More and more companies advertise solutions with new ingredients that are being touted as a revolution to fully protect our largest organ against air pollution and many “old familiar” ingredients are suddenly taking on new functions in this regard. This inevitably raises the questions how can anti-pollution claims be justified and secured with today´s technology? What do test strategies for anti-pollution formulations look like in this respect?
An increasing number of publications refer to the harmful effects of air pollution on the human’s largest and most versatile organ, the skin. Our skin is the outermost interface between the inside of the body and the environment and is often exposed to pollutants as well as other environmental factors like UV-irradiation. What impact a short-term and long-term exposure to pollutants really has on our skin has not yet been conclusively clarified, as there are no convincing long-term studies up to now. However,