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Why is everyone talking about anti-pollution skincare?

by Valeria Cole |

Because research shows that pollution stress takes a toll on skin aging and can potentially accelerate it. Now, some say that anti-pollution skincare is just the hot new trend, the current darling of skincare. We think differently, trends come and go, and pollution, sadly isn’t a trend, and it’s not going away. The experts are now waking us to all up to negative impact it can have on our skin. The scientists and researchers in the field of dermatology are sharing their findings and it’s pretty startling.

A research article in, The Dermatology Times states, “One of the central factors that has been proven beyond any doubt to cause premature skin aging is overexposure to UV radiation. However, other potential contributors to this process can include smog, pollution, cigarette smoke as well as other particulates in the air, which behooves dermatologists to address these issues accordingly with their patients,” says Zoe Draelos, M.D., consulting professor of dermatology at Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, N.C.

Dr. Draelos, goes on to say, “I do not think that a lot of people fully understand or appreciate the effects of the nanoparticles that are generated from either internal combustion engines, cigarette smoke or byproducts of industrial processes,” she says. “The truth is that these can have a profound effect on the skin in terms of premature skin aging, and we as dermatologists need not only to be aware of their action but also appropriately advise our patients in how to best avoid them.”

So, what does pollution do to skin exactly?

Dry & Dehydrated Skin

Pollution can enter the body through the skin (this is known as transdermal absorption) Pollution particles can be up to 20 times smaller than human pores, making it super easy for them to enter. A pollution particle entering a pore is like a coin going through a basketball hoop!

Accelerated Aging

One of the number one contributors of skin aging is free-radicals and pollution is one of the number one cooperates. The National Institute of Health explains that oxidation is when free radicals damage a part of the cells, such as proteins, DNA, cell membranes and more (2). When oxidation occurs, the cells lose their ability to function normally. Free radical damage can lead to tissue damage, which results in wrinkles, lines, dehydration, and loss of youthful volume. To prevent free radical, damage the body has a defense system of antioxidants. Antioxidants are molecules which can safely interact with free radicals and terminate the chain reaction before vital molecules are damaged.

Age Spots

Studies have shown a correlation between a number of airborne pollution particles and the probability of age spots. The more pollution there is, the more likely you’ll develop dark spots. Pollution particles trigger the inflammation cascade, which in turn leads to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation

What can I do to protect my skin from the harmful effects of pollution?

You can use an anti-pollution product to create an invisible, semi-permeable barrier that sits on top of the skin to block harmful toxins and pollutant particles from entering, while still allowing the skin to breathe. Without this layer of protection, skin damage from pollution can result in dry, dull skin, more pronounced fine lines and wrinkles and inflammation.

So, how is our Brazilian Fountain of Youth Anti-Pollution Facial Mist Different from Others?

It contains a unique blend of superfruit botanicals, antioxidants, and our powerful proprietary actives complex: YouthSpark™. Formulated with hyaluronic acid, marine plankton, Aquasense ™ and another 4 active ingredients to help protect and refresh your skin. With instant illumination and wrinkle reduction effects, it helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, stimulate skin cell water, collagen and elastin production; all while setting and reviving makeup. We bring you the largest number of free-radical-fighting ingredients combined in a single mist for 30% to 50% less cost others such a Tatcha and Tata Harper which have 50% less active ingredients.Click here to get yours now and use code MIST20 at check out to get 20% off your first purchase or get 25% off when you sign up for auto-fulfillment. 

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A couple of months ago, Tom, my husband and our co-founder wrote a great article about the impact of pollution to skin (Pollution - The Enemy of Great Skin). Click here to read that article and learn more. 

Thanks to Dermatology Times for the highly informative article we shared with you here and the US National Library of Medicine – National Institute of Health. Read the full article here


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Sources: Dermatology Times US National Library of Medicine – National Institute of Health






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