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If you’re serious about your skincare, you’re already wearing SPF daily. If you’re not, let’s get serious! One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime, and 90% of the visible signs of aging are caused by UV exposure. Sunscreen everyday all day is a no-brainer. (Even for workaholics who never leave the office: UVA rays penetrate windows!)
If you’re patting yourself on the back for having your SPF covered, hold up: You may not realize that your skin is getting hit with a lot more than just the sun’s rays each day, especially if you live in a city. According to a 2014 article in Frontiers in Environmental Science, “Although human skin acts as a biological shield against pro-oxidative chemical and physical air pollutants, the prolonged or repetitive exposure to high levels of these pollutants may have profound negative effects on the skin.” Diesel fumes, factory emissions, cigarette smoke, and other air pollutants interact with your skin and create Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS).
So, what exactly does that mean? Well, ROS are free radicals that attack the proteins in healthy skin cells and cause oxidative damage. This leads to the breakdown of elastin and collagen, which help keep your skin firm and smooth. Oxidative damage in your skin leads to signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots, dullness and loss of elasticity. Oxidation increases in skin cells as you get older and your skin gets weaker, diminishing the skin’s ability to repair itself. That means that it’s more effective to prevent the signs of oxidation than to try reverse them once they appear.
Our City Sunscreen Serum is an awesome first step in a pollution-protecting skin care routine. It provides daily skin protection against environmental damage with Vitamin E and Uniprotect PT-3, antioxidants that help prevent further damage. And pollution protection is only one of this serum’s super powers! City Sunscreen Serum is also a broad-spectrum SPF 30, fighting both aging UVA rays and burning UVB rays, and a lightweight moisturizer that helps keep sensitive skin hydrated. It’s like a forcefield for your face!
While research into the effects of air pollution on our skin is only beginning to catch up to research on sun damage, your beauty regimen might already include helpful antioxidants! Eat plenty of green, leafy veggies. Keep your tea green, your chocolate dark, and your wine red. Look for products that include B vitamins, vitamins C & E, green tea, rosemary, and grape seed extract. Using a mineral foundation can also help keep the nasties off your skin, and we just so happen to have one of those too.