Pollution in the air may be waging war on your skin. A recent study looked at 2000 women who had lived in more heavily polluted areas. Over the course of 30 years, these women had increased pigmentation on their cheeks and more wrinkles on their skin compared to women who lived in more rural areas. Pollution, sun exposure, cold and wind can cause more stress to the skin which can lead to premature aging. This is due to the development of free radicals in the skin which can lead to damage to collagen and other structural proteins. Antioxidants may help. Although antioxidants are present in many foods, a recent study showed that they can’t reach the skin in sufficient quantity to have much of an effect. Applying them directly to the skin may be a better alternative. Call our office for more information regarding high quality antioxidant creams and solutions.