Does Anti-Pollution Skin Care Work? What Experts Say:

Does Anti-Pollution Skin Care Work? What Experts Say:

It's a nice idea, but its not a regulated term.  here's what you need to know about anti-pollution beauty products.  By Fani Mari 02/11/2020 05:45a.m. EST

"We need to use stable products with efficacious concentration of anti-pollution ingredients," said Vicky Vega, a skin biologist and founder of the company FlawlessCanvas.  "Most of us already use antioxidants that also protect against pollutants.  Antioxidants such as vitamin C and E ... are great ingredients to combat free radicals produced by pollutants," Vega told HuffPost.

What is anti-pollution skin care?

If you live in a city, you’re likely exposed to all types of pollution ― free radicals, UV exposure, exhaust fumes, subway emissions and even the blue light from our screens are all part of the problem. Unless you can move to a mountain with cleaner air, you may be tempted by the idea of anti-pollution skin care.

Brands claim that anti-pollution skin care will protect your skin from damage due to environmental factors and fight against saggy, lackluster, dull, inflamed and prematurely aged skin. But here’s the problem: “Anti-pollution” isn’t a regulated term because non-prescription products can’t be considered a drug. That means brands have no legal obligation to follow any rules and they can mark a product as they wish when it comes to anti-pollution.

“The law nor the FDA regulations require specific tests to demonstrate the safety of individual products or ingredients,” said Lana Kashlan, an American board certified consultant dermatologist and medical director at CosmeSurge Dubai Marina. Kashlan stressed the importance of doing your research before buying in a brand or product. “Our skin is bombarded by the air, water and sunshine, and we have strong evidence that these elements contribute to extrinsic aging of the skin, wrinkles, pigmentation, urticaria (hives) and even eczema,” she said.