When you think of environmental damage to the skin, you most likely will picture the sun or think about air pollutants floating around as you walk outside. While these two definitely contribute to a lot of environmental damage, and certainly are some of the most common factors in your skin’s aging process, many other contributors may float around in your home, your car, your work or school space – basically everywhere. You cannot escape environmental damage, and the effects of it will eventually show up on your skin somewhere down the line – whether through premature aging or graceful aging. A pre-aging plan in recognizing and tackling these factors will help eliminate the damage that shows up years down the road.
These days, dermatologists and uninformed health fanatics give the sun a bad reputation. We see shows featuring doctors that lecture audiences on skin cancer and the necessity – real or imagined – of sun screen. We read magazine articles regarding the subject of the public’s growing concern with skin cancer. We watch commercials that promote sun screens to protect us from the UV rays that reached out to us for thousands of years.