For decades, scientific research has required us to be alert to the negative effects of ultraviolet light (UVR) on the skin. Now skin care advocates have a new focus - air pollution.
Studies have revealed the dangers of air pollution to the skin. New research links air pollution to age spots, pigment spots and wrinkles. Some scientists say this may be the main cause of premature skin aging in people in polluted cities.
Car exhaust is the focus
Air pollutants that damage the skin are mainly from automobile exhaust, including particulate matter (PM), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).
Particulate matter is especially harmful to the skin. Studies at the University of Düsseldorf in Germany have shown that particle contamination increases age spots and wrinkles. UV exposure, skin care products and smoking can also cause skin aging. Studies have determined that air pollution is the main cause, at least for pigment spots on the cheeks.
Not just beauty. Studies have shown that peak airborne particulate pollution in Beijing is directly related to increased visits to skin patients, including urticaria and eczema.
What can you do?
Healthy skin is a good natural barrier. The top layer of the skin is like a tile countertop, and the flat cells are like tiles. These cells are separated by protective lipids. Lipids seal the cells together like a cement slurry on a tile countertop.
Some popular skin care products can damage the protective skin surface. The following recommendations apply to people who are susceptible to air pollution.
Use the right skin care products. Antioxidants (vitamins C and E), cleansing and barrier repair are the best skin protection against air pollution. Products containing glycerin, lanolin, nicotinamide and beeswax are also recommended.
Check out the air quality website. Reduce outdoor activities when air pollution levels rise.
Use an air purifier at home and at work. You may not be able to control the outside air. However, you can use the ALONDES air purifier to ensure that you breathe clean air at home. You can also provide clean air to your workplace by understanding commercial air purification products.
Air pollution is a reality in urban life. Take proactive steps to minimize the negative effects of pollution on the skin and keep your skin healthy for years to come.