Environmental stress, external aggressions and pollution: what does our skin daily face and how to protect it?

Environmental stress, external aggressions and pollution: what does our skin daily face and how to protect it?

Did you know that our skin is the most important human organ? Indeed, among its numerous daily missions, the skin is an essential barrier for our organism thanks to its shield effect against the external environment.


Environmental stress & daily aggressions

Nowadays, climate changes and environmental insecurity impose new challenges to our skin. It becomes more and more important each day as the external aggressions are growing:  extreme climatic conditions, environmental unpredictable changes, increase of temperatures, urban and even rural pollution, natural or technological light radiations, cigarette or industrial smoke, thermic aggressions coming from air conditioning or heating

As many environmental stressors our skin has daily to cope with to protect our organism.


Pollution and its effects on our skin

Pollution is also the origin of new biological reactions our cutaneous immune system is not prepared to deal with. More and more skin reactions and sensitivities are observed, embodying the way our body is facing a stressful environment. The WTO recently qualified pollution as the most important sanitary and environmental risk worldwide. Thus, this is urgent to wonder about the direct impact of pollution on our skin and organism.

To begin with, pollution deprives the skin from oxygen, drying the lipids naturally present in the skin. This leads to a lack of elasticity and hydration and accelerates the skin aging process.

Then, the ozone – one of the most important atmospheric pollutants – is responsible for the disappearance of Vitamin E in our skin. Vitamin E preserves cellules ’youth, helps the epidermis to stay supple and protects that way the skin from the aging process.

Some of the particles present in the air (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, heavy metals…) are so small that they can penetrate the under layers of the skin. Inside, they disintegrate collagen and elastin, sensitize the hydrolipidic barrier and release free radicals responsible for the oxidative stress. Our cells are damaged and so their ability to produce what our organism needs to be protected against bacteria and virus. A multiple and long exposure to these aggressions can have deep negative impacts and lead to some cutaneous issues such as: hyperpigmentation, age spots, dull skin tone and dehydration. Or even to a sensitive skin and reactions as eczema, psoriasis and acne. Today, 50% of the population is concerned by sensitive skin issues with symptoms as: discomfort, irritations, redness, stinging


Climate change and environmental insecurities effects on the skin

More than external aggressions and a growing atmospheric pollution level, we currently evolve in a constantly mutating environment. We switch from a heated room to winter season temperatures, from an air conditioning room to summer season hot temperatures and climate disruptions are still increasing. The Worldwide Meteorological Organization forecast for future years, as many heatwaves as polar cold episodes. The gulf stream, normally separating the cold air coming from the Arctic and North Pole and the hot air coming from the North hemisphere, is completely disturbed, which disrupted the weather we were used to from years. Extreme meteorological phenomenon will be increasingly important and intense: humidity, dryness, urban heat waves, violent winds… All these climate changes our body is not prepared to.   

Our skin, the first touch point with this environment, will suffer from these extreme changes and its whole classic system will have to adapt and to be modified leading to discomfort sensations and important cutaneous reactions. For instance, a dry air would amplify the epidermis desquamation process and the skin dehydration. Extremely cold temperatures would reduce the sebaceous glands secretion, which would lead to skin dryness as the hydrolipidic film would not be formed anymore. On the contrary, humidity and extreme heats would increase the production of suboral glands producing more sweat. Skin would be clammy and shiny and victim of acne or rosacea. Wind would also have a drying and dehydrating action as it alters the hydrolipidic film and cause an increase of water loss. It would bring dusts with bacteria and our cutaneous flora would have to eliminate them.

To conclude, this is highly important and even crucial to wonder about the treatment and protection of every skins. All the more so as skin faces an environment constantly evolving. It becomes essential to bring external help to the skin thanks to adapted cosmetic cares.


What about anti-pollution cosmetics?

These last years, the demand for anti-pollution cosmetics has been booming. Anti-pollution cosmetics are usually cosmetics formulated with active ingredients as plant extracts, vitamins or even antioxidant cocktails. These active ingredients are able to create a barrier between the skin and the external pollutants, preventing them from interacting and penetrating more deeply into the skin.


CEBELIA: a more global answer thanks to a biotechnological moss

At CEBELIA, we chose to add one of these anti-pollution active ingredients to our new Comfort Cream formula. But more than this, we also looked for an active ingredient able to reinforce our skin ability to adapt to extreme environmental conditions and changes. We believe this is crucial to help our cells to adapt.

Thus, we worked on a highly resistant vegetal active ingredient: Physcomitrella Patens Moss. This moss belongs to the first to be adapted to earth life, existing for 450 million years and growing in extreme conditions and climate; it developed a strong resistance capacity. This is why we selected this moss: it absorbs air pollutants, restructures the nucleus pore system and maintains an effective transport between cells. It guarantees the good circulation between cells which is a proof of good adaptation to the environment and its changes. Indeed, cells circulation is essential to allow the skin to manage unpredictable climate changes as temperatures variations. This moss also preserves the dermis collagen network despite the climate stress. It also decreases skin water loss, significantly improving cutaneous hydration.




Our new Comfort Cream brings Balance & Vitality to your skin, creates a protective barrier and makes the skin stronger towards a constantly evolving external environment.  

These are the reasons why we chose to add this active ingredient to our face and neck cream, in addition to the following active ingredients:

-       Natural oils complex(sweet almond oil, olive oil, coconut oil) and beeswax to restore the lipidic barrier, prevent skin from dehydration and sooth redness and irritations;

-       Soothing allantoïn to reduce discomfort sensations;

-       Glycerin to regulate skin hydration level.


Our new Comfort Cream improves your skin’s tolerance and resistance

After a daily use of our Comfort Cream on your face, neck and décolleté, your cutaneous barrier is strengthened and protected, your skin is well hydrated, less sensitive and reactive, suppler and stronger. Your skin tone is homogenous.


Usage test conducted on 20 women between 18 and 65 years old with application of CEBELIA Comfort Cream twice a day on the neck, on winter and during 28 days.

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