“Pollution can do serious damage to how your skin looks and feels. Here’s how to fix that."
It’s no surprise that the sun is bad for your skin, but there’s another environmental factor that isn’t doing your complexion any favors: pollution. Smog, smoke, and other general grime in the air create particles known as particulate matter—microscopic pieces that can easily penetrate your skin and get lodged in your pores. Once there, they create free radicals, skin-damaging molecules that trigger inflammation and can even lead to signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles. So yes, in theory, living in a city or highly polluted area can actually speed up the aging process. No, thank you.
To avoid all of this, option one would be to go live in a farm in the middle of nowhere. Option two would be to step up your anti pollution skin care game. (We don’t want to speak for everyone, but the latter sounds much easier and more appealing to us.) There are two different ways that products can help combat the damaging effects of pollution, according to Jeff Rosevear, founding scientist and Head of Product Development for Skinsei. “They can either act as a second skin, helping block pollution particles and aiding in keeping them from sticking, or use various ingredients that help neutralize them if they do penetrate into the skin,” he explains. Skinsei has products that work both ways, from essence mists that create a barrier against pollution particles, to concentrated serums filled with powerful ingredients to combat pollution's damaging effects. Even better: Skinsei does the hard work for you, determining first and foremost whether you need some added anti-pollution protection in your skin care routine, and then figuring out which product will best deliver exactly what you need. So breathe easy—there’s no need to leave your beloved city apartment for that farm in the middle of nowhere.
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