WHAT IS A BIGGER CULPRIT IN AGING THE SUN OR POLLUTION ?
Surprisingly pollution is just as bad ! "While we don't know exactly how much pollution exposure is necessary for damage to occur, in a study in Chinese women older than 50, there was an increase in spots on the cheeks due to pollution", says Charlotte, NC dermatologist Gilly Munavalli, MD. Pollution damage, also known as particle pollution is a mixture of miniscule particles and liquid drops of soil, chemicals, acids, metals or dust from the environment that penetrate our skin through follicles and pores. "Evidence still points to the sun as the cause of premature aging. However, more studies are looking into the effects of pollution coupled with UV damage as factors for pigmentation", explains Dr. Munavalli. In addition to a daily dose of a SPF look for products with "anti-pollution" elements such as plant extracts, Vitamin C and E that add another layer of protection.
Cheers, Miss Violet