Air pollution is rising at an alarming rate. It is thought that outdoor pollution has risen by 8% in the last 5 years. We all know that breathing in toxic air is damaging to our lungs, heart, and also to the planet as a whole. But do you know how much it might be damaging your skin? Pollution causes accelerated ageing by breaking down collagen in the skin. The tiny particles of pollution that come into contact with your skin, are small enough to penetrate into the deeper layers of epidermis, causing you skin to lose firmness and elasticity. If you also suffer from an uneven skin tone or dehydration, pollution could be to blame.
If you’re jet setting this Summer and off exploring cities, we highly recommend trying these skincare products to keep your skin in the best condition possible.
Counteract the effects of pollution with this milky brightening cleanser for all skin types. Enriched with Camu Camu berry which is a brightening powerhouse and ideal for repairing the damage caused by environmental aggressors, and soothes the skin after a long day in the city. Read more about the benefits of Camu Camu berry here. Green tea, chamomile and cucumber extracts also help to calm the skin and keep it feeling happy and balanced. Remove with a muslin cloth to give your skin a gentle exfoliation, and a deep cleanse to remove impurities that can clog pores and damage the cells, causing premature ageing and dullness.
Rescue your skin from environmental aggressors with this detoxifying powder face mask. Activated charcoal has the remarkable ability to bind itself to the environmental toxins that build up in our pores after a day traipsing around city streets. Mix a little with water, honey, or yoghurt, you can even add a few drops of your favourite face oil for extra nourishment! Apply after a long day, leave on for 10-15 minutes whilst you kick back with a cuppa. Your skin will feel smoother, look clearer, calmer and most importantly your pores will be free of the damaging environmental toxins that would have built up throughout the day. Sorted!
A must have for protecting your skin against damage from environmental pollutants. African moringa - one of the most nutrient rich plants in the world, provides natural anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-pollutant properties to protect the skin from daily pollutants. Prickly pear extract boosts hydration levels thanks to the high content of water binding compounds and soothes irritation to leave the skin feeling calm. Spritz this after every step of your skincare routine, and throughout the day, it’s also available in a handbag friendly size!
Serums are designed to penetrate deep into the pores to work their magic on the deeper layers of your skin. This vitamin packed serum will deliver essential nutrients to improve dryness, elasticity, and brighten your skin. The added addition of chlorophyll, spinach leaf, alfalfa and raspberry seed extract will help give your skin a healthy glow.
A must have for Summer (or anytime of year...for that matter!) is a decent SPF. We adore this one because it uses mineral sunscreen rather than chemical, so it’s much better for sensitive skin. Protecting your skin from the sun whilst exploring new cities will not only prevent sunburn, but also prevent premature ageing and keep the skin feeling hydrated throughout the day. It’s the perfect texture for wearing under makeup, the lightweight, transparent, non-greasy finish works as a moisturiser, primer and sun protectant in one. Green tea extract, pine bark extract, rhatany root extract all help to prevent the damaging effects that environmental pollution and UVA/UVB rays can have on the skin, by neutralising the free radicals using powerful antioxidant properties. If there’s one purchase you make this Summer, this should be it!
Tiredness, dehydration and signs of premature ageing can show up in an obvious way around the delicate eye area. Hard working city dwellers are particularly prone to showing signs of premature ageing due to their daily environment - stuffy air conditioned offices, city toxins from pollution, too much caffeine and lack of sleep! This targeted eye serum diminishes dark circles, fine lines and puffiness and feels super lightweight and refreshing thanks to the cooling, gel texture and rollerball applicator. Tuberose Plant Cell complex has been clinically proven to increase circulation to improve brightness and firmness around the eye area.
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