The Exposome: How pollutants affect our skin (and how you can keep it healthy)


The exposome. We get it, it sounds like a new sci-fi thriller or an underworld monster from Netflix's Stranger Things. Don't worry, it's nothing to be scared of. 

In simple terms, (1) the 'exposome' refers to the social and environmental factors a person is exposed to from the moment they are born until they die. These include nutrition, pollution, UV radiation, virus, bacteria and more. Understandably, all these factors have an impact on the health of our skin. Those of us who live in cities with a high pollution index might experience dryer skin with more breakouts than those who live in more rural areas. (2)It is also believed by scientists that these exposome factors have been identified to speed up the skin ageing process. So what can we do about it? 

(3) Our skin acts as a natural shield against pro-oxidative chemicals and physical air pollutants that we are exposed to in everyday life. But (4) prolonged or repetitive exposure to high levels of these pollutants can have profoundly negative effects on the skin, including premature ageing and an increase in the incidence of psoriasis, acne and skin cancers. It can also worsen allergic skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis and eczema.

Once our skin's protective barrier is compromised by pollutants, lipids and collagen (responsible for giving our skin hydration and a glorious skin glow) start to break down and the complexion of the skin starts to suffer. This causes an increase in dry patches, spots and an overall lack of glow. This is where Clinisoothe+ Skin Purifier comes in, your shortcut to healthy skin and antimicrobial protection from the exposome.

Speaking for Harper's Bazaar, Dior's Scientific Director said in order to protect your skin from pollutants 'you need a product that reinforces the skin's ability to regenerate and eliminate toxins and also blocks the entry of the particle in the first place by creating a protective layer on the skin.' Our answer? Clinisoothe+. 

Clinisoothe+ actively combats the effects of the exposome on the skin. Our product is clinically proven to reduce redness, soothe skin, calm breakouts and provide cleansing antimicrobial protection from pollutants and harsh contaminants. 

Try Clinisoothe+ Skin Purifier, a gentle product to add to your skincare routine. Simply spritz your skin after cleansing and allow the product to soothe redness or irritation.

Clinisoothe+ Skin Purifier  £14.95/100ml

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(1) CDC