How Pollution Harms Skin
Dermatologists from around the world agree that pollution is very damaging to skin. It’s something that most of us are confronted with every day, especially if we live and work in towns and cities. We tend to think mainly about how it affects our lungs, but pollution also has negative effects on our skin. The best skincare products will help to reduce the damage caused by pollution, but in order to minimise skin damage we need to take as much action as possible, which is discussed in this article. Skincare will help and it does not need to be a special product labelled as ‘anti-pollution’, all that is needed is natural skincare like Nakin’s that contains powerful antioxidants and skin detoxifiers. As well as using the right skincare to protect against pollution, we should look at our lifestyle to see how we can reduce our exposure to pollution and change things accordingly.
Pollution is bad for our overall health and is damaging to skin. Most of our concerns about environmental skin damage come from ultraviolet radiation instead of airborne pollution, however, pollution is harmful to skin according to research (1). This is from the skin being exposed to ultraviolet radiation, air pollutants such hydrocarbons, volatile organic compounds, oxides, particulate matter and smoke from cigarettes. It has serious visual and biological effects on skin and can cause problems as outlined below:
- Skin ageing & inflammation
- Skin pigmentation such as uneven skin tone, discolouration and age spots
- Skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and acne
- Skin cancer
How to Protect Skin from Pollution
Although human skin acts as a biological shield to protect against the environment, our skin has not evolved to keep up with today’s modern world of pollution from things like cars, industry and cigarette smoke. So ongoing skin exposure to these pollutants may have significant negative effects on the skin. Follow our tips below to combat the effects of pollution on skin. There is lots that we can do to resist the damage to skin from pollution. We need to try to reduce the amount of time that we spend in polluted areas and focus on cleansing and blocking out pollution with skincare, as well as UV light protection from using a good quality sunscreen. Doing this and incorporating oral and dietary antioxidants in our daily regime will help to scavenge the free radicals that are being generated by pollution in the environment.
- Adapt your lifestyle as much as possible by walking more instead of driving, and taking more scenic leafy routes than those near roads. Try to get out in the countryside and rural areas wherever possible.
- Use products like Nakin’s Natural Anti-Ageing skincare which contains a mass of antioxidant protecting ingredients and especially seaweed extract to detoxify skin and shield plus heal from pollution. When applied topically seaweed helps to cleanse skin and deliver nutrients to help it recover from pollution, as well as protecting skin by enhancing the natural barrier that already exists.
- Eat healthily to ingest nutrients and antioxidants internally and fight damage as much as possible. Also drink lots of water as this will always benefit health and cleanse our systems.
- If you smoke, then try to give up as it is bad for health and skin. There is lots of professional help to achieve this goal if needed.
Do I need Anti-Pollution Skincare?
If you use the best high performance natural anti-ageing skincare like Nakin’s Face Products then you do not need additional special anti-pollution products. This is because Nakin’s range was developed to tackle a multitude of skin issues, including protecting skin from pollution and helping to prevent and reverse visual skin damage. Nakin shields skin from pollution with our intense recovery formulas of the best cleansing and detoxifying plant actives. One of the many plant actives in our skincare is seaweed. Seaweed is perfect to reduce the effects of pollution as it naturally contains antioxidants which prevent free radical damage to the skin and protect against skin against ageing. Researchers such as Joshua Zeichner a director in dermatology and cosmetic clinical studies states that seaweed is rich in antioxidants, amino acids, and vitamin C. This means that seaweed has the ability to hydrate, minimise fine lines, promote collagen production, boost radiance and help treat hyperpigmentation in skin. Follow our routine below with Nakin’s seaweed rich skincare products for beautifully fresh smooth skin:
- The Advanced Cleansing Milk removes make-up and impurities without stripping skin. The seaweed conditions and cleanses skin.
- Our Purifying Face Toner removes the last traces of cleanser, detoxes skin & prepares it for creams & treatments. Seaweed purifies without stripping skin.
- The Matt Formula Face Cream delivers hydration, nutrition and protection for oilier and sensitive skin types. It will reinforce your skin’s barrier against the negative effects of pollution, while simultaneously reducing oxidative stress.
- The Active Dew Face Cream is for normal, dry & sensitive skin with superb hydration, nutrients & protection. It works like our Matt Formula face cream to also reinforce the skin’s barrier against the harmful effects of pollution, while simultaneously reducing oxidative stress.
- Nakin's Eye Cream Complex hydrates skin, smooths lines, reduces puffing and dark circles. It contains seaweed and algae both of which are stars in anti-pollution skincare.
- Try our Performance Face Serum for dullness and line prevention plus repair. The ultimate skin ageing prevention and repair serum packed with natural actives like seaweed for fresh smooth skin.
To find out more about Nakin and our stunning plant based skincare then visit us at www.nakinskincare.com Nakin believe in the power of nature to beautify skin without the use of harsh ingredients. Nakin’s skincare boosts all skin types, including sensitive skin with our full range of cleansers, moisturisers, eye creams, lip balm plus serum and oil treatments. The full range is cruelty free and made in the UK.
(1) Drakaki, E, Dessinioti A and Antoniou C 2014/05/15 Air pollution and the skin. Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering in China. Reported on researchgate.net
(2) Puri P, Nadar K, Kuthuria A & Ramesh V 201707/08/83 Effects of air pollution on the skin. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol.