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  • Anti-Aging Skin Care Advice: Become a Country Bumpkin

  • Posted by Kristen on September 28, 2010 at 11:35AM
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  • I'm moving. No, really. This beauty gal is packing up and calling it quits on the metropolitan dream. Why am I moving to a desolate small town in the middle of the country, y'all? Because the word on the big city street is that bright lights cause big wrinkles.

  • We all hear pollution is bad for us and are often reminded of that every time we sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic suffocating on exhaust fumes. But news you so often hear never "hits home" until you see direct evidence -- cold hard facts staring you in the face. Well, big city gals, I see the facts staring at me in the mirror every morning, and chances are, you do too.

  • A study recently published in Germany confirmed all my nightmares about calling Los Angeles home (insert other obvious reasons why LA sucks even though it is one of our hottest guy cities here). It found that exposing skin to air pollution may increase the number of red and brown spots on the forehead and cheeks by 20 percent. So yeah, sure it's great to be able to walk ten feet and find a Starbucks, but is living in a sprawling metropolis worth looking 20 percent older than I already am? NO way.

  • The scientists from the study hypothesize that components of pollution found in cities may "directly stimulate proliferation of pigment cells in the skin" from "pollution induced oxidative damage." That is nerd speak for: despite the fact that you slather on sunscreen everyday like it's your job, you'll still get age spots on your face because you live near too many people.

  • Luckily, Dr. Chapas, board certified dermatologist and Assistant Professor of Dermatology at NYU School of Medicine, offered that there is still hope for us urban dwellers. The doc says in order to protect ourselves against pollution-induced pigmentation, we should "add an antioxidant like vitamin C serum" to our skin care routine, which is supposed to "reduce stress and help to lighten pigmentation." Chapas recommends Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Corrector, $49.50 to her patients because it "incorporates antioxidants plus skin lighteners."

  • At least there is some sort of solution. So maybe I won't have to swap my J Brand skinny jeans for overalls and become a farmer in Timbuktu after all … or at least not until I am 20 percent older.

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  • Member Comments

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    • The original study said MORE POLLUTION means an increase in the number of spots on your face. And while it may be instinctive for the author to assume "too many people" is the cause of the pollution, this isn't necessarily true. According to a study in "Environment and Urbanization": "Big cities like New York, London, and Shanghai send less pollution into the atmosphere per capita than places like Denver and Rotterdam, said a study released Tuesday....When researchers looked at cities in Asia, Latin America, and Africa, they found low emissions per person across the board....'This paper reminds us that it is the world's wealthiest cities and their wealthiest inhabitants that cause unsustainable levels of greenhouse gas emissions, not cities in general,' said editor David Satterthwaite, a senior fellow at the International Institute for Environment and Development. 'Most cities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America have low emissions per person. The challenge for them is to keep these emissions low even as their wealth grows.'"

      by LipglossandSpandex Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 12:41AM Report as inappropriate

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