The growth of mega-cities and urban means that more and more of us are now exposed to various environmental pollutants daily. It’s only natural that the interest in “anti-pollution” skincare is subsequently growing as we begin to understand the extent of this exposure and look to counteract the negative effects it can cause to the skin including accelerated skin ageing.
How does pollution affect the skin?
There are four main types of pollution:
Studies have that exposure to particle pollution in the air significantly correlates to an increase in signs of skin ageing. Further research has shown that test subjects living in urban areas with elevated levels of microscopic contaminants known as PAHs (Polyaromatic hydrocarbons) or in simple language, air pollution, had a 22% increase in pigmented spots, causing uneven skin tone.
We are exposed to blue light every day, and everywhere – whether from the sun or, increasingly, as artificial light from electronic devices. Research has shown that exposure to blue light can lead to changes in your skin cells, including cell shrinkage and death, speeding up the aging process.
UV radiation is a part of the natural energy produced by the sun. There are two types of UV light that are known to contribute to changes in your skin: UVA and UVB. Exposure to both UVA and UVB introduces a cascade of detrimental damage to the skin including inflammation, hyperpigmentation, and premature ageing.
Dirt and debris
Highly polluted areas can also contribute to clogged pores, topical irritation and subsequent blemishes and breakouts.