Your Daily Commute On Public Transport Could Damage Your Skin

Okay, we know that an unhealthy diet and a lazy skincare regime can make our skin breakout. But a new study suggests your daily commute to work can also damage your skin! Glamour reports that the Swedish beauty and wellness tech brand, FOREO discovered that travelling to work contributes to premature aging.

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Chris Luckham, Education Specialist UK & Ireland at FOREO told, “Pollution and general commuting grime and bacteria can all contribute to clogged pores and hyperpigmentation – and for those who walk or cycle, UV rays can increase the risk of sun damage.”

“A recent study showed that living and working in a polluted area ages your skin by over a year once you reach the age of 40 – and exposure to even a small amount of pollution can increase age spots by 25%.”

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The study done in London found that underground stations can be 30 times higher than in London roads. Pretty sure it’s the same here in Malaysia, eek!

If you use public transport to commute around, you can definitely relate squeezing into the train just like a ‘sardine can’.  But this is causing stress to your skin.

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“Stress causes a chemical response in your body that makes the skin more sensitive and reactive – it can also make it harder for skin problems to heal,” adds Chris. “Studies have shown that taking a bus or a train to work for a journey that lasts longer than half an hour can have a severely detrimental effect on your personal wellbeing and your skin will show that.”

But not all of us have the luxury of travelling in our own transport. So how do we protect our skin and maintain its healthy glow?

1. Deep Cleanse 

Get rid of the extra grime and dirt from clogging up your pores by giving your face a proper deep clean every evening. This will remove free radicals and harmful pollutants along with your makeup.

2. Stay hydrated 

The pollution from our daily commute and moving in and out from hot to cold environments can dehydrate our skin. Re-hydrate your skin by drinking plenty of water and use hydrating products such as hyaluronic acids in our skincare routine.

3. Wash your hands before touching your face 

Oh yeah, this is probably something we all unconsciously do it. But touching your face when your hands are dirty can add spots all around your chin and jawline.

4. Wear SPF 

Invest in a good SPF to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Don’t be lazy with this step!

5. Mask up! 

Using face masks is a great way to moisturize and unblock your congested skin.

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