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NY Dermatologist Dr. Schweiger describes the effects of urban life on the skin

City sun rays are more dangerous, because they're sneakier. While non-city folk usually experience their strongest daily sun exposure in a predictable pattern that hits the driver's side half of the face and body, city dwellers often unknowingly bathe completely in the age-inducing rays. "We're walking everywhere, and we're constantly being exposed to the sun," says Schweiger. Add to that the fact that most people are out and about during the most intense light during the morning and lunch hour, and you've got the perfect recipe for premature wrinkles. Make applying a daily sunscreen lotion for the face and body of at least SPF 30 part of your grooming routine, and you'll quash one of aging's most dangerous triggers. Pollution taxes skin, and requires deep cleansing. "Think about all the car pollution, construction zone soot and other allergens and dirt that gets kicked up by subways, people and cars daily. Don't sleep on an unwashed face!" says Schweiger. For a more intensive cleaning, look to foaming formulations or a tool like the Clarisonic to loosen and remove layers of pollution that invisibly melt onto the skin during the day. Schweiger recommends Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser or Purpose Moisturizing Foaming Cleanser for dry skins, while I can personally attest to the addictively squeaky-clean results left in the wake of a Clarisonic cleansing. Antioxidants are the best prescription against aging. The age-inducing free radicals caused by all the different factors of city life can be 'eaten' or even reversed by the presence of antioxidants. Diet-wise, you an find the powerful fighters in richly colored fruits and veggies, like blueberries, strawberries, pomegranate and kale. Antioxidants are also present in skin care ingredients like Vitamins A, C, E, and are most effectively absorbed through serum form at bed time. Loading both your diet and skin care routine with the powerhouse element can harbor dramatic anti-aging results. To read more about the effects of urban life on skin at Stylelist.com featuring Dr. Schweiger, click here.

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