Anti-pollution skincare. A buzz phrase or the final frontier in fighting ageing?
We are surrounded by it but we can’t always see it. We breathe it but we can’t always smell it. We swallow it but we can’t always taste it. We are talking about pollution- the enemy of healthy skin.
London may not have reached the headline-grabbing levels of air pollution like Dehli, but it has in fact been living with illegal levels of pollution since 2010. The invisibly small particles that engulf the capital’s streets can penetrate the lungs and skin very easily.
Skin is an organ that allows stuff to come out (for example sweat), but also allows for things to get in. Pollution is one of the things that can penetrate through the skin’s cells. It can then trigger reactions such as inflammation, acne, allergies and eczema.
It comes as no surprise that as well as anti-ageing and sun protection, many skincare experts are suggesting that it is time to consider air quality when designing your skin care routine.
Pollution puts skin through a lot of stress on the surface but also at deeper levels. Deeper layers of the skin contain pigment cells and if nasty pollution particles reach these, changes in pigmentation could occur. This can then eventually lead to a noticeably uneven skin tone and age spots.
Think you are safe in the countryside?
Think again. Even if you don’t have a single polluting vehicle or factory in sight, you still have clouds overhead. These clouds shower you with the gift of acid rain. Don’t forget that wind can also carry harmful particles very long distances.
Such stress from the environment can also cause changes to the underlying structure of the skin. The skin may lose its elasticity and firmness and start to sag and show deeper wrinkles.