With pollution rates across the country on the rise, it’s not just the health of our lungs that’s suffering. Our skin is also taking a hit from the many pollutants that surround us.
But why does pollution have such an adverse effect? Well, when the skin is exposed to pollutants, free radicals are produced on the skin’s surface. After a while, the level of free radicals on the skin becomes too high for the skin’s natural defense mechanisms to cope with, and oxidative stress occurs. This leads to signs of premature aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.
Unfortunately, pollution isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. As such, many of today’s skincare products contain pollution-fighting ingredients. Here are some of the key constituents of anti-pollution products:
- Antioxidants:One of the key ingredients for combatting the effects of pollution are antioxidants, which are found in vitamins C and E, as well as resveratrol and niacinamide. They help to repair the skin and protect it from oxidative stress, visibly reducing the signs of aging caused by exposure to pollutants.
- Activated charcoal:Used for centuries, activated charcoal is charcoal that’s been treated with oxygen at incredibly high temperatures. It’s more porous than ordinary charcoal and is therefore highly absorbent, helping to draw pollutants out of the skin. You might see it as an ingredient in a detoxifying face mask, and its use results in a smoother complexion.
- Chemical exfoliators:Adding a chemical exfoliator to your skincare routine helps to ensure that free radicals are removed from your skin. As the name suggests, chemical exfoliation occurs when an acid is used to get rid of dead skin cells, unclog pores, and brighten the skin. AHAs and BHAs are two examples of oft-used chemical exfoliants.
- Ceramides:Looking after the skin’s microbiome helps to keep anti-pollutants out. While not directly a microbiome ingredient, ceramides are lipids that are naturally found in the skin and play a crucial role in maintaining the skin’s barrier. They’re most effective when paired with skin-replenishing ingredients such as glycerin and cholesterol.
- Niacinamide: A form of vitamin B3 known for its anti-inflammatory properties, niacinamide also helps to support the skin barrier. This is because it promotes the production of elastin and ceramides, both of which are important components of the skin’s barrier.
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