Could pollution be ageing your skin?
Every day we step into the “open air” and our skin is exposed increasingly to exhaust fumes, industrial smog, dust particles, tobacco smoke and ozone.
For many years’ researchers have been concerned with how we are not only damaging the planet but in turn, how the planet is damaging us.
Fine airborne particles lodge themselves, up-to eight particles per follicle into the deep layers of our skin.
Thereafter, free radicals attach themselves to these particles and cause inflammation which is age-inducing.
Although our morning sunscreen process protects us from UV induced ageing, it, unfortunately, does not protect us from oxidative stress caused by pollution.
There are some new studies from the World Congress of Dermatology which proves that pollution can accelerate the visible signs of ageing in individuals.
Studies in Germany and China highlight an increase in cheek pigmentation due to matter from soot and traffic exhaust.
Over a 5-year period, ozone was strongly linked to wrinkle formation due to antioxidants and collagen depletion.
Anti-pollution ingredients are set to be the new era of anti-ageing skincare and will target both the external negative effects of pollutants on the skin as well as boosting the skin from the inside.
So now that we know what the problem is, what is the solution?
We need to:-
- Practice a thorough double cleanse regime. It is an essential basic step to skin health.
- Exfoliate daily. Dispense about half a teaspoon of daily exfoliant (from the Dalton or Tonic skincare range which works best for your skin) into wet hands and create a creamy paste by rubbing hands together.
- Moisturise the skin with ingredients that can create a barrier against free radicals and other environmental pollutants. It is important that both your day and night creams have essential fatty acids that create a strong barrier and Vitamin C and E that also protect and help the skin to repair itself.
- Apply a 30+ or 50+ sunblock to reflect UV rays over the top of your moisturiser. To receive the best daily protection, use a moisturiser that has a vast array of protective free radical ingredients that can penetrate deep into the skin like Tonic Vita Glow Hydrate and Tonic Vita Glow Purify.