Air pollution increase: A health concern and a cause of skin aging
92% | of world population lives in areas where pollution level exceeds a recommended limits set by the WHO (World Health Organisation). It is estimated that two million people die every year from the effects of air pollution.
A recent study | suggests that particulate matter from pollution caused increase in age spots
What Happens to Skin When Exposed to Air Pollution?
The skin is exposed to environmental air pollutants such as particulate matter (PM), ozone (O3), and cigarette smoke. However, you can control the amount of cigarrettes you smoke but sadly you cannot control level of pollution your skin is exposed to every day. Pollution is in your office as you are surrounded by computers and printers, it is on that train you take to and from home to work every day, it is on that bus you take to visit your local farm every Sunday.
Exposure of the skin to air pollutants has been associated with skin aging
Ageing of the skin caused by pollution dramatically aggravates natural aging process | resulting in
- loss of firmness
- appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- age spots and loss of moisture
- collagen degradation
- skin sensitivities
- increased inflammation
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