Is Air Pollution Ruining Your Skin?

Do you take steps to keep your skin looking young and healthy? Well then… you probably know the sun can cause damage. But, have you every thought about what’s in the air around you?

As if dirt and grime weren’t gross enough, experts say new research indicates air pollution can speed up the normal aging process in some people and lead to dullness, wrinkles and those dreaded dark spots.  All things actress Aicha Reid worries about.

“It’s happened before where I’m walking by a bus and then all of a sudden there’s just like this thick black smoke just wafting into my face and I’m just like, ‘my pores!”

But ladies, cosmetic companies are on it with a slew of new products on the market promoted to protect against air pollution damage. They range from cleansers and brushes designed to remove particulates on the skin’s surface to creams and serums that neutralize free radicals.

“If air pollution does get through into your skin and starts to create damage, these antioxidants are able to kind of scavenge the free radicals that are created and may decrease the damage that’s done,” says Dr. Amy Derick, Board Certified Dermatologist and Member of the American Academy of Dermatology.

If you’re worried about air pollution and wondering which products might be right for you, consult your dermatologist… and, you may have to do a little homework.

“Find out what products have been shown to be scientifically helpful. Find out which ones are not just jumping on the pollution bandwagon, and those that have really gone and put in some research behind it,” adds Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, Board Certified Dermatologist and Member of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Experts say we’re only beginning to understand exactly how pollution affects the skin, and cosmetic industry studies are underway. So, in the future expert even more anti-pollution skincare products on store shelves.