Should my skin be wor­ried?

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Lon­don’s smog has sur­passed Bei­jing’s. Time to take ac­tion…

Awhop­ping nine out of 10 ci­ties are ex­posed to highly pol­luted air, which causes fine lines, black­heads and en­larged pores. But be­fore you rush out to buy a pa­per bag, we have some pol­lu­tion-bust­ing, skin-sav­ing prod­ucts de­signed to pro­tect you from cell dam­age and, more im­por­tantly, to en­sure you keep your nat­u­ral glow.

Wrong! dr den dy en­gel­man, el­iz­a­beth Ar­den’ s con­sult­ing der­ma­tol­o­gist, ex­plains: ‘Those liv­ing in higher traf­fic ar­eas have more brown spots and pro­nounced wrin­kles than those liv­ing in more ru­ral ar­eas, but all in­di­vid­u­als need to pro­tect their skin from pol­lu­tion re­gard­less of where they live and I’ d rec­om­mend start­ing as soon as pos­si­ble .’

Re­search sug­gests that ex­po­sure to the air in ur­ban en­vi­ron­ments can more than dou­ble the dam­age caused by the sun. The ef­fects on your skin:

In­flam­ma­tion Dry­ness and dull­ness An in­crease in dark spots Fine lines and wrin­kles

Af­ter a 20-minute city walk, cel­lu­lar dam­age is 270%shown to in­crease by I live in the coun­try. I’m safe, right?

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