How Plants Can De-Pollute Our Skin

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Our skin in constantly exposed to pollution, regardless of the season or where you live. Not only can this trigger skin-aging free radicals, but the airborne grime can mix with your skin’s natural oils and cause clogged pores. But the solution, just like the problem, may actually be all around us.

Commonly known as phytoremediation, some 800 different plant species can grow in highly polluted areas and act as virtual cleansers, filtering out pollution and purifying the air. Phytoremediation has been harnessed since the early 20th century and has been used to de-pollute soil and air in at least three continents.

The tulip tree, for example, is one of the plants used to remove air pollution in New York. It traps pollutant particles through a fine film of wax that’s secreted on the leaf surface. These particles accumulate without penetrating, and are then naturally eliminated by rainfall.

Now, companies like Chanel and Kinerase are making use of this science and incorporating filtering plant extracts into skincare products to act in the same manner on the skin as they do in our environment.

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