The city is alternately exciting, rewarding and infuriating. It’s also hot, humid and dirty—and it can wreak havoc on your hair and skin.
“In the city, there is a lot more air pollution due to the subway, skyscrapers and overpopulation of vehicles and people,” says Edyta Jarosz, lead aesthetician at New York City’s PFRANKMD Skin Salon. “Indoor air pollution, due to close proximity to smokers, cooking fuels and roads, can also cause skin aging.” Oof, we really have nowhere to hide.
The two factors that cause the greatest damage? Sun and smoke. “When air particles cause free-radical damage to cells, certain parts of our cells are not replaceable,” adds Jarosz. Air pollution may aggravate skin conditions such as acne and skin cancer, lead to premature skin aging and dark circles, worsen inflammatory skin diseases like eczema, acne and psoriasis, and leave you with generally dull, lifeless skin.
So what’s a city dweller to do, short of moving off the grid to a remote cabin in Vermont? Check out these specially formulated anti-pollution beauty treatments and products that protect, heal and shield stressed skin and parched strands.