Environmental effects of pollution, sun and blue light on skin

September 18 2017 – Cassandra Hilton

Environmental effects of pollution, sun and blue light on skin
Environmental effects of pollution, sun and blue light on skin

Atmospheric ageing is the biggest cause of accelerated skin damage in today’s modern world. From UV damage to ozone pollution, there are an abundance of factors, which can contribute to increased levels of oxidative stress damage to the skin. The good news is, there are steps you can take to minimise the effects of atmospheric aging on the skin and increase the skins defense against environmental assaults.

UV radiation is one of the primary causes of atmospheric skin aging, accounting for up to 90% of visible skin ageing. UV-A rays penetrate the dermis where they upregulate enzymes that are responsible for the deterioration of both collagen and elastin, as well as other components of the dermal extracellular matrix. Both UV-A and UV-B radiation produces free radicals that generate oxidative stress leading to damage of the skins key structural proteins, lipids and DNA repair enzymes.

Vitamin C is a multi-functional antioxidant that protects against DNA damage and pigmentation caused by UV exposure, while also calming the skin’s inflammatory response following UV damage. This intelligent ingredient amplifies the skin’s production of collagen and prevents collagen degradation to increase the skin’s integrity against the damaging effects of oxidative stress.

Pollution is becoming an increasingly problematic factor in atmospheric aging. Urbanisation has resulted in many forms of skin-damaging pollutants that when combined with increasing environmental temperatures and UV radiation cause a destructive combination in accelerating skin damage.

Pollution particles, such as smoke, soot, acids and emissions consist of particle sizes up to 20 times smaller than pores, allowing them to infiltrate into deeper layers of the epidermis, causing not only inflammation and dehydration, but also a cellular-level reaction that leads to lost elasticity and firmness due to the breakdown of collagen and the lipid layer in the skin.

In order to prevent your skin falling victim to pollutant-induced atmospheric aging, it’s crucial to provide your skin with the necessary antioxidants and anti-pollution skincare to protect itself and repair any damage. 


Metamorphis Multi-Vitamin Cream is a complex blend of several antioxidants and botanical compounds that culminate to amplify your skin’s defence against atmospheric damage.