If this week's news that many Americans are breathing in highly polluted air each and every day had you rethinking your usual noon run around downtown (the cars, buses and smog—ick!), take heart. New fascinating research shows that your skin is doing its part for the environment. In fact, it's helping to remove indoor pollutants from the air!
According to a study in Environmental Science & Technology, as the outer layer of our skin naturally is replaced every two to four weeks, with it goes ozone. Researchers report that there are actually substances in our skin's oil that help to remove ozone from indoor air. Ozone is a major component of smog, and exposure to it has been linked with a number of health problems, including lung problems, asthma, heart attacks, and even death.
The only downside to this research? The natural flaking of the skin does result in indoor dust, and scientists aren't sure if these flakes interacting with the ozone could cause other effects. So, more research is necessary, but talk about another way that the human body is amazing!
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.