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The Effects of Poor Air Quality on Your Skin

A collage of 5 people with healthy skin

Air pollution and its effects on the human body has been an issue for years and unfortunately continues to grow. We know that pollution affects our health, but we may not be as well informed on how these pollutants affect our skin. There are a multitude of pollutants that surround us both inside and outside, but the most common are volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and particulate matter. According to the EPA, VOCs consist of a variety of chemicals and gases including formaldehyde, acetone, and ethanol. The EPA defines particulate matter as a mixture of solid particles and liquid droplets found in the air. When these pollutants come into contact with skin, they cause damage by triggering oxidative stress.

According to Medical News Today, oxidative stress is defined as an imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants in the body, which can lead to cell and tissue damage, accelerate the aging process and can contribute to the development of other conditions. The main objective of our skin it to act as a barrier of protection, and as our largest organ, it’s imperative that we protect it by limiting exposure to harmful elements.

There are many (sometimes costly) precautions taken in protecting our skin and in the fight against Father Time. Whether you’re lathering yourself in sunscreen or purchasing the latest anti-aging serum, what may not have crossed your mind is the air that is constantly surrounding you and the pollutants within it. These pollutants land on your skin and begin to break down the skin’s protein, resulting in skin to age prematurely. While the battle against aging skin ranges in importance from individual to individual, the fight in preventing serious health conditions is a concern we can all agree on. The unavoidable contact of VOC’s and skin have been linked to chronic skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis and can result in the developing of headaches, dizziness, nausea and vomiting.

Arming your home with an air purifier provides you and your family an added level of protection against pollutants. Winix has taken these concerns into account and offers air purifiers that safeguard your skin. All Winix air purifiers are equipped with True HEPA filters that capture particulate matter. Furthermore, every Winix air purifier is outfitted with either an Activated Carbon Filter, Washable AOCTM Carbon Filter, or a Coated DeOdorization (CD) Carbon Filter; all of which are constructed to trap VOC’s.

While pollution exists both indoors and outdoors and is impossible to remove completely, taking action with an air purifier further protects your skin, health, and family.