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Pollution vs. UV: How To Defend + Detox Skin

Pollution vs. UV: How To Defend + Detox Skin

There are many different factors that contribute to aging skin: free radicals, poor nutrition, stress, smoking, genetics and more. However, there are two factors that stand out: pollution and UV exposure. Both contribute to an aging complexion in addition to some serious health concerns. Learn how to defend and detox skin now.

the dangers of UV exposure

There is nothing safe about getting a tan. Repeated UV exposure breaks down collagen and stunts new collagen synthesis. This leads to sagging skin, wrinkles and fine lines. Not to mention the fact that UVA and UVB rays trigger excess melanin production, which also results in hyperpigmentation.

In addition to causing premature age signs on your skin, UV exposure leaves you vulnerable to cancer and other skin disorders.

the problem with pollution

Most of us face pollution every single day – from car exhaust, smoke, ozone, and smog. These unavoidable factors are known to speed up aging, skin dehydration and irritation (1). In fact, recent dermatological studies directly connect pollution with increased dark spots, nasolabial folds (smile lines), and significant loss of hydration (2). It has also been shown than pollution is one of the major drivers of hyperpigmentation (dark spots) on the cheeks (1).

The World Health Organization just announced that a whopping 92% of the world's population is breathing polluted air and live in an area where outdoor air quality fails to meet their guidelines for safety (3).

You need pollution protection in today's world to keep your skin young and healthy. Keep reading to see how to defend and detox skin against both pollution and UV damage.

how to defend and detox your skin at home

Remineralist Daily Moisture

This daily moisturizer is cutting edge in pollution protection. Pollution robs the skin of much needed minerals, so it's crucial to replenish and protect. Remineralist Daily Moisture works to replenish copper, iron, manganese, selenium and zinc to achieve the equilibrium of young skin. The infusion of sea salt and red algae help defend and detox skin.

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Urban Undo Cleanser

This deep-purging cleanser features kaolin + bentonite clays to wash away pollution, sebum and makeup from the skin as they bind to and absorb excess oil and dirt. Plus, copper-rich malachite helps to inhibit the damage of urban dust from pollution on the skin, as well as neutralize everyday skin-aging oxidative stress.

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Plump Start

Common stressors, like pollution, UV exposure, stress, and more all lead to free radical build up, which then causes premature aging. Protect against free radical damage with Plump Start. This plum infused concentrate uses high levels of antioxidants to scavenge free radicals from 70-85% (4). It also delivers a continuous veil of hydration for instant fullness & long-term improvement of lines.

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Detox skin by purging pores of impurities with fan-favorite Kerafole. This 10-minute tingling face mask uses natural exfoliators to purge deep into pores to reveal skin that is brighter, smoother and stronger. You can also perform the Kerafole Purge to give sluggish, congested skin an extra push.

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Broad Spectrum Sunscreens

Considering 2/3 of all sun exposure is incidental, it's crucial to always wear a broad spectrum sunscreen, even if you don't plan on spending time outside. Just be sure to stick with a broad spectrum sunscreen to block both UVA and UVB rays.

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If you have any questions about how to defend and detox skin, leave a comment below. We're here to help!

  1. Source: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
  2. Source: Dermatology Times
  3. Source: The World Health Organization
  4. Source: Based on wild plum in-vitro testing

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