What Effect Does Modern Pollution Have On the Skin and What is the Solution?

Though efforts are being made by the government, companies and individuals alike to reduce their pollutive output on the environment, pollution is still a prevalent and harmful issue, especially in cities. One of the many ways in which pollution affects our everyday lives is the effects it has on our skin. In this article we will explore the ways in which pollution damages our skin and how certain routines and skincare products can help to prevent and aid the damage being caused.

So What are the Damages Caused by Pollution?

The damages caused by pollution can be split into two main groups; the exacerbation or cause of dermatological conditions and general damages to the skin appearance and function. Firstly, and according to Dr. Day (MD) clinical associate professor of dermatology at New York University Langone Medical Center, there is a clear correlation between spikes in air pollution and the number of people suffering from dermatological conditions such as acne, hives and eczema. Secondly, pollution causes the skin to age, become more sensitive, discolour, dry out and become coarser in texture.

Dr Day argues that these damages are caused by oxidative stress. In simple terms, this means that our bodies can’t produce enough antioxidants to neutralize oxygen species which are damaging to our skin. Our skin isn’t designed to cope with pollution and people who live in cities or areas with high pollution levels are far more likely to suffer from these dermatological issues. Furthermore, pollutants damage collagen, the protein which strengthens our skin, gives it elasticity and helps with scarring.

The Solution to Pollution

Unfortunately, pollution is a part of everyday life and does have a detrimental impact on our dermatological health and appearance. Fortunately, there is a solution, a proper skincare routine.

By cleansing your skin, you can remove pollutants and restore healthier, cleaner and more youthful-looking epidermis. For the best results, use a cleanser both in the morning and at night time. Our 4-in-1 Cleansing Milk is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and essential fatty acids which help to rejuvenate and soothe the skin. To fight the dryness which comes with modern day pollution, make sure you are using a naturally powerful moisturiser which will re-hydrate and soften your skin, such as our Hydractive Face Serum.

Vitamin B3 is one of the most effective ingredients in fighting the damage that modern-day pollution causes to our skin. It helps to rejuvenate the skin cells and protects them from future damage, as well as strengthening the barrier of the skin and protecting against harmful UV rays. This vitamin is essential for your skin, especially if you live in a city or a polluted area. Our Multivitamin Nourishing Face Mask contains the complex of vitamin B and thus the vitamin B3, along with a plethora of other skin-boosting ingredients. Combining it with the Hydractive Face Serum, which is designed to deliver the highly necessary hydration to our skin, will lead to a visible improvement in your skin’s appearance. As well as a good skin care routine, make sure you hydrate your insides too! By drinking plenty of water throughout the day, your skin will be more hydrated and is less likely to show signs of dehydration.

Olivoderm’s Answer to Pollution

Yes, pollution is a great issue in the modern world and for far much more than just our skin! However, there are simple steps which may be taken to avoid the negative impacts it has on our skin. Our products are packed with natural Mediterranean ingredients which help fight the problems caused by modern-day pollution and will greatly benefit you by adding them in your everyday skin routine!


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