Stress is a part of everyday life in the city. In addition, there is smog, dry air, and on hot days, merciless sun. Unfortunately, our skin doesn’t like it. Scientists who develop new formulas of cosmetics that can reduce the effects of urban stress know this well.
Smog, dust, air conditioning, constant rush and nerves – city dwellers’ skin is exposed to many unfavorable factors that disturb its functioning, prematurely causing wrinkles. It is true that the rate of skin aging is determined by genes, but we often – although not always consciously – significantly accelerate this process. Ultraviolet radiation is considered the greatest threat.
The sun is accused of drying and thickening the epidermis, and also causes oxidative stress – it releases free radicals that destroy collagen and elastin fibers and may adversely change the skin’s DNA. And yet, even in the summer, when we are in the city, we do not always use cosmetics with protective filters – as if the sun was less dangerous here than on the beach, although the rays reflected from the walls bombard the skin with increased force.
The pace of city life is also important for beauty, as it often means that we do not have time to prepare a healthy meal, get enough sleep or relax to relieve everyday stress. Additionally, the condition of urbanites’ skin is worsened by increasing environmental pollution with industrial dust and exhaust fumes, which generate free radicals, damage the natural protective barrier of the skin, inhibit the supply of oxygen, cause increased pigmentation and the formation of discolorations, wrinkles, reduce the level of vitamins in the skin, and increase the fragility of blood vessels.
When living in a city, you should take care of your skin carefully and use cosmetics that neutralize environmental threats.
Stress is responsible for poor skin condition
Cortisol, which is secreted in increased amounts in stressful situations, is not neutral to the skin. Research shows that persistently high levels of this hormone sometimes result in exacerbation of psoriasis or eczema. However, when it comes to accelerated skin aging, it is primarily about the so-called Oxidative stress. Its cause are free radicals, produced, among others, by: under the influence of UV rays, polluted air, tobacco smoke, but also stress caused by a nervous lifestyle.
Free radicals damage cell membranes, destroy collagen and elastin, and cause new wrinkles. Cosmetics with antioxidants can stop this destructive activity. Vitamin C fights free radicals best – especially in combination with vitamin E, flavonoids, coenzyme Q10, and beta-carotene. Vitamin PP has a positive antioxidant and brightening effect and has a beneficial effect on the skin’s protective barrier against environmental pollution. You will find them in many cosmetics – intended for skin cleansing, creams, masks.
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