Did you know that 90% of visible aging is caused by environmental damage? UV rays aren’t the only cause, so sunscreen alone isn’t enough to protect skin from damage. Ozone (O3) pollution has been found to contribute to signs of premature aging, but unlike UV rays that are only a threat when the sun is out, pollution surrounds us 24-7.
What is Ozone Pollution?
Ground level ozone is created when sunlight reacts with chemicals in the air—and this ozone has been found to have negative effects on the skin.
The Effects of Ozone Pollution on the Skin
Ozone pollution depletes the skin’s natural antioxidants and damages the lipids necessary for optimal skin function. Over time, this can lead to signs of aging like wrinkles and sagging. Excess oil, rough texture and sensitivity can result from ozone pollution exposure, as well.
How to Prevent Pollution-Induced Damage
Free radicals are the root cause of skin damage caused by pollution, and neutralizing them is key for preventing visible signs of premature aging. Topical antioxidants have been shown to help minimize free-radical damage before it takes a toll on the skin’s collagen—in turn reducing the impact that ozone pollution has on the skin.
Which Antioxidant is Best?
In a new groundbreaking study, SkinCeuticals has tested its antioxidants on skin exposed to ozone pollution. SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF and SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic have been found to effectively neutralize the free radicals generated by ground level ozone, in turn protecting the skin against collagen damage, lipid depletion and increased sensitivity. SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic is recommended for normal and dry skin, while Phloretin CF is ideal for normal, combination and oily skin.