In 1900, only 16% of the world lived in cities. Most people lived in rural areas who spent most of their days in the agriculture business. Although cities back then were polluted, most humans lived with blue skies and pure breathable air out on the farms. Today, 55% of the world’s population lives in cities and that number is projected to be 70% by 2050. That means the majority of us live with not so ideal air. Toxic gases from car emissions like nitrogen dioxide, smoke from cigarettes, chemicals from factories like ozone, spores, and mold from dense populations does a number on your skin and not to mention your overall health. So what can we do to naturally protect our skin from these harmful factors? What’s the best skin care routine to fight against pollution?
The demand for natural and organic skin protection products are on the rise
Its obvious for most of us that we need a solution to protect our skin from pollution. All you really have to do is look out the window to see what you’re up against. But looking at the numbers, organic skin care is up and it looks like this trend of using organic skin products will last well into the future. As of 2018, the global organic skin care market was $36 Billion USD and is projected to double by 2030. I don’t have to tell you how significant that shift is. Fighting pollution with artificial chemicals just doesn’t make sense. It’s like fighting fire with fire.
The negative effects of pollution on the skin
As a gut feeling, we instinctively understand that pollution has a negative effect on the skin. But specifically, what is going on?
The cell walls that make up your skin are made of cholesterol. Normally, this layer of cholesterol protects the inner workings of the cell and helps retain the moisture in the cell itself. However airborne pollution can breakdown this layer of cholesterol and exposes the cell to the harsh environment. It also drains the cell of its moisture which can permanently damage the cell in the long run.
Ozone (one of the main ingredients in smog) has been shown to deplete antioxidants in the skin through a photochemical reaction. In the long run, long term exposure to ozone can leave your skin defenseless against UV radiation that can ultimately lead to premature skin aging or even worse, skin cancer. Ozone has a nasty habit of reducing the skin building blocks such as vitamin E which it needs to repair itself.
Your bodies PH levels have a positive or negative effect on the skin. It’s been shown that higher levels of pollution can actually decrease the PH levels in your skin rendering your skin more acidic. Your body naturally secretes a fatty acid called sebum which is a mixture of lactic acids and amino acids. This layer naturally protects your skin. However, sebum is very delicate and can breakdown when exposed to air pollution.
Squalene is another vital antioxidant produced naturally by the body. Pared with vitamin E, these antioxidants are the most important defense against harsh external forces that damage the skin. Your body can only produce so much squalene before pollution starts to win the battle. This unfortunately, can result in high oxidation rates within the skin.
Vitamin E and Squalene are the main components that make up your skins defence against air pollution.
To combat these external man made threats to your skin, perhaps nature has a solution.
Anti-Pollution skin care
How do you give your skin what it needs to combat the effects of pollution? It’s very simple. If given the right nutrients, your body will produce the necessary defense. Without it, your body is a factory without raw materials to produce anything. Not only will a good anti-pollution skin care routine help the skin produce a defense but it should also heal and cure damaged skin.
A routine high in vitamin E and Squalene will give your body the antioxidants it needs to produce sebum. We suggest using an organic anti-pollution skin care product like SHABANA Prickly Pear Seed Oil for this task. Prickly Pear Seed Oil has the highest amounts of vitamin E and Squalene than any other skin care product on the market. The antioxidants of these oils help repair, strengthen, and defend your skin from city pollution.
We hope you have a better understanding of how pollution affects your skin. The more you know, the greater the chance you have at defending yourself.