So first, the bad news. It turns out that air pollution may be a primary cause of premature skin aging, including wrinkles, discoloration and dryness. A recent study in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology linked the formation of dark spots —known as lentigenes—with traffic-related air pollution.
A little more bad news. A new study out of Boulder, Colorado reports that chemical emissions from personal care products are contributing to air pollution. In fact, during rush hour, the emissions from toxic personal care products were found to be comparable to emissions from automobiles.
“We detected a pattern of emissions that coincides with human activity: people apply these products in the morning, leave their homes, and drive to work or school. So emissions spike during commuting hours,” explained lead study author and CIRES scientist, Matthew Coggon.
(Crazy, we know.)
Now for the good news. You use OSEA, which is made of active botanicals, seaweed and pure essential oils! This means: 1. you don’t contribute to chemical emissions from your skincare (yes, you can feel good about yourself now) and 2. you use products that will serve as a protective barrier from the elements.
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 visible damage from environmental aggressors. These environmental aggressors can include extreme dry climates, wind and you guessed it -- air pollution.
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 New York Times 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, naturally rich in essential fatty acids, phytosterols, vitamin E, D and provitamin A, is an excellent skin conditioning agent for harsh climates and for after-sun care
- Macadamia Oil, one of the highest sources of essential fatty acids, protects skin, deeply hydrates skin and visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Organic Algae minimizes dehydration and reinforces the appearance of a healthy, balanced, moisture-rich complexion
- Avocado Oil firms skin and helps diminish the appearance of wrinkles. Rich in vitamin E
Start your mornings with a layer of Atmosphere Protection Cream and a layer of your favorite natural sunscreen on top. Finish with a hat and sunglasses and et voilà -- you’ve done your skin a favor by protecting it from both sun exposure and environmental stressors.
And if you already have dark spots, not to worry. Here’s a bright idea: try our collection of brightening products to naturally even skin tone, reduce the appearance of dark spots and enhance your complexion.