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Air Pollution Linked to Dark Spots & Signs of Aging

air pollutionEeek! A recent study in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology linked the formation of dark spots —known as lentigenes—with traffic-related air pollution.

This is certainly not the first time air pollution has been linked to signs of aging. OSEA Founder Jenefer Palmer formulated Atmosphere Protection Cream with the belief that a moisturizer should not only protect your skin from dehydration, but should also provide invisible barrier protection against damage from environmental aggressors.

These environmental aggressors can include extreme dry climates, wind, and — as this recent study shows — even air pollution.

10 Facts About Lentigenes

  1. They are known as liver spots.
  2. They are small, darkened areas of the skin
  3. They may enlarge, and separate patches may emerge.
  4. Commonly found on the face, forearms, hands and upper trunk
  5. Normally a brown color, sometimes yellow-tan to black
  6. More common in light-skinned individuals
  7. In the United States, solar lentigenes are noted in 90% of Caucasians older than 60; 20% in those younger than 35.
  8. They may contain an increased number of the melanin-forming cells of the skin (melanoc­ytes)
  9. They are generally benign.
  10. Some forms may be pre-cancerous.

You can learn more here about this recent study which is being hailed as “the largest epidemio­logical study demonstrating a link between traffic-related air pollution and the formation of lentigenes.”  Read on >

Scientists are still uncovering how toxic air affects the skin’s aging process. Dr. Giuseppe Valacchi, an associate professor in physiology at the Department of Life Sciences and Biotechnology at the University of Ferrara in Italy, believes that pervasive atmospheric elements including Ozone (the toxic gas formed when UV light hits mono-nitrogen oxides) are among the primary causes of pollution-related skin damage.

We are continuously exposed to ozone, according to Dr. Valacchi who was recently quoted in the NYTimes article “What’s All the Fuss About Pollution-Fighting Skincare“, saying, “It’s as if ozone were designed specifically to injure our skin.”

So, how can a moisturizer protect your skin from signs of aging caused by air pollution?

The active natural ingredients in Atmosphere Protection Cream create an invisible barrier between your skin and the elements.

  • Shea Butter reduces the appearance of scars and provides barrier protection from trans-epidermal water loss
  • Macadamia Oil, one of the highest sources of essential fatty acids, protects skin just like human sebum  
  • Organic Algae minimizes dehydration and creates a protein barrier between your skin and the harsh elements
  • Vitamin E strengthens collagen fibers and boosts elasticity

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