Skip Nav
Kylie Jenner
Kylie Jenner Regrammed the Makeup Artist Who Threatened to Sue Her For Copyright Infringement
Beauty Trends
Fight Evil by Moonlight and Win Love by Daylight With Sailor Moon Eyeliner
Celebrity Hair
Celebrity Winter Beauty Looks From Sundance That You'll Want to Re-Create ASAP

Traffic Pollution Can Cause the Skin to Age

Traffic-Related Pollution Can Cause the Skin to Age

One of the beauty risks associated with driving is that the sun's UVA/UVB rays are still beating down on you; hence, the need for SPF (particularly on the left-side "driving arm"). And now, you can add air pollution to the list, as a recent study performed by German scientists proved that exposure to traffic-related air pollution over time can be linked to skin aging.

Carbon particles, along with polyaromatic hydrocarbons (byproducts of burning fuel), are the main culprits. Both are released as a result of traffic pollution, and both, thanks to the way they just happen to bind with the skin, cause aging. In fact, the study, which was published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, found that the more airborne particles around, the more age spots appeared.

While we can rely on sunscreen to keep us shielded from sun-related skin damage, scientists are still working on ways to protect us from pollutants by blocking them from penetrating the skin. Until then, I'll be riding my bike more often.

Image Source: Thinkstock
Around The Web
Join The Conversation
bryseana bryseana 6 years
If you keep your car windows rolled up, pollution shouldn't cause damage to skin. I know the car window protects from UVB but not UVA rays.
Moms You Meet at Kids' Birthday Parties
What to Do at Indoor Playdates
Photos You Shouldn't Post of Kids on Facebook
Winter Pregnancy Survival Tips
Common Signs of ADD/ADHD
Careers For People Who Love Food
Pretty Girl Names

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Beauty
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds