes from popping up on your complexion.
Effects: Dark circles, under-eye bags, and dullness
Counteract by: Incorporating an illuminating eye cream into your morning and night skin care routine.
Try: Idéalia Eyes, a 2-in-1 eye product that reduces the signs of aging and brightens the appearance of your eye area.
Effects: Skin dehydration and tired, drooping features
Counteract by: Exercise and drink plenty of water. Take time to decompress and relax.