The first thing my Korean friend said to me when we found each other in the lobby at the Soko Glam headquarters in NYC on Wednesday: “You look really tired.”
I sighed. He didn’t mean to be rude about it. I didn’t mind. If living in Korea has taught me one thing, it’s that most people there—even acquaintances—tell you what’s on their mind, even if it isn’t the most flattering comment.
Besides, his comment was true. Not only was I extremely tired, but my entire body felt fatigued. Lately I’ve been doing a lot of juggling between Soko Glam and esthetician school (the year is about to end, which means finals!). If it’s a choice between sleep or doing blackhead extractions and scouring the market for new curations for Soko Glam, I will gladly lose the sleep so I can do what I love.
Admittedly, there are some some days that are just a lot to handle. There have been one or two times the last few months that I’ve fallen asleep on my bed, fully clothed (and with my makeup on—yikes). Seriously, I’ve been the worst! But living in a city with a lot of harsh environmental factors like New York doesn’t help.
I love this city, but my skin doesn’t love the pollution so much. Your skin is like a mirror for that kind of stress, and that day I met my friend, my face reflected as much.
There are many studies on how air pollution is directly linked to signs of premature aging of the skin. While sun exposure (those darn UV rays) is the leading cause of aging, pollution is also a huge factor in the creation of fine lines, pigmentation and loss of elasticity.
This infographic does a really good job of breaking it down:
Image courtesy | Pollution Discovery/Clarisonic
So what’s in the air can actually have harsh effects on your skin – especially for you city dwellers.
Here’s how to cope: