Dallas, we love you, but you are doing a number on our skin. From the sun and heat to pollution and--OK, we admit it--our own bad habits, it’s time to go to war for our complexion. Here, all the ways the city is secretly ruining our skin and how to fix it.

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Dallasnews.com

AIR POLLUTION

The problem: Soooo, we kinda have some of the worst ozone pollution in the country. Add in UV light from the sun and we’re talking major antioxidant depletion from your skin, which makes you more susceptible to skin damage.

The fix: Go heavy on the topical antioxidants to counteract whatever the city is throwing--literally--at your face. Try something like SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum with vitamins C and E to fend off premature aging, lines and wrinkles all caused by environmental stressors.

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Foodie’s Feed

SEAMLESS ORDERS

The problem: Look, it’s been a busy week--no one’s judging. But typically, restaurant food is packed with salt. So ordering in or going out for every meal this week hasn’t been so great for your skin. We’re looking at you, puffy cheeks and under-eye bags.

The fix: Replace one (hey, only one) of your restaurant meals with a green juice. Something like Buda Juice’s Green Juice can help oxygenate your skin and flush all that sodium from last night’s taco dinner.

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Twenty20

HAPPY HOUR

The problem: We love a good happy hour as much as the next cowboy, but alcohol dries out your skin, which might explain those patchy foundation spots around the corners of your eyes and mouth.

The fix: Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! Aim to drink a gallon of water a day. In two weeks, your skin will be soft and dewy, even after a couple big pours of your old friend, Big Red.

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WOMAN’S DAY

THE HEAT

The problem: OK, we’re not Houston (phew), but our summers can be pretty brutal…and sweaty. And that can lead to clogged pores, making our skin dull and dry. Boooo.

The fix: Exfoliate as if your life--or at least your healthy glow--depended on it. A couple times a week, mix a gentle natural exfoliant like Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder ƒwith water and slough away the dead skin. Your pores will thank you.

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The Texas Sun

The problem: The heat is one problem--the sun is another. Even if you’ve heeded to your mother’s advice and started to wear a foundation with some SPF 15 in it, that’s definitely not enough. If you want to fend off sun damage(e.g., wrinkles, discoloration and even cancer), you’ve got to step up your game.

The fix: Add another step to your beauty routine: Apply a broad-spectrum formula before you put on your makeup (yes, even your foundation with SPF 15). Try something like Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen. Its SPF 50 chemical formula doesn’t leave a whitish film, which is good for darker complexions.

Related: Dallas’ Guide to Summer Beauty

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