How to protect your skin from environmental damage

How to protect your skin from environmental damage

You know how it goes. One minute you're lounging at the beach without a care in the world and the next moment your skin is red, itchy and dry. Or maybe you’ve noticed your complexion looking dull and blotchy after months of the cold and dry winter. The truth is, the environment can wreak havoc on your skin before you even realize it's happening and usually, there’s very little you can do about it. 

However, in this post, we’ll not only explore how factors like sun, pollution, and seasonal changes impact your skin's health but we will also share strategies on how you can fight back with an arsenal of protective products and habits. So if you’re interested in learning how to stay radiant and glowing, despite the harsh environmental factors your skin is exposed to day in and day out, keep on reading! 

How to environment impacts your skin

The environment plays a crucial role in shaping the health and appearance of our skin. Exposure to elements such as UV radiation, pollution, and harsh weather conditions can accelerate aging, leading to the formation of wrinkles, fine lines, and uneven skin tone. UV rays, in particular, contribute to collagen breakdown, causing loss of elasticity. Air pollution exposes the skin to free radicals, promoting oxidative stress and inflammation. Additionally, extremes in temperature and humidity levels can disrupt the skin's natural barrier function, potentially leading to dryness or increased oiliness. Protecting your skin from environmental damage is critical to maintain a healthy complexion and slowing down the onset of early aging. 

UV radiation 

Too much sun exposure is your number one enemy. UV rays can inflict significant damage on the skin due to their ability to penetrate its layers. Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays from the sun triggers various adverse effects. It can lead to sunburn, skin aging, wrinkles and increased risk of skin cancer. Protecting the skin with broad-spectrum sunscreen and practicing sun-safe habits is crucial in mitigating the harmful impact of UV rays on the skin.

Air pollution 

The air quality where you live and work poses a significant threat to the skin, causing damage through various mechanisms. Fine particulate matter and pollutants, such as ozone and nitrogen dioxide, can penetrate the skin, triggering inflammation and oxidative stress. This leads to premature aging, wrinkles, dark spots and dryness. On high pollution days, limit time outdoors and be sure to wash your face as soon as you come inside to remove pollutants from the skin surface. Otherwise, be prepared for the nasty pimples and zits just waiting to surface. Yikes! 

Extreme weather and its effects on the skin


During the cold winter months, the dry air can strip moisture from your skin, leaving it feeling dry, itchy, and irritated. Indoor heating systems exacerbate this by further depleting humidity levels. It's essential to moisturize daily, especially after washing when your skin is still damp, to lock in hydration. Using a thicker cream containing ingredients like cocoa butter, jojoba oil, aloe vera, and oatmeal can protect exposed skin from windburn. Donning gloves, scarves, and layers can also provide additional insulation. For optimal nourishment and hydration, consider trying the Leovard Multicream, formulated with aloe vera, green tea, jojoba oil, and shea butter to soothe and moisturize your skin effectively. 


Extreme heat and humidity can cause excess sweating, which strips your skin of moisture and natural oils. Dehydration is also a concern, as it can make skin appear dull and accelerate signs of aging. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated. Use a lightweight moisturizer, especially after washing your face. You can also keep a hydrating toner, like the Leovard Tonic, handy to apply every time your skin feels like it could use a little extra TLC or refresher! 

Lifestyle tips to shield your skin against the elements 

To protect your skin from environmental damage, make these lifestyle changes:

Limit sun exposure

Too much sun exposure is damaging to skin. Limit the time you spend in the sun during the middle of the day when UV rays are most intense. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 50, especially on your face. Reapply every 2 hours. Wear hats, sunglasses and protection when outside.

Moisturize daily 

The environment depletes moisture from your skin. Apply a fragrance free moisturizer daily especially after washing your face. Look for hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid etc to really lock in the moisture.

Manage stress levels 

Stress can exacerbate skin conditions like acne and eczema. Practice stress-reducing activities such as yoga, meditation, or deep breathing exercises.

Regular Exercise

Exercise improves circulation, which can promote healthier skin. Just remember to shower afterward to remove sweat and bacteria that can otherwise clog pores and lead to acne.

Proper Skincare Routine

Cleanse your skin regularly, moisturize daily, and use products with antioxidants to combat environmental damage. Antioxidants are a huge part of the Loevard’s skincare solutions, making them the perfect pick to keep the negative impacts of the environment at bay! 

Avoid Harsh Chemicals

Organic skincare products like Leovard, which are free of artificial fragrances and additives can significantly benefit your skin by reducing irritation, preventing allergic reactions, and preserving the skin’s natural barrier. Synthetic chemicals on the other hand, can strip the skin of its essential oils, leading to dryness, redness and even long term skin damage. 

By incorporating these lifestyle changes, you can help protect your skin from the inevitable impact of environmental factors and maintain a healthy, youthfulplexion.


You only get one skin, so protect it as best you can. Shielding your skin from environmental damage takes some thought and effort, but it’s worth it. Invest in quality products with SPF and antioxidants, keep an eye out for pollution and weather forecasts, and limit direct sun exposure. 

Take care of your body’s protective outer layer and it will take care of you. A few smart prevention strategies now will keep your skin looking its best for years to come. With knowledge and preparation, you can outsmart the elements and stay youthful and radiant, always! 

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