We all do our best to look after our skin, taking as good care of it as we can, but sometimes no matter what cleansing routine you have, your skin stays dehydrated. Often, this problem comes from the outside. Smoke, rapid temperature changes, humidity and dry air, traffic pollution, sun damage...the list is endless. Pollution, in particular, is fast becoming a recognised cause of skin problems. Even now, we are still discovering more ways in which it can harm your skin and provoke all-too-familiar complaints like acne, breakouts, wrinkles and dark spots. So, let’s take a look at what pollution is, what it does to your skin and at how to treat dehydrated skin properly.

What exactly is pollution?
In its very essence, pollution is dirt. Stepping into any busy street blasts your skin with impurities that will all too happily build up in your pores, causing blackheads or even infection. What's more, air pollution has been found to send your skin's oil production into overdrive as a reaction against this attack, causing excess sebum to build up, and consequently more skin damage. Hand in hand with skin damage comes dehydration and hypersensitivity, which can lead to further problems like blemishes, blotching, and breakouts. While a great moisturising and cleansing routine is essential for combatting these problems, if you live in a city - which, let's face it, almost all of us these days do - you should really look into getting a product you can apply every morning to protect and hydrate your skin before any of these issues arise.

There is also what's known as oxidative damage caused by UV rays. New studies have actually found this UV damage is exacerbated by the impurities deposited by air pollution. This process has been nicknamed ‘photo-pollution’, and considering that the majority of both sun and pollution damage has been sourced to everyday life in cities, it's a pretty game-changing finding. Without getting too technical, this is when the skin's proteins get damaged by these external elements when reacting with the oxygen in your skin. Seeing as your skin's proteins are essential to your skin's health, this damage is a major cause of early signs of ageing and unhealthy skin.

What can you do to protect your skin?
So, let’s examine how to treat dehydrated skin. The fact that this damage and dehydration, originally caused by the sun's rays, is potentially multiplied by up to three times as soon as air pollution is entered into the mix, means that protecting your skin against both elements wouldn't be the worst idea in the world! Garnier have already picked up on this important new finding and offer dual protection in their new Ambre Solaire Daily Protection range. The cream and mist in this range offer not only 30 and 50 SPF, but also anti-oxidant properties and other agents that create a protective barrier against pollution. What's even better is that they are specially formulated to feel light and dry when applied, even going on easily over make-up, meaning you don't feel creamed up and your skin certainly doesn't feel smothered.

So, although city life may seem like an all-terrain crash test for your skin, there is no need to pack up and move to the country any time soon! Armed with these new findings, skincare experts are finding more and more ways to explore how to treat dehydrated skin. Now, it's just a case of picking the right products for you and letting them get to work on keeping your skin healthy and youthful, whilst you get back to work and living life to the fullest!