Do you notice your skin is dehydrated? More irritated? Premature wrinkles and darkspots? Do you live in the city?
If your answer is YES there is a cause you still do not know. These symptoms are potential signs of premature ageing.
Your skin has to defend itself from an arsenal of “invisible” enemies daily. Continuous aggression that day after day affect our face. They cause 80% of the signs of ageing.
If you don’t have the correct weapons to face them then appears dehydration, premature ageing, dryness, irritation… Know your enemies and bring out the city girl you have inside with the help of your allies in anti-pollution cosmetics.
ENEMY No 1 AIR POLLUTION
One of the greatest enemies that urban skin has to suffer daily.
The skin suffers enormously from the exposure to the bad quality of the air: the superficial ozone O3, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur oxide, cigarette smoke… Of these pollutants the greatest menace for the skin are the PM2.5 particles in suspension due to their size (20 times smaller than the human pores). The skin works like a magnet for these particles that easily penetrate to the deepest layers, weakening the skin, the barrier function is damaged, the pores are obstructed and literally it suffocates. Suffocated skin is incapable of regenerating itself.
ENEMY No 2 SOLAR POLLUTION
ULTRAVIOLET, UVA, UVB, INFRARED and VISIBLE LIGHT
Visible or invisible we expose ourselves to solar rays the whole day long, mainly in the outside, although some of them can go through windows.
Although they are essential for the correct functioning of the body, their harmful effects are also important.
The energy transported by the UV is capable of generating free radicals at the heart of the tissues and the cells, which attack several cellular components such as lipids, proteins and the DNA.
ENEMY No 3 DOMESTIC POLLUTION
We also have to protect ourselves indoors as we spend 80% of our time in closed spaces. Pollution is not just an exterior phenomenon, it is anywhere, every time we open the windows or doors the pollution enters our homes and accumulates, mixing itself with other polluting particles that are emitted by heating systems, wall paints or cleaning products.
Similar in composition to the exterior pollution (fine particles, heavy metals, VOCs…), domestic pollution comes both from sources of heat and air-conditioning and from building and decorating materials (paints, furniture…) or even cleaning and hygiene products (sulphates, shampoo, detergents…), strongly delipidising and irritating, they weaken the skin barrier, increasing the risks of penetration of other types of pollutants such as PM 2.5 in the skin.
ENEMY No 4 DIGITAL POLLUTION
A new invisible enemy for the skin has sneaked into our lives.
From the computer to the mobile phone and from the mobile phone to the tablet. Most of us look at our mobile phones around 150 times a day.
6 hours a day, is the average time we spend in front of a led screen. This regular and prolonged exposure to the blue light is a risk for our vision, our sleep and also our skin.
If the skin is not protected with the right products the blue light that these devices emit, as well as the air pollution by PM 2.5, can penetrate our skin and make the levels of collagen and suppleness descend rapidly.
What is blue light?
Blue light is part of the solar spectrum. Its short wavelength, situated between 380 and 500 nm, projects a large amount of energy that, although in part is beneficial for our body, can be damaging. Not only is it emitted by the sun, but also by a great number of artificial light sources such as computer screens, smartphones, tablets, televisions and LEDs lamps.
Only a small part of the blue light is potentially dangerous. Specifically the one that contains blue-violet wavelengths.
How does it affect us?
The skin becomes more dull, less homogeneous, redness appears and hyperpigmentation is generated even in high phototypes.
Contrary to UV radiation, which can produce a fast solar burn and its consequences on the skin are immediately visible, the aggression produced by the blue light is not instantaneous, it is generated progressively. It is by exposing ourselves regularly for a number of years that the hyperpigmentation is produced and wrinkles appear.