We all know about the damaging effects UV rays have on our skin, but have you ever considered what pollution is doing to our complexions?
New Scientist has revealed that a staggering nine out of 10 city dwellers are exposed to highly polluted air, according to a new report by the European Commission.
The effects of prolonged exposure to polluted air can cause respiratory and inflammatory problems; but is it time we put pollution on the skincare agenda? ELLEuk.com investigates…
Pollution doesn’t just cause damage to the ozone layer, closer to home it is wreaking havoc with our complexions.
“Pollution is the second most harmful aggression to the skin after the sun,” says Fiona Brackenbury, Director of Training and Education at Decleor.
So what is pollution? Art Pellegrino, Vice President of R&D at Elizabeth Arden explains, “the air surrounding us is polluted mainly by smoke, exhaust gas and particles from cars, industrial emissions, heavy metals (otherwise known as outdoor pollutants) and even emission from simple household chores such as cooking and cleaning (also called indoor pollutants)”.