Pollution. It even sounds like a nasty word.
But the reality is even more horrible for our health and for the health of our skin. Quite simply pollution mercilessly ages the skin.
If you live or work in a city exposure to pollution is unavoidable.
Here’s what happens:
- When our bodies are overloaded with toxins, the liver starts to store them up.
- As we don’t get a break from toxins very often, this build up can cause symptoms such as headaches and poor skin.
To make matters worse scientists have discovered an even smaller particle pollution, known as PM2.5 which is so impossible to detect or remove that simple cleansing just won’t have any effect. Sonic cleansing is required: either a daily brush at home or try out our Ultrasonic facial to really deep clean your skin.
So, how does pollution manifest itself on our skin?
- Accelerated signs of ageing, such as an increase in pigmentation
- Slower cell renewal
- Overall dullness and loss of radiance
How can you deal with it?
- For daily prevention eat clean, not dirty.
Avoid crops exposed to pesticides. Also a daily dose of cayenne pepper, lemon and water will flush out the kidneys and remove toxins resulting in a clearer mind and clearer skin.
- Up the antioxidants
Free radicals are very small, unstable molecules that are highly reactive due to the presence of unpaired electrons. During periods of environmental stress, such as pollution or excessive sun exposure, the molecules cause damage to cell structures. This process is known as oxidative stress.
Normally the body can cope with free radicals by using its supply of anti-oxidants within. These include vitamins (e.g. Vitamin C & E), minerals and enzymes. But if the anti-oxidants are in short supply damage to the cells and tissues will occur.Eating food rich in anti-oxidants will help ensure your body can counter the effects of the free radicals. Also topically applied antioxidant products can really help. Look for products containing white and green tea, soy and Vitamins A, C and E, such as Dermalogica’s AGE smart range.
By Mandy Oxley-Swan On June 29, 2015