In the city, UV is everywhere, too. When you go out in the street, UV rays can easily reach your face, décolleté and hands. As you know, exposure to the sun doesn't come without risk. Sunburn, sunspots, skin ageing, or worse, melanoma, are some of the most serious consequences of UV rays for the skin.
Dangers aggravated by pollution
The phenomenon of urban pollution (carbon monoxide, vehicle exhaust fumes and heavy metals) aggravates the harmful effects of the sun. Especially since the glass facades of city buildings strongly reflect the sun's rays. Worse still, UVA (which penetrates deeper into the skin than UVB) can even pass through windows, so it reaches you even when you’re in your car or at the office. And the warmer the weather, the more the pores of the skin open and dilate, making the skin more prone to taking in particles of pollution. It’s this same pollution that is largely responsible, like the sun's rays, for premature skin ageing.
Stress as an aggravating factor
The stress of city life can have a harsh impact on the skin. Like the sun and pollution, stress is a factor in skin ageing. Combined with the other two factors, stress aggravates the skin. To avoid risks posed to the skin by public transport, work and sleep, it’s important to adopt a healthy lifestyle and protect our skin.