Do you know we are facing pollution everywhere every day? UV exposure, air pollution, light pollution, ozone depletion, allergens and even seasonal aggressors are the major problems that can lead to different impacts on our skin.
So how does pollution impact the skin ?
Oxidative stress – an over-production of destructive reactive oxygen species (ROS) and an inability of the body to neutralize or detoxify their harmful effects by antioxidants.
Squalene and vitamin E are the main antioxidants of the skin. However, when exposed to pollution, these antioxidants will be depleted to combat oxidative stress in the skin, causing dry skin.
Moreover, the pollutants and particles in the polluted environment are very tiny and even 20 times smaller than our pores. They sometimes may infiltrate deeper layers of the epidermis, causing inflammation and sensitive skin. When dirt particles accumulate, they will mix with your skin cells and oils that causing clogged pores.
Pollution can also lead to excessive sebum secretion, uneven skin tone, wrinkles and loss of skin elasticity by breaking down collagen and the lipid layer in the skin that impairs skin barrier function. It results premature ageing finally.
People are aware of the dangers of pollution but very few take action to protect themselves against it. OSCO exists to raise your health consciousness, solve your skin concerns and bring you back to nature. We are going to talk about how to repair and protect your skin against pollution in next post. Please stay tuned!
Coyran Cheung is the founder of OSCO, also a registered nurse and an organic skincare formulator graduated from the International Organic Skincare Entrepreneur Program at accredited Organic Skincare School – Formula Botanica in UK.
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