The foul stench of smog may cause you to choke and cough. But in addition to damaging your lungs, smog can also damage your skin. Do you have the knowledge to protect your dermis from pollution?
Smog is made up of all of these: low-level ozone, pollutants and particulates.
The ozone layer protects your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays.
True. Air pollution is associated with an increased risk of skin inflammation, including eczema.
People with mature skin are more susceptible to skin damage from smog because as you age, your skin loses its ability to combat free radicals.
Antioxidants -- as well as daily applications of moisturizer and sunscreen -- help protect skin from pollution.
Vitamins, minerals, carotenoids and polyphenols are all antioxidants.
The best-known antioxidants are vitamins A, C and E, and the mineral selenium.
Free radicals steal oxygen from the cells in your skin.
Free radicals steal oxygen from your skin, causing it to age prematurely and making it more susceptible to acne outbreaks and rashes.
Free radicals damage cells and are associated with cancers, as well as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, but not diabetes.