Keep your skin protected with anti-pollution skincare

Keep your skin protected with anti-pollution skincare

There’s a new buzzword in the beauty industry: anti-pollution. This comes at a convenient time when we’re concerned about the downward spiral of the environment and how it’s starting to impact our lives.


What does pollution to do our skin?

Pollution exists in many forms; the most apparent effects they leave behind are dark spots, lines and wrinkles, dehydration and dullness. Road traffic, industrial output, agriculture byproducts, household products and more produce a deadly cocktail of pollutants that slowly (but surely) kill our skin. Dermatologists say that 80% of skin ageing is caused by the environment (such as pollution and sun exposure), while age and genetics only make up 20%.


According to scientists, a substance called polyaromatic hydrocarbons emitted from power plants, automobiles and other sources have the ability to dissolve in oil, which allows them to penetrate through the outer layers of the skin. The effects of pollution will affect everyone, especially people with sensitive skin types and skin diseases like eczema.


The arrival of anti-pollution skincare

With that in mind, many beauty brands have decided to introduce anti-pollution skincare to combat the negative effects of pollution on our skin. It may sound like a far-reaching theory to create something so seemingly bombastic, but how anti-pollution skincare works is that an antioxidant-rich formula leaves a shield-like layer on the skin’s surface, preventing harmful pollutants from entering the pores, and at the same time, infusing skin with beneficial ingredients.


Try these anti-pollution skincare picks:


Laneige Anti Pollution Defensor


The Dust Block™ technology reflects fine dust using the principle of magnetic reflection, repelling harmful particles from the skin’s surface. It also comes with sun protection!



Clarins Extra-Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream


You no longer have to fear a polluted urban environment – this cleansing cream detoxifies skin with Moringa while nourishing it with Shea and Mango butters.



Academie Stop Pollution Anti-Pollution Mist


Suitable for use on face, hands and body, this all-over protective mist prevents pollutants from attacking your skin. Spring water from Gers, France also provides soothing benefits.



Decleor Hydra Floral Anti-Pollution Hydrating Gel-cream


We’re noticing a trend here with Moringa, which is a popular ingredient in terms of protecting skin against pollution. This gel-cream is 70% water-based, which is perfect for combination/oily skin.



Kiehl’s Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque


Slather on, go to bed, and wake up with visibly-revived skin. Cilantro and Orange strengthen skin while preventing impurities from creating damage.



Biotherm Blue Therapy Multi-Defender SPF25


Reverse the signs of premature ageing while shielding skin from UV damage and pollution at the same time. Dark spots, deep wrinkles and lack of firmness begone!



Shiseido Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector SPF43


Used as a makeup base or a light foundation, this tinted sun protector protects cells and inhibits enzymes that cause wrinkles and uneven skin tone.


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