You know how important it is to wear sunscreen to prevent your skin from aging prematurely. But there is another threat that should force you to update your routine skin care statistic.
When it comes to keeping our skin smooth and ageless, we know the harmful effects of the sun and the importance of wearing sunscreen. But apparently there is another invisible and unsuspecting enemy that attacks our skin 24 hours a day: air pollution. While those of us who live in urban areas are the most exposed to air pollution, we can really find them anywhere. And staying indoors will not necessarily protect you since the air inside our homes can be up to five times more polluted than the outside air. But do not worry! There is a way to protect your skin from these environmental aggressors to keep skin healthy and looking its best.
What does air pollution do to your skin?
Studies have shown that air pollution can make your skin feel thirsty, dull, blemished, inflamed and can also contribute to premature aging over time. The particles of these pollutants not only leave our skin dirty but can cross the protective barrier of our skin, causing rashes, large pores, inflammatory reactions and causing the formation of free radicals deep within the layers of our skin, which can lead to wrinkles, sagging and hyperpigmentation. The smallest particle can eventually enter our body, causing even more damage and inflammation.
Here are the 5 most common sources of air pollution harmful to the skin:
1. Exhaust for cars and trucks
Emissions from cars contain carcinogens called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) which are attracted to the oils in our skin. According to the CDC, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are a class of chemicals that occur naturally in coal, crude oil and gasoline. They are also produced when coal, oil, gas, wood, garbage and tobacco are burned and can then bond to form small particles in the air.
Smog is a general term for this yellowish brown haze at low altitude hovering over large cities like LA This type of air pollution is made up of a variety of gaseous chemicals and toxic particles, including nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide (CO), volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The majority of smog is made up of something called particles (PM) and ground-level ozone (O3). While some occur naturally, most come from the burning of fossil fuels by humans.
3. Industrial chemical by-products
Hazardous chemicals are often released as a result of the production and refining of oil and gas. According to the EPA, solvents and paint strippers used by many industries give off methylene chloride. While some dry cleaning facilities emit perchlorethylene. These chemicals have serious health consequences, not just for our skin.
4. Cigarette smoke
Studies suggest that exposure to tobacco smoke can reduce blood flow to the skin, damaging the cells that form collagen and elastin and keep the skin vibrant and youthful. Researchers found that smokers were 5.8 times more likely to develop wrinkles than non-smokers. Evidence even suggests that cigarette smoke becomes phototoxic (toxic in the presence of light) and can cause even more damage to skin cells than smoke or sunlight.
5. Blue Light
While researchers are still studying exactly how constant exposure to blue light from devices like smartphones, tablets, computers, and other electronic devices affects our skin, there is some evidence that it can create radicals free in the skin causing the breakdown of collagen and accelerating the aging process which can lead to the development of fine lines, wrinkles, sagging and hyperpigmentation.
How to protect your skin from pollution
Unfortunately, there is no way to truly escape air pollution, but there are steps we can take to protect and minimize its effects. Cleansing your skin morning and evening can remove toxic particles and skin stressors. Products that hydrate and create a hydrating barrier for the skin can help trap particles of pollution before they have a chance to penetrate the layers of the skin. Ingredients like antioxidants can nourish skin cells and help counter oxidative free radicals from pollution that can lead to wrinkles, sagging skin, fine lines and dark spots.
When you want to protect your skin from pollution, it makes sense to use entirely natural and organic products. This is why we love Jurlique. The only Australian beauty brand with its own certified biodynamic farm, Jurlique formulates skin care products based on amazing plants that are always free of pesticides, herbicides and insecticides.
Here are some of our favorite products that can help keep your skin prepared and protected from air pollution:
Purity specialist treatment mask
If you want to help detoxify the skin and combat the effects of pollution while offering you a relaxing and luxurious treatment at the same time, this creamy mask is perfect. Made with kaolin, a natural clay, this mask works to cleanse the skin and remove dirt, oils and deep pollutants that can worsen our skin and induce premature aging. Although kaolin can also soften the skin, reduce redness, and unclog pores, it also has the power to remove the pesky build-up of makeup and sunscreen, which can cause dullness and cause rashes. The apricot seed in this mask acts as a smoothing exfoliant while the peppermint extract cools, tones and refreshes for a radiant, healthy glow. Exactly what you need for a home spa evening.
SEE THE PRODUCT → Jurlique Purity Specialist Treatment Mask
Revitalizing cleansing gel
Is there not something so satisfying in an excellent cleaner? Jurlique Lightweight Revitalizing Foaming Cleansing Gel is specially formulated with a coconut-based micellar cleansing system that encapsulates and removes makeup, sunscreen, surface dirt, oils and impurities in one wash. Plants like birch, calendula, peppermint, rosemary, yarrow, lemon balm and licorice help balance, protect and infuse skin with natural plant-based antioxidants. If you have oily skin or need blemish control, this cleanser is your best choice.
SEE PRODUCT → Jurlique Revitalizing Cleansing Gel
Water essence activation
Exposure to air pollution, heating and air conditioning, and even weathering, can dehydrate the skin, making fine lines more visible and a dull complexion. It can also make your skin more sensitive or even itchy. It is important to keep your skin well hydrated to keep it young and healthy. This is where the essence of water comes to save the day. Jurlique’s water activating essence will help you form a protective hydrating barrier that helps rebalance dry skin and prevent moisture loss to leave the skin feeling soft and smooth. When the skin is hydrated, it can better protect itself and absorb other skincare products more effectively.
This formula also includes a botanical skin hero called marshmallow root. Marshmallow root is rich in mucilage, a vegetable carbohydrate that attracts and retains water. It gives lasting hydration, supports a healthy moisture balance in the skin, softens dry areas, promotes suppleness and resilience of the skin. This activating water can be applied before your serums and after the toner morning and evening for a beautiful boost of herbal hydration.
SEE THE PRODUCT → Jurlique Activating Water Essence
Balancing rose water mist
Jurlique’s most emblematic product, this calming and refreshing fine mist spray based on rose extract of rose petals harvested by hand, instantly hydrates, softens and protects the skin against the effects of pollution with each little spritz . Rose extract improves skin barrier function by helping the skin to retain moisture, while marshmallow root extract has anti-inflammatory properties that help minimize redness and promote skin rejuvenation aging or tired. Perfect for all skin types, this essential beauty will instantly soothe, hydrate and refresh your skin. Use it as part of your daily skin regimen morning or evening or during the day to refresh the skin and make-up while protecting against environmental aggressions. If you love the luxurious scent of the rose, this product is exactly what you need in your skincare arsenal.
SEE THE PRODUCT → Balancing mist with Jurlique rose water
Moisturizing day cream
For a deeply hydrating day cream that will give your skin a boost of powerful antioxidants, try this cult Jurlique favorite. It is infused with both green tea and grape seed extracts, two of the richest natural sources of polyphenol-type antioxidants also known for their antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The antioxidants in this cream neutralize free radicals that damage our skin cells, which can then cause wrinkles, sagging skin and dark spots. Rich and luxurious, but not at all oily, it’s your perfect day cream when you want to maintain a smooth, hydrated and radiant pink complexion. It will trap moisture and create a nourishing barrier to help keep harmful pollution particles and environmental aggressors at bay.
SEE THE PRODUCT → Jurlique Moisture Replenishing Day Cream
Check if your current skincare products are formulated to protect your skin from the effects of pollution, it may be time to update.
Visit Jurlique.com to find out about their plant-rich anti-pollution skin care.
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