No matter where we live - in the big city, the wide open spaces of the country, or on snow capped mountains - pollution may be having an impact on our skin.
Research has shown that ongoing daily exposure to pollution dramatically impacts skin’s health and appearance. It can also do the same damage to the skin as unprotected sun exposure. According to Olay principal scientist, Dr. Frauke Neuser, when the pollutants in the air enter your skin they cause inflammation by interacting with the lipids in your skin barrier, collagen, and melanin-producing cells. Pollution also negatively impacts the skin’s microbiome significantly disrupting its barrier.
Here are few things we all need to know and remember when attempting to combat pollution, ensuring we achieve and maintain better skin health and appearance.
AIR POLLUTANTS WITH THE BIGGEST RISK
Automobile and truck exhaust
Manufacturing by-products (such as phthalates from plastics)
Small particulate matter (including many volatile organic compounds in the form of aerosols)
Smog (especially the ground-level ozone it generates)
SKIN DAMAGE CAUSED BY POLLUTANTS
Uneven skin tone
HOW TO FIGHT BACK WITH 3 SMIPLE STEPS
Washing your face thoroughly every day will reduce the impact of pollution on your skin. Your aim is to remove dirt and pollutants without scrubbing, over drying, or irritating the skin which can cause acne flareups and other skin irritations.
Two - Neutralize
To combat increased inflammation, which makes acne and rosacea worse, apply a serum with antioxidants after cleansing in the morning and at night to bolster the skins repairing process.
Three - Protect Barrier
Apply an SPF 30 daily to protect your skin.
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