No doubt, city living is exciting! You get to meet a lot of people and if you’re lucky, you get to share your passion with other dreamers in a place that has so much to offer.
However, grand as it may seem, if you are living in a city, you are most likely exposed to one of the human body’s most notorious enemies, one that is invisible—air pollution. It’s something that most of us get to experience every day that, more often than not, we tend to forget about just how dangerous it is.
According to the 2019 “State of the Air” report released by the American Lung Association, the top three most polluted cities in the United States are all in California, namely Los Angeles-Long Beach, Visalia, and Bakersfield. Meanwhile, New York ranks at number ten.Studies have found that people living in polluted urban areas age 10% faster than those living in the country. It is, therefore, understandable that people are turning to products that can help protect the skin from the harmful effects of pollution.
This explains all the rave about anti-pollution skincare.
So before you panic and swear never to step out again, let’s look into what anti-pollution really is about and how you can benefit from it.
Effects of Pollution on the Skin
First off, you might be wondering why the dire need to protect the skin from pollution? According to the World Health Organization, air pollution kills an estimated 7 million people worldwide every year.
When it comes to the skin, it has been found that ozone in photochemical smog appears to speed up skin aging as it depletes Vitamin E levels in the skin. This interferes with the wound-healing processes, therefore, causing oxidative stress.
Squalene is one of the primary antioxidants of the skin surface, along with Vitamin E. However, squalene is said to decrease in polluted areas, and low values of these antioxidants can lead to dry skin.Additionally, pollution can cause irritation, rashes, break-outs, and clogged pores.
What is Anti-Pollution Skincare?
Anti-pollution skincare products are made with a blend of potent antioxidants such as Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Antioxidants are compounds that restrain oxidation, which produces free radicals and thereby leading to chain reactions that may damage the cells of organisms. With its antioxidant ability, anti-pollution skincare can counteract the particles in the air that harm the skin. The goal of these products is to create a barrier on your skin to prevent the air pollutants from clogging the pores or penetrating the deeper layers.
How to Choose Anti-Pollution Skincare Products
Anti-pollution means warding off damaging molecules from settling into your skin, so it’s just practical to be picky when it comes to skincare.
Make sure to avoid anything with chemical preservatives, parabens, synthetic colors, or dioxins. Products with these ingredients have been linked to skin irritation and developmental complications.Instead, always choose all-natural, preservative-free, products with no artificial coloring. When selecting anything for your body, always remember that the goal is to protect it, not inviting toxins to settle into it.
Incorporating Anti-Pollution Skincare
Now that you know about the adverse consequences of pollution on the skin, you probably couldn’t wait to give your skincare routine an update.
Complete Hemp is all about moisturizing and protecting for overall wellness. Here are products we have carefully tested and developed to combat pollution:
- Collagen Booster Serum THC Free has 22% Vitamin C and includes microalgae and other 100% natural ingredients. It’s formulated to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, sun spots, and age spots. Add this clarifying and toning serum to your daily routine for a smoother, more radiant, and revitalized youthful complexion.
- Face & Eye Moisturizer Cream THC FREE contains Vitamin E, Vitamin B5, olive oil, and citrus fiber, among other all-organic ingredients. Also, our cetyl alcohol is derived from coconuts and not from whale oil like other companies. This serum can be applied as both day and night cream. It has an anti-wrinkle formula that reduces the appearance of age spots, dark circles, puffiness, and hyperpigmentation.
Pollution is a global problem that every individual and institution must help solve. While we continue our little steps with addressing that, make sure you don’t neglect your responsibility to yourself, to keep your body healthy from the inside out.