There is a huge buzz in the skincare world right now about pollution.
If you keep up with skincare trends, you’ll have noticed many anti-pollution beauty products hitting the market. But, does pollution actually harm your skin, and do you really need targeted skincare for this issue?
In this week’s blog post, we delve deeper into the topic of skincare and pollution to discover if there is a correlation between the two, or if it’s simply the latest fad in beauty.
What is pollution?
If you travel in any busy town or city, you may notice a hazy grey smoke filling the air. Vehicle exhausts, industrial sites or anywhere burning fossil fuels contributes to air pollution.
Additionally, smog occurs in warm weather, when ultraviolet radiation is enhanced.
How does pollution affect the skin?
Research has implicated that pollution may cause premature ageing as PM2.5 (particle matter which is far smaller than your pores) contributes to inflammation, leading to age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Pollution also contains free radicals – uncharged molecules which look for other electrons in the body, so they can form a pair. This results in cell damage, including damage to collagen.
How to combat skin damage by pollution
The first step is to ensure that you're eliminating dirt and grime from your skin on a daily basis. Using a gentle cleanser removes the film of pollutants on your skin, as well as oil and makeup.
Ideally, you should cleanse your skin both morning and evening. You only need a gentle formulation as anything too harsh will strip your skin of its essential oils.
Even oily and blemish prone skin only require calming, gentle formulations.
A chemical exfoliator, like glycolic acid, will remove any dead skin cells harbouring on the surface of the skin. While this isn’t harmful, it leads to dullness and the formation of blemishes.
Douse a cotton pad in a chemical exfoliator and swipe over your face and neck after cleansing.
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A vitamin C serum also brightens the complexion to fade age spots and pigmentation. Our vitamin C serum is formulated with aloe to soothe and hydrate, so you receive the very best care for your skin.
Every skin type needs moisture, even those that are susceptible to excess oil.
Using our Live Skincare Radiant Cream Day & Night Moisturising Cream helps to repair premature ageing skin damage by increasing the production of collagen. Our moisturiser is formulated with peptides, green tea extract and hyaluronic acid to neutralise the effect of free radical damage, as well as hydrating and smoothing the skin.
Ensure you use your moisturiser in the morning and evening to firm, plump, and restore your complexion.
Use your sunscreen every day to create a barrier between your skin and the environment. A SPF protects your skin from the harsh rays of the sun.
Remember, pollution also causes damage to the o-zone layer, allowing more sun exposure. Not only does this potentially result in sunburn, it can also make hyperpigmentation look worse.
To counteract damage from pollution, you don’t specifically require products designated for pollution. Good news if you don’t want to start your skincare collection from scratch!
Ensuring you thoroughly cleanse, moisturise, use SPF, and a serum with antioxidants, protects your skin from pollution and free radical damage.
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