Living in a 21st century city means we are exposed to various forms of pollution at all times. Unfortunately, we have no control over some of these sources, such as pollution from vehicles in traffic, so there's not much we can do to stay away from them.
And, to top it off, pollution levels are continuously rising in today's urbanised world. The effects of air pollution can be seen on our skin and overall health, as these tiny air particles go deep into our pores and make our skin more vulnerable to germ attacks that cause skin infections.
Pollution causes our skin to age prematurely (especially on the face, neck and hands) by accelerating the presence of wrinkles and dark spots on our skin. Being exposed to high levels of pollution also makes us more prone to eczema and if you're constantly in areas with smog, you also have a higher risk of getting skin issues such as acne, rashes or dry skin.
So what can we do to protect our skin against the effects of pollution?