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How can I fight toxins and pollution that can age my skin?

Answer by:
Debra Jaliman, MD


Toxins in the air can make your skin look older than you actually are. The reason: free radical damage. Free radicals, which are formed naturally when you exercise and when your body makes food into energy, can attack the collagen and elastic tissue in the skin. Antioxidants can combat free radical damage. Look for products that contain resveratrol, green tea, vitamin C, and niacinamide. Also, eat foods that are high in antioxidants like fruits and vegetables. Always choose fruits and vegetables that are darker in color. For example, a red grapefruit has more antioxidants than a white grapefruit. And a red pepper has more antioxidants than a green pepper.

The dirt and dust in the air can also clog your pores, so it's important to wash your face every day with a mild cleanser. I'm a big fan of sonic cleansing systems, which help vibrate the dirt off the skin.