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Indoor Pollution and Your Skin

January 25, 2018

How to protect our skin and our health from indoor pollution? It is estimated that 66% of the world’s population will live in cities by 2020. Along with exposure to outdoor air pollutants we are now spending up to 80% of our time indoors. Approximately 30% of us are concerned and have stress about the effects of this on our health and our skin. Our urban dweller lifestyle has an impact on our work, eating, exercise and sleep habits. Being hyper connected means we can be early adopters of new information and we can act on it much faster.  Although we thrive on this fast paced, multi-tasking environment it can lead to pre mature aging and even illnesses.

Indoor pollution now poses very real pressures on our health and wellbeing. We are spending more and more of our time indoors. Things like blue light exposure from digital devices, television, and computers that penetrate the entire depth of the skin and can cause similar damage as that caused by UV light. Blue light also leads to sleep deprivation and cortisol production; the effects can clearly be seen on the skin. Think blotchy, dull, city grey, inflamed, oily, loss of elasticity, hyper-pigmentation, lines and wrinkles.

* By the way we need UV light for the production and synthesis of vitamin D (actually a hormone that is produced by the skin).

Gases and natural by products from heating and cooling, building materials, energy efficient buildings, glues, carpets, plastics all negatively affect our brain and our body and our skin. To combat some of these toxic substances we will need to look intentionally spending time outdoors in nature, using more plants indoors that are natural air cleaners and products that clean and protect our skin from these Nano particles that imbed into our skin and trigger dehydration, inflammation, breakouts, pollution spots (like a freckle or age spot), melasma as well as lines and wrinkles.  Your skin will demand a personalized anti-dote to correct, combat and recharge stress and its related signs for your busy days ahead.

 


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