Pollution is not only threatening the planet, it’s ageing our skin too. In fact, the World Health Organisation has described air pollution as “one of the most pernicious threats to global public health”. These pollutants, such as exhaust fumes and heavy metals, all degrade our skin’s natural defences with some particles getting lodged in our pores.
The particles don’t just sit on our skin’s surface, but seep into layers, speeding up the deterioration of cells. They also cause damage to the essential elements in your skin such as collagen, elastin and lipids. It’s why it’s one of the worst causes of premature aging, and no bride wants to hear that before her Big Day! Common concerns are redness, irritation, dry skin, and a lack of radiance. But it’s not only outside pollutants that are harmful. Long-term blue light exposure from screens or electronic devices can also cause skin damage such as inflammation and weakening of the skin’s surface. So you may think, there’s no escape.
One buzz-word that’s brings a positive swarm of good news is “anti-pollution”. You will have heard it among a whole new range of skincare products launched to protect us against any environmental nasties when we’re on the go. This means, that thankfully, there’s a whole host of ways to protect our skin from pollution particles. From antipollution creams to pollution clearing masks, the beauty industry is brimming with products especially formulated for city living. These products contain an enhancing cocktail of antioxidants which help neutralize free radicals, powerful ingredients which help remove toxins, or formulas that essentially create a barrier of protection. Here are the best pollution busters to get you started. Before you know it, you’ll have balanced skin that’s ready to face the smoggiest of cities.
1. bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Defense, 50ml, £35: This moisturizer is formulated with sugar molecules to help block pollution particles and stresses of blue light from screens. The mineral SPF helps prevent skin damage too, so the formula is excellent for both indoor and outdoor protection • www.BareMinerals.co.uk
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