For some years now, particularly in tropical countries, there have been lots of warnings about how excess sun soaking results in wrinkles and leathery skin – or worse.
But there is something else that harms your skin, and many times you cannot even see it or escape it: pollution. Smog, chemical air particles, and car fumes are not only harmful to your lungs – your skin suffers too.
Despite your skin’s very purpose being to protect the body as your outer “shield,” the overwhelming amount of pollution can be too much to handle. One study published in the journal Frontiers of Environmental Science stated, “Exposure of the skin to air pollutants has been associated with skin aging and inflammatory or allergic skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis or acne, while skin cancer is among the most serious effects.” Another study from the Journal of Investigative Dermatology showed that age spots develop even when the increase in air pollution is insignificant.
According to the experts at Formula Botanica, a school that offers certification in organic cosmetic chemistry, some of the most notable changes that occur in the skin when it is exposed to pollution include the depletion in antioxidants and vitamins along with a higher rate of oil secretion (and of course, grime).
So, to fight pollution with skin care, look for something that thoroughly cleans your skin without disrupting its natural oil balance and pH and replenish your supply of antioxidants, particularly vitamin E.
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