How Pollution Affects Your Skin and What to do About it

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Pollution. One simple word that holds a lot of meaning.

It’s no surprise if smoggy cities and roaring exhaust pipes are the first things that pop into your mind when you hear this term, but have you ever thought about what pollution could be actually doing to your skin? Much like a body of armor, our skin acts as a protective layer to the outside world—helping to keep environmental stressors and pollutants out (most of the time).

Even though the skin’s purpose is to help “protect,” it’s still an organ that soaks up a lot of the outside world. If you don’t take the time to care for it, you’ll start to notice… trust us. So, to help you on your way to clearer, healthier-looking skin, Aloette is breaking down what you need to know about environmental stressors and what key ingredients you should be looking for when it comes to skincare prevention:

Pollution Skincare Concerns to Look For

Fine Lines: Environmental stressors don’t just affect skin at the surface level. Pollution can dive deep into the skin, which often results in potential loss of smoothness and “bounce.” This can lead to age-accelerating impacts like fine lines and wrinkles.

Dark Spots: Sun damage isn’t just sunburn. UVA and UVB rays can result in the appearance of an uneven skin tone, dark spots, and sunspots, especially over time. Wearing sunscreen and applying Vitamin C is a great way to help improve the look of and uneven skin tone and help prevent future sun damage.

Enlarged pores: Pollution is also known to cause pores to appear larger. Not only does this create an uneven appearance, but it can increase the chances of blemishes and congestion since the skin is more “open.”

Ingredients That Can Benefit Your Anti-Pollution Skincare Routine

Green Algae Extract | This ingredient is full of antioxidants to help protect the skin from environmental stressors and restore the look of the complexion. Add a dose of this nutrient-rich extract to your skincare routine with a lightweight cream that helps provide anti-pollution benefits, especially against high-energy visible blue light. Aloette BioDefense is an Environmental Protection Cloud Cream that is packed with Green Algae Extract and other clean ingredients to help replenish the skin while instantly working to hydrate and plump the look of skin.

Lactic Acid |A popular chemical exfoliant, Lactic Acid helps refine the look of pores and exfoliate the skin. Our Pollution Control Environmental Defense Charcoal Mask is formulated with Charcoal, Bentonite and Kaolin Clay to help draw out pore-clogging impurities while helping to reduce the look of shine. You can use this face mask 1-2x a week to help clarify and refine the look of skin after exposure to outside stressors.

Charcoal | This fine powder works like a magnet to help draw impurities out of the skin. As the main ingredient in the Aloette City Detox Environmental Defense Powder Cleanser, Charcoal combines with a Papaya Extract to help refresh the look of dull skin while gently cleansing the day away. Just add a sprinkle of water to the charcoal-infused powder and it instantly transforms into a luxurious cleanser that lathers away dirt, oil and makeup.

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