Is Pollution Harming Your Skin?

September 18, 2020

For years it has been widely known that UV exposure is a driver of signs of aging in the skin. However, other factors have also been known to damage your skin.

 

This includes exposure to various types of chemicals and impurities. Pollution is inherently chemicals that have been aerosolized and are impacting the purity of the air. Generally, people understand ‘pollution’ to be localized to urban and industrial environments, and some could assume that if they do not live in a major metropolitan hub then pollution won’t impact their skin. This is not always the case. In fact, ‘pollution’ can look very different depending upon where someone lives. Rural areas with a strong farming community can have air polluted by the chemicals used on the farms. Areas near forests can have air polluted by smoke from wildfires. Essentially any time chemical particulates are in the air, pollution plays a role in the aging of your skin. Overexposure to contaminants in the air can accelerate skin aging and skin cancer.

So what can you do to help mitigate the damage? Start with a balanced, antioxidant rich diet, and limit daily intake of caffeine and alcohol. Drink green, white, or spearmint tea instead. Certain oral supplements like quercetin and niacinamide have been found to have some anti-pollution benefits. Beyond this, one of the best things you can do is to stay consistent with a healthy skin care regimen. Epionce regimens are simple to use and help maintain skin’s balance while providing barrier-boosting benefits. You may not be able to control your environment, but you can take charge with a routine that helps defend your skin from environmental aggressors.

Defend your skin with our top picks:

Intense Defense Serum

Clinically proven anti-aging multivitamin serum for the skin contains vitamins A, B, C, D, and E in a cosmetically elegant, stable formula. Daily use helps fight the visible signs of aging including fine lines and wrinkles.

Renewal Facial Lotion + Lytic Tx

The Epionce Renewal + Lytic combo, aka the dynamic anti-aging duo, reduces the visible appearance of skin aging, cleans out pores and helps smooth skin contour. Clinically proven against leading retinoids for anti-aging for a more youthful-looking glow.

Daily Shield Lotion Tinted SPF 50

Daily use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen helps protect from UV damage and other environmental factors that can compromise the skin and lead to the visible appearance of skin aging.

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