How Pollution Is Affecting Your Skin

How Pollution Is Affecting Your Skin

Our world and surroundings are in a constant state of flux, and our main source of protection from the range of elements in our environments that are continuously shifting, is our bodies, and our skin that covers them. Since our bodies are still learning and adapting to this changing landscape, we aren't fully equipped to fight off every pollutant and toxin that we encounter. You can see the effects of pollution starting from mild irritation to to rashes and discomfort, premature aging, and at it's worst - organ damage and cancer. How do these chemicals have such an effect on our bodies and what are ways we can go about preventing these effects? 

The Science & Effects of Pollution 

The verbiage 'air pollution' is a little vague, and hard to grasp and likely comes with a long list of hard to pronounce gases and toxins that are swirling around us as we speak. Under the term 'air pollution' though, is where you'll find most of the pollutants that jeopardize your skin and body health. That is toxins, gases, particulate matter and heavy metals. Most commonly in the form of particles, and smog, pollutants can reach you and effect your skin in a number of ways. 

1. Through Oxidation:
Interaction with harmful pollutants causes oxidative stress, which is defined as an over-production of destructive reactive oxygen species and an inability of the body’s natural antioxidant network to neutralize them. This essentially ruins the safeguard that is your skin's first protection. 

2. Altering Our Natural, Positive Skin Bacteria 
Studies have shown that pollutants manipulate and change  our skin's natural, bacteria by throwing off it's chemical makeup. This can lead to acne, rosacea, eczema and other skin ailments. 

3. Pollutants Trigger Inflammation  
By coming into contact with your skin, pollutants can weaken the collagen fibers in your skin and lead to chronic inflammation. A chain-reaction occurs and causes pigment-creating cells to be overactive, leading to dark-spots and discoloration. 

4. Ozone 
This is one of the most dangerous toxic gases our skin is currently fending off. It is formed when UV light hits mono-nitrogen oxides and allegedly is one of the main causes of pollution-related skin damage. 

5. Robs Your Skin Of Essential Vitamins
Due to the sticky nature of these particulate pollutants, they can bind to your skin and strip away the naturally occurring vitamins, leading to a fragmenting of collagen and a releasing of free agents in your system that cause aging. 

Tips For Protecting Your Skin 

The threat of pollution is a problem that won't be going away any time soon unfortunately so it's important to know your plan for skin care self defense. 

A few tips we recommend:

High Antioxidant Diet: This helps consistently flush out any harmful chemicals, toxins, or gases you may take in through the air or ingest in processed foods. 

Select Supplements: Adding a dosage of vitamins to your daily routine can also help strengthen your naturally occurring bacteria, reinforce your skins barriers, and support collagen production. 

Check Your Ingredients: When deciding on your moisturizers, toners, and creams be sure you're peepin' those ingredients labels. A lot of major brands hide lengthy chemicals in their products that can actually produce the same harmful effects as pollutants such as clogged pores, irritated or oily skin, and acne. The same goes for your make up products. Although many brands include sunscreen protection, they may also include fragrances and dyes that contain nasty chemicals. 

Properly Cleanse Skin: This is a must! Finding a skin care source and routine that not only fits your skin type, schedule, and budget but also helps fit your lifestyle and protect you. Whether you're living that city life and getting blasted by exhaust fumes and bright lights, or if you work outdoors in a rural town and are exposed to insects and direct sun for hours, you need to tailor your skin protection for your activities.

How do you know you're properly cleaning your skin? Here are a few key steps. 

Nourish Your Skin:
Protect your skin by applying cream with antioxidants every morning before going out. Incorporating elements such as Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and hexinol can be helpful in restoring effects of free-radical damage and strengthens and supports your natural skin barrier. 

Detox: 
Invest in a hearty, healthy scrub that will help dig deep into your pores and eliminate any pesky pollutants, or harmful agents occupying your skin. You want a product that will draw out any accumulated toxins from your skin and exfoliate your pores. You can also use a scrubbing device such as a brush or you can employ a thick wash cloth as well. Massage the scrub in gentle circles to release buried pollutants and clarify your skin. 

Go Deep & Moisturize:
Be sure to find yourself natural, organic cleansers and moisturizers that not only protect your skin but help repair it with powerful ingredients that are free of fillers and will easily be absorbed into your skin. Fillers only serve to irritate and clog your skin more so it's important to remember, the simpler the formula, the better. This will seal in your healthy skin every day and continue to rejuvenate as needed throughout so you want to invest in a higher quality product that you know you can rely on. 

We know it isn't easy to combat the literal air around you, but that's why we want to help enlighten everyone to the ease at which they can protect their skin. Bio Lumiere uses power-packed natural ingredients to help strengthen your naturally occurring skin barrier and continue to replenish and nourish it throughout the day. You never have to worry about clogging up your skin more, or making it too oily or too dry in your battle against pollution. Bio Lumiere is the perfectly calculated formula for that "just right" skin, even out in the elements. 

 

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