Get the Dirt on Pollution and Your Skin

By now, it is has become mainstream knowledge that excessive exposure to the sun can prematurely age the skin and even cause cancer. And because of this knowledge, we can take steps to protect ourselves – by applying high SPF sunblock. But there’s another danger lurking out  of doors: the air! Researchers are discovering links between exposure to pollution and skin damage. How do we fight this “new” foe?

A study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology looked at women in urban and rural areas over a period of 24 years. Those who were exposed to higher levels of pollution had more wrinkling and dark spots.

Pollution, caused by everything from factories and cars to construction and fires, is particularly insidious because it can infiltrate your skin. Smaller than pores, particles can work their way into the deeper layers of epidermis. Dr. Zoe Draelos of Duke University, says, “Pollution breaks down collagen and the lipid layer in the skin….”

Build that barrier back up. How? It’s actually very simple. Make sure to cleanse your skin every day with a light, mild cleanser. In the mornings, consider using a face brush to exfoliate. If your skin is especially sensitive, try a gentle scrub at night. This can help remove some impurities from your skin, and from within the pores.

Next, arm yourself with antioxidants. Free radicals in the air can prematurely age your skin, and change the underlying DNA and cellular structure – putting you at risk for cancer. Antioxidants are an effective antidote. CHOLLEY Phytocell Cream with Anti-Aging and Antioxidant Effects, for example, reinforces the skin’s defenses against oxidation and environmental pollutants. And, finally, remember to put that sun protection on as well.

Pollution can wreak havoc on your skin – but you’re not defenseless. With the best skin care products, you can protect yourself from environmental impurities.

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