How to Protect the Skin with Anti-Pollution Skincare?

Woman with dirt on cheek

Pollution is threatening not only the planet, but our skin too. So it’s important to protect it with the right ant-pollution skincare products.

Skin is the largest organ in the body and should be carefully taken care of using anti-pollution skincare.

Living in large densely-packed cities exposes the skin to a multitude of harmful toxins such as car emissions, UV exposure, smog and much more.

Lana Kashlan is an American Board Certified Dermatologist and medical director at CosmeSurge Dubai Marina who states there is ample evidence that these elements contribute to “extrinsic ageing of the skin, wrinkles, pigmentation, urticaria (hives) and even eczema.”

More often than not, people are totally unaware of the silent damage occurring on the surface of their skin as pollution is something that can be neither touched nor seen.

German physician Dr. Barbara Sturm is widely renowned for her anti-inflammatory philosophy and her non-surgical anti-aging skin treatments.

Sturm explains that the skin is an important line of defence in trying to decrease the effects of pollution on the body. Environmental toxins are not only eaten and breathed, but also absorbed through the skin.

Thick smog covering the Sydney City skyline and harbour
A thick layer of smog and pollution cover the Sydney skyline.

“Pollution breaks down collagen and oxidises the lipid layer in the skin, which impairs skin-barrier function,” she says. “Smog particles on average are too large to infiltrate the skin itself but it can disturb the barrier.”

This absorption can seep deeper into the skin and speed up the deterioration of the cells as the skin’s antioxidant and DNA systems become overwhelmed and no longer repair efficiently. This leads to premature sagging and wrinkles.

It also removes moisture  from the skin making the complexion appear drier and duller.

As restrictions and lockdown begin to fade into a distant memory and people return to the streets and make daily commutes to the office, it’s crucial to protect the skin and prevent damage before leaving the house.

The key to fighting the effects of pollution on skin is to cleanse daily and use products formulated with antioxidants. Some of the ingredients included are vitamin C and E, algae, niacinamide, ceramide 3, green tea, prebiotics, zinc oxide and other mineral barriers

Conversely, over exfoliation, perfumes, petroleum-based compounds, harsh preservatives, and certain laser treatments can all make skin more vulnerable to pollution. It’s important to ensure your skincare routine is not excessive.

This list of anti-pollution skincare is specially formulated to shield skin from airborne aggressors. Packed with antioxidants (which come with many other benefits for complexion), these saviours will help to prevent skin damage from traffic emissions, cigarette smoke, air conditioning and public transport responsible for premature ageing.

This hydrating face mist provides an invigorating on-the-go freshness to boost and give your skin a natural glow. Dr. Sturm’s formulations of low and high weighted hyaluronic acids molecules deliver a potent drench of hydration to the skin. 

Sisley Mousse Creme Eclat product
Sisley Radiance Foaming Cream: RRP $145 at Sisley Paris

Perfectly cleansed and clarified, the skin texture looks refined and the complexion appears instantly more radiant, fresh and luminous.Its natural formulation does not dry out the skin, which stays soft, supple and comfortable after rinsing.

Skin Ceuticals C E Ferulic product
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum: RRP $166 at SkinCeuticals.

SkinCeuticals’ C E Ferulic is a high potency serum with a combination of powerful antioxidants to protect skin against atmospheric ageing.

SkinMedica Lumivive Day product
SkinMedica Lumivive System: RRP $265 at SkinMedica.

This two-step system gives your skin more power to resist the environment’s attack during the day and recover itself overnight. With full atmospheric protection against blue light and pollution.

Using revolutionary stem cell technology from grapes, these sheet masks are design to protect the skin from signs of environmental damages, by rejuvenating your skin after a long day at the office in the air conditioner, or after a fun night out to help restore balance and glow.

They are perfect solution for restoring your natural tone, after a long day outdoors, as the environmental impacts from sun, wind and pollution can leave skin looking dull.

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