You spend a lot of time on your skin care routine, but you just can't achieve perfection. Your technique is fine--it's pollution that's standing in your way. The modern world includes many conveniences, but they often come at a price. Until you have a way to protect your skin from pollutants, you're never going to get the healthy and flawless skin you dream about.
Pollution's Harmful Effects on Your Skin
Environmental causes can affect vital functions of the skin, leading to many problems. The most noticeable issues you may encounter due to pollution include wrinkles, signs of aging and dehydration. Hyperpigmentation can also occur, creating the brown spots typically associated with advanced age, and dry skin can set the stage for acne, rashes and even eczema.
You may also face serious problems that you can't see immediately--the damage isn't limited to the outer layer of your skin. Pollution also causes oxidation and generates free radicals, resulting in inflammation in the deeper tissue layers and decreasing the antioxidants in your body.
Here are other results pollution can yield:
- Loss of protein functionality
- Degradation of lipidic membrane
- DNA mutation
- Mitochondrial toxicity
- Decrease of cell renewal
- Lack of oxygen for cells
The Three Types of Pollution
Many people assume that pollution is only a problem in large urban areas. After all, who hasn't heard about the infamous smog levels in Los Angeles or Hong Kong? However, the danger spreads to rural areas, as well. Commonly, you are exposed to three categories of pollutants, each with its own way of damaging your skin.
The sun might be essential for life on Earth, but it can do a lot of harm to your skin. UV, UVA and IR rays can damage or kill your skin cells, with sunburn taking its toll on your body. You can't easily avoid this source--especially if you find yourself outdoors on a regular basis. Even when you don't see any sunlight, you may be surrounded by invisible rays.
Atmospheric pollutants are present at all hours of the day. They're invisible without using imaging tools, so you can't even know when you're exposed to them. Many toxic materials fall under this designation. Here are a few examples of pollutants in this category:
- Volatile organic compounds: VOCs are a part of countless items in your everyday life. Fragrances, paint, plastic, car exhaust and office equipment are a few items that contain this pollutant.
- Particulate matter: Dust, smoke, debris, pollen and other microscopic material travel through the air on water droplets.
- Heavy metals: Toxic metals, such as mercury and lead, cause damage when they get into the air or if you handle them directly.
- Cigarette smoke: The dangers of firsthand and secondhand smoke are well-known and can contribute to skin aging prematurely.
- Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon: When materials burn, they release PAHs into the air around them.
Home sweet home might be filled with multiple toxins. Household cleaners and pesticides can create an environment that's damaging to your skin and health. You have more control over these pollutants, though, since you can change the products you use.
Pollution Continues to Be a Growing Problem Worldwide
While many people and organizations look for ways to reduce pollution and improve the environment, there's still a long way to go before they achieve this goal. Zabol in Iran, Gwalior in India, and Xingtai in China are three of the cities with the worst air quality levels in the world. Some regions, such as the United States and Japan, have significantly decreased their pollution levels. However, in many countries, increased urban development is making pollutants worse.
Protect Your Skin From Environmental Stressors
So, what can you do to get Dead Sea beauty for your skin? You need to be proactive to stop more damage from happening and put yourself in a position to reverse what's already been done.
AHAVA’s new Mineral Radiance line gives your skin the boost it needs to keep pollution at bay. This protective barrier tackles domestic, atmospheric and UV sources and stops them from hurting skin cells. Powerful ingredients work together in the patented formula OsmoguardTM, and you enjoy shielded skin through the combination of two pollution-fighting solutions: AHAVA's Dead Sea OsmoterTM and PolluStopTM.
Several other ingredients give Mineral Radiance even more benefits. Signaline STM combines jojoba wax and olive oil extracts to reduce pollutant-based irritation, and VenuceaneTM detoxifies the skin and helps improve your natural defense against the sun.
Use the right products to get the radiant and recharged skin you love, even if you live in a heavily polluted urban center. AHAVA's Mineral Radiance line offers many products to incorporate into your daily routine.
The Cleansing Gel cleans your skin and removes external irritants, while the Instant Detox Mud Mask provides deep penetration, ridding your skin of the urban pollution that goes beyond the surface layer. The Energizing Day Cream provides the energy your body needs to grow new skin cells while strengthening existing ones and protecting you from UV. Finally, when you get home after a long day in the city, the Overnight De-stressing Cream prepares you for tomorrow.
Take action before the affects of pollution take hold of your skin. In a world that continues to remain irregular and chaotic, find solace in maintaining calmness and regularity in your skin. Good luck!