Is Pollution Harming Your Skin? Ask Dr. Thornfeldt, Creator of Epionce

It is widely known that UV exposure accelerates wrinkles, sagging skin, and the worst outcome: skin cancer. But did you know that pollution is also a factor when it comes to your outside complexion? Award-winning researcher and clinical dermatologist Dr. Carl Thornfeldt, Founder of Epionce is a master in this field. “The skin barrier not only provides a protective function, but it regulates total function of the skin” he says.

Here are Dr. Thornfeldt’s Epionce product recommendations to defend your skin from environmental aggressors and answers to my top three questions:

Intense Defense Serum is a clinically proven anti-aging multivitamin serum for the skin containing vitamins A, B, C, D, and E in a cosmetically elegant, stable formula. 

Combining Renewal Facial Lotion and Lytic TX helps reduce the visible appearance of skin aging, cleans out pores and helps smooth skin contour.

Daily Shield Lotion Tinted SPF 50 helps protect from UV damage and other environmental factors that can compromise the skin and lead to the visible appearance of skin aging.

What is the minimum amount of SPF we should use daily if we are going outside? Does it matter if we are inside all day? 

UV rays still come through windows, so a broad spectrum SPF of at least 30 should be worn daily regardless of being inside.

Do you recommend reapplying Facial Lotion or Serum throughout the day to combat pollution? 

I recommend morning and night application of an Epionce Renewal facial product (Renewal Lite Lotion, Renewal Lotion, Renewal Facial Cream or Intensive Nourishing Cream) plus Intense Defense Serum. While an additional application in the middle of the day could bring enhanced benefit, it is not practical for most people.

Any other piece of advice for protecting the skin barrier? 

In addition to daily use of barrier boosting skin care, avoid skin care products that damage the barrier (harsh cleansers and topical products), and eat an anti-inflammatory diet. Inflammation triggers barrier damage so reducing inflammation in the body and in the skin is important.

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