Since being in China I have had a lot of time to think about home and the differences between my lifestyle here and my lifestyle there. It has been quite an adjustment but luckily for me I had travelled to and from here before my actual move, so it wasn't a huge shock to my system. I am also very lucky to know that 'home' isn't too far away and I am very grateful to have a partner who is so understanding and will allow me to fly home if severe homesickness sets in.
Other than the language barrier (I do not speak a drop of Mandarin) and far away from family and friends, one thing that I am finding a little harder to adjust to is the actual pollution in the air. Over the past few days, it has actually been quite nice here in Shanghai, with relatively low levels of pollution (there is an app on my iPhone which updates me everyday on the pollution levels). There have been other days where the pollution levels has been quite bad. I really miss that feeling of 'clean and crisp' air like that of my home city in Australia! According the most recent data, Shanghai sits at the top 25 cities in the world in terms of air pollution. With the knowledge of what pollution can do to your body, especially your lungs, I couldn't help but wonder what pollution can also do to your skin - your largest organ and one of your body's first barrier of defence.
Recently, I have noticed a plethora of different skincare companies releasing products that are 'anti-pollution' or claim that they will defend your skin from pollution. Given my move to China, its an area of skincare which I have recently been very interested in, as I plan to protect my body as much as possible from the effects of air pollution. It also makes me wonder how valid the anti-pollution claims are on a lot of the products we see today, I can't help but wonder sometimes if it is a marketing ploy or do these companies really do put their money where their mouth is?
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