Is anti-pollution skincare just another fad?
In a nutshell, no.
During our daily lives our skin is exposed to toxic substances such as exhaust fumes, emission gases, dust and dirt which all create free radicals on the skin and can contribute to inflammation resulting in skin sensitivity.
The effect of free radicals on our skin
Free radicals are unstable molecules which take electrons from other molecules to make them stable, therefore causing damage to the skin’s cells which can accelerate ageing through oxidative stress. Oxidative stress can damage DNA and weaken cells... so this is quite a big deal. (Source: Dr. Noel ani Gonzalez, M.D)
Issues such as eczema, psoriasis and premature ageing can all be aggravated by pollutants which is why a daily skincare routine and using the right products is crucial.
If you do have acne, eczema or other skin complaints it’s best to seek professional medical advice before using any active products to ensure they don’t block your pores or irritate your skin further.
How can we prevent damage from free radicals?
Key Ingredients which can help to fight free radicals are antioxidants, for example vitamins A, C and E. So if you’re already using an active serum or treatment with these in then you’re already halfway there.
Cleansing is obviously a good place to start, invest in a decent cleanser which removes all traces of dirt and make-up whether it’s an oil, gel or cream-based one and even double cleansing to ensure your skin is free of pollutant particles.
Follow this with an antioxidant serum in the morning and at night will really help to protect your skin and repair some of the damage.
Before you’re thinking that you’ll need to add another 10 products to your skincare routine, you totally don’t. You’re probably already using a face wash or cleanser and some form of serum or face oil before your moisturiser, so just check that they have some key antioxidants in them and voila! You’re well on your way to positively radiant skin.
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