Pollution: What is it?

The Midwest, especially the Chicago area, has high levels of pollution. Pollution can be anything in the air like smog, cigarette smoke, industrial chemicals and radiation, which can have a profound impact on general health as well as skin health. It can generate excessive amounts of free radicals. Free radicals are highly unstable molecules that can disrupt normal cell function by altering lipids, proteins, and DNA. This can cause sensitivity, inflammation, skin cancer, premature aging, discoloration, dryness, and dullness of the skin. Antioxidants are key in preventing free radical damage. They help neutralize free radicals and prevent cell damage. Incorporating antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables into your diet is important. Protecting your skin with topical antioxidants to combat the effects of environmental pollutants is just as important. Also, incorporating soothing ingredients, such as zinc oxide, Vitamin B3, and bisabolol, can help reduce redness and inflammation.

skinfo® Specialty Skincare Boutique offers a variety of products containing antioxidants as well as environmentally friendly reef-safe sunscreens that are chemical-free: colorescience® Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Face Shield SPF 50 with Enviroscreen™ Technology (1.8 fl oz, $39) is a chemical-free, 12% zinc oxide sunscreen that helps protect against UVA/UVB, pollution, blue light and infrared radiation. COOLA® Mineral Sun Silk Crème (1.5 fl oz, $42) organic sunscreen with SPF 30 is a lightweight mineral sunscreen with 15% non-nano zinc oxide. This sunscreen provides full spectrum 360° protection against UVA/UVB, infrared, blue light and pollution. It’s rich in antioxidants, plant stem cells and niacinamide.

To be more environmentally conscious, skinfo® Specialty Skincare Boutique also offers a recycling program where patients can return 10 empty product containers and receive 10% off their purchase. Visit skinfo.com for more information or call our store at 847-459-2800.

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