Exposure to ozone pollution zaps our collagen supply, according to new research from SkinCeuticals in partnership with Professor Giuseppe Valacchi from the University of Ferrara, Italy.
After exposure to 0.8ppm ozone, collagen was reduced on live skin, the study showed. In addition, ozone pollution oxidizes lipids and depletes skin's natural antioxidant reservoir, triggering a progressive cascade of damage that may contribute to signs of skin aging.
The findings are slated to be published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.
SkinCeuticals worked with Dr. Valacchi to help combat the effects of ozone on skin. Together they found that application of SkinCeuticals antioxidants C E Ferulic® and Phloretin CF® significantly reduced the damage caused by ozone exposure by neutralizing free radicals on the upper layer of the skin. Moreover, an increase in HNE (proteins that mark lipid oxidation) levels and activation of the NfKB (sensitization markers) pathway were also studied when skin was exposed to 0.8ppm ozone. When C E Ferulic or Phloretin CF were applied, these markers were significantly reduced.
Antioxidants are just one part of a comprehensive Prevent + Protect regimen. In order to protect skin against the full spectrum of environmental threats, a sunscreen is crucial, as well. When used together, SkinCeuticals antioxidants and broad-spectrum sunscreens provide a complimentary approach against visible aging caused by UVA/UVB rays, IR-A, and ozone pollution exposure.Next Story