We all know that our air is dirty; that car emissions, factories, and construction sites are polluting the atmospheric gases to which every living creature on Earth needs to survive. But, did you know that these microscopic pollutant particles are also doing harm to your skin? Up to 20 times smaller than your pores, these tiny particles can infiltrate the deepest layers of skin, causing inflammation and the breakdown of collagen and lipids. The result? Skin looses its elasticity and firmness, leading to the emergence of fine lines and wrinkles. But no need to worry! We have compiled a list of the industry’s top tips to beat this silent skin-ager we call pollution.
The longer pollutants sit in your skin, the more damage they cause. At the end of the day, thoroughly cleanse skin of these pesky particles with an effective but gentle cleanser, such as our Impurity Removal Cleanser. For an even deeper, professional cleanse, get regular facials. Our in-home facials are even more effective, because you won't re-pollute your skin by facing the outdoors post-facial!
When pollution enters the skin, it creates free radicals—highly unstable molecules that damage collagen and cell walls. This damage shows up in the form of dark spots and wrinkles. Antioxidants are molecules that neutralize these free radicals and can be found in our Intense Anti-Aging Serum.
3. Put Good In
Studies show that eating foods naturally rich in antioxidants, such as blueberries, green tea, leafy greens, and beans, is extremely effective at protecting skin from free radical damage.
Pollution also indirectly harms our skin. The ozone layer, which shields us from the sun’s damaging rays, has been severely eroded by pollution. To fight both pollution and sun damage, apply SPF everyday, particularly one that contains antioxidants in its formula!