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02-09-2008
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moving to the city affects your skin?
Hey there,

I recently moved to NYC and I cannot ignore the effect it has on my skin. Whereas I normally have a fair skin with some impurities here and there, a number of zits and other impurities have popped up since I have moved.

Of course, the A/C, pollution, subway air and the current heat are not really helping. I feel my daily cleansing routine no longer suffices.

Has anybody had a similar experience while moving to the city or can anybody recommend a skin care routine that counters these effects?

Thanks!

-Gabrielle

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I think perhaps water quality may also play a part. I recently moved from a city with soft water to a city with hard water and everything (my skin, my hair) feels very different. Although I can't really say that my skin is significantly worse. So far all I've done to tweak my routine is added some moisturizer.

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there indeed seems to be much more chloride in the water here than at home.

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Hi, my friend was in Londen for a couple of months ( she's from Holland) and at the end of the day when she was cleaning her face, the cleanings pads where grey of all the dirt. She was in shock. Myself i live in Amsterdam and if i am cleaning my house a noticed the grey car ( smog? is that the word?) dirt on my windows and television i live in a very busy street with a lot of trafic. Now i try to keep my skin healty by using a good moisterizer and never forget to wash my face at night. I just don't want to know how you face looks when you live in a city like Beiging.

Maybe using product with Vit a, b, c and anti-oxidents. To nutrilize the chemicals/dirt etc

(Riva Bella, are you Dutch? because of Middelburg)


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haha yes! i actually am dutch, i studied in middelburg before, but now i'm completing a graduate program in ny.

ever since i moved here little impurities and zits just popped up throughout my t-zone and even outside of that. i guess i hadn't realized how "clean" de zeeuwse sea air was haha. it's probably also a matter of adjusting. i hope that the temperature starts dropping soon so that the dirt particles will no longer stick to my sweaty face.

i am now using a cleanser and a moisturizer by neutrogena, but it leaves my face rather "trekkerig" (you know what i mean

so what did you friend do in london?

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Hey there,

I recently moved to NYC and I cannot ignore the effect it has on my skin. Whereas I normally have a fair skin with some impurities here and there, a number of zits and other impurities have popped up since I have moved.

Of course, the A/C, pollution, subway air and the current heat are not really helping. I feel my daily cleansing routine no longer suffices.

Has anybody had a similar experience while moving to the city or can anybody recommend a skin care routine that counters these effects?

Thanks!

-Gabrielle
Water is very very very important.
and ESTEE LAUDER Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher dose magic, at least for me. I live in BEIJING. and about to move ...lol

As for the different water type in different city... hard water/soft water. Well... I think the best thing to deal with this is to use mineral water or boiled water.

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08-09-2008
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It's the stress, late nights, smoking and other extracurricular activities that wreak havoc on skin when I'm in a big city. The other stuff not so much.

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I live about a half hr outside L.A. Everytime I go to the city, I definitely notice the effects of the pollution in the air. It gets into my skin, and hair, making it rather oily. I'm not sure if LA & NYC pollution are different, however? I'd recommend something a little more deep cleansing. Weekly steams, followed by masks that are penetrating/invigorating (I like alba's deep sea facial mask). Just try to eat as well as possible - drink a lot of water and tea, eat a lot of antioxidant-rich foods. You can't really avoid going outside, but I think you will get used to it in time, and not really notice after awhile.

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I've kinda experienced the same thing. I'm an avid backpacker, so most summers I'll go away for a few months usually to some less developed country (last summer I was in Belize and Guatemala for 2.5 months) and whenever I come back to Canada I always feel like my skin gets a bit worse and I'll have a minor break out.

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i live 2 mins walk away from chemical plant and oil works, in a very veyr industrial area of a town about 5 mins outside of a massive city ..

it oviously does have an effect on my skin .. i dont notice it but when i go away campign tot he coutnry side my skin and hair go so much nicer and healthier .. I have since started usign some pollution protector spray on my hair i hope its working

our water has so much crap in it you can actually smell the chlorine in it .. it drys the skin so much

i also hate blowing my nose or wiping my face its always black

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12-09-2008
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I just moved to NYC too and realized that I'm having more hair loss than usual.

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15-09-2008
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my skin def changes when i got to new york.. and not in a good way.

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I just moved to L.A. and haven't noticed a big difference. However, I have never had many zits or pimples... never experienced acne... but I'm waiting for some kind of change to take place. My skin has been very dry, that's for sure.

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Hmm..I've lived in London all my life and in my experience, friends who've moved to the city from the countryside do have a marked change in complexion - from rosy, slightly ruddy cheeks to a more sallow complexion. I suppose it's from a lack of fresh air. Someone told me that all the soot you get in the air underground (like on the Tube) dulls your skin tone - is that true?

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Yeah I believe in that. I live in Manchester and whenever I go back to my home and return I can see changes in my skin but eventually with care it goes back to normal or "adjusts" to the new setting.

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