Updated: Apr 5, 2020

Excessively polluted, toxic air has a great impact on human health and our skin. Get familiar with this term–urban dust. Urban dust is the atmospheric particulate matter collected in an area (see Urban Dust Culprits) which can travel by air across the globe, affecting areas thousands of miles away. Urban dust isn’t just a big city problem. The term "urban" here refers to any modern, industrialized area such as cities, suburbs, small towns or farms—any place where there are cars, roads, buildings and industry. Air quality is affected by a complex mix of factors, both natural and man–made. These urban dust particles are incredibly small, 30 times smaller than a human hair. In fact, several thousands of them could fit on the period on the end of this sentence.

Pollution’s impact can be observed at the skin surface. It is shown to cause an inflammatory cascade, resulting in environmentally stressed skin and premature aging. You’ll see this cellular intoxication identify as pigmented spots, excess oil, sensitivity, dehydration, breakouts, lines and wrinkles.

Here’s how to treat pollution-induced damage at home and in the treatment room, and help break the toxifying cycle of day-in, day-out pollution exposure

1. Malachite extract. This copper-rich pollution magnet and heavy metal scavenger helps neutralize everyday skin-aging oxidative stress. You can find this in our VITAL-C OVERNIGHT HYDRATING MASQUE