The environment is not a friend to our skin. UVA and UVB damage from the Sun, pollution, fluorescent lights, computers, smoke, soot and exhaust rapidly break down healthy skin barriers that cause premature aging.
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Pollution releases microscopic particles or free radicals that can go deep into the skin and cause damage to otherwise healthy cells. The outcome is loss of elasticity (wrinkles and sagging) and Hyperpigmentation (dark spots). Pollution can cause uneven skin tone, dehydration, dryness, dark spots, expedited aging, wrinkles, sagging and a deterioration of collagen.
- Smoke: from cigarettes, second hand smoke and industrial factories
- Soot: industrial factories and burning of
- Exhaust: cars, trucks, boats, airplanes
- Weak ozone layer
- Computers + smart phones + fluorescent: emit High-energy visible (HEV) light and Infrared (IR) light. In some studies HEV and IR light have been shown to penetrate the skin more deeply than the traditionally marketed UVA, UVB and UVC rays. Which if true is very scary.
- Shower water: can be polluted with chemicals and toxins, which remain on our skin and hair.
- Foods (unhealthy fried food, sugars and alcohol)
Repair the damage
The best way to repair environmentally damaged skin is to introduce an anti-pollution based skin care regimen- Exfoliate (remove the dead and polluted skin cells), Cleanse, Treat (serum), Seal (moisturizer) and Protect (SPF).
Exfoliation is the best method for ridding pores of pollutants. Scrubs can get into the pores and clean them while also removing dead skin cells, bacteria and prior damage. Chemical peels are also a terrific way to exfoliate and remove damaged skin cells.
The most potent and highest regarded pollution fighting ingredients are:
- Red Tea
- Ferulic Acid
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
Proper skincare, lifestyle and diet can help against unwanted visible signs of pollution and internal issues.