Exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke and smog cause free radicals. This can make pigmentation worse; research shows that faces with uneven skintone look older than those with a few lines and wrinkles.
A study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology showed traffic POLLUTION accounted for up to 20% increase in pigmentation on the forehead and cheeks.
Participants who lived in more traffic-heavy areas were worst affected.
So what’s the solution? The answer is simple, advise them to use antioxidants.
Antioxidants defend against environmental aggressors by ‘mopping up’ free radicals. “They will probably turn out to be the real difference between really excellent skin treatments and the mediocre ones”, says Dr Ernst Eiselen, medical advisor for Environ®. Environ® Founder Dr Des Fernandes, also advocates the use of antioxidants. “One needs to address the chemical pollution which may have caused free radical damage”, he says. “This is where antioxidant creams containing free radical scavengers like vitamin C, E, beta carotene, the bio-flavonoids and alpha lipoic acid come in.” As inflammation starts from within, antioxidants should also be taken internally. Advise your clients to take them in supplement form and to eat brightly coloured fruit and vegetables.