We’re all aware of the damage to our skin from sun exposure. Unless you spend your days in a room with dark window coverings or no windows at all, exposure to the sun is unavoidable so it’s important that we make sure our skin is protected at all times. But, UV rays are not the only attacker that our skin is exposed to on a daily basis; air pollution is an ever-increasing problem.
As more freeways and road extensions are built, more vehicles are using them. While we’re constantly looking for ways to reduce emissions to protect the planet, recent research suggests that air pollution an damaging effect on how our skin ages.
The study by cosmetics company P&G, undertaken by Professor Wei Liu, examined the skin of women aged between 30 and 45 who live in both a peaceful countryside and busy cities. The results revealed that the skin of those living in the city (polluted areas) was aging up to 10% faster than that of their rural counterparts.
How Is Air Pollution Aging My Skin?
The city air contains a multitude of pollutants that have an adverse effect on keratin. Keratin is a skin protein that is vital to prevent moisture loss. Pollutants’ destructive effect on keratin leaves our complexion dull and dry which then makes the wrinkles and fine lines more noticeable.
In addition to damaging our skin’s main support structure; collagen, pollution can also be disruptive to our natural skin barrier, causing inflammation.
While one may think that these harmful pollutants simply stick to the skin surface and are removed when we cleanse, scientists have discovered that this is not the case. Particles as small as 0.1 of a micrometer can actually penetrate our skin, allowing these harmful toxins to get deep down into our cells.
How Do I Protect My Skin?
There’s no need to pack up the kids and to the family’s remote farm to avoid the city smog. Slightly adjusting your daily skincare regimen can help your skin defend itself.
Maintaining our skin’s natural barrier is crucial to decrease the level of bacterial and toxins that work their way into the skin. So, firstly, thoroughly cleanse to remove any debris buildup in your pores or on the skin’s surface. The best type of cleanser to use is one that doesn’t strip the skin. Preferably, you should look for one that is acid free; Ormedic Balancing Facial Cleanser is a good one!
Next, you’ll want to find a great antioxidant to protect your skin against free radicals. Put simply, free radicals are unstable molecules that damage cells and contribute to aging and disease. Antioxidants can counter free radical activity. An excellent antioxidant serum such as Ormedic Antioxidant Balancing Serum offers excellent balancing and hydrating protection.
What To Do Next
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