Pollution is at an all-time high and according to Frontiers in Environmental Science our skin can suffer from the exposure to toxic air. Not only is our skin exposed to ultraviolet radiation on a daily basis, there are many environmental air pollutants including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons caused by exhaust fumes and smoke, and particulate matter caused by factory emissions and power plants. These primarily target and penetrate the outer layer of the skin and prolonged exposure can lead to earlier signs of aging and skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne.
Recently anti pollution skincare has become a highly popular solution, targeting the signs of aging, and reversing the dull, dehydrated complexion that certain emissions can cause. But how does it work? And what can you do to combat the effects of pollution to achieve healthy, protected skin?
HOW DOES ANTI POLLUTION SKINCARE WORK?
Your body naturally produces glutathione, a powerful antioxidant which is vital for the immune system and cell generation and repair. Made up of amino acids, glutathione actively fights the effects of environmental damage and works to leave skin bright and clear. Our glutathione levels naturally decline with age and this can occur more quickly due to external factors such as stress, poor nutrition, or pollution. And some scientists believe that the reduction of glutathione levels in the body has a direct effect on the external signs of aging.
To combat this, many beauty brands have produced anti pollution skincare, oils and ointments that promote glutathione production which is absorbed once applied to the skin. This helps to combat the daily aggressors that we encounter by promoting cell generation, shedding dead cells, and revealing fresher, younger looking skin. Alternatively, for those looking for a more natural remedy, some foods such as asparagus and avocado are high in glutathione and the same result can be gained from skincare products which are high in natural vitamins.
WHAT CAN I DO TO PROTECT MY SKIN FROM POLLUTION?
A regular skincare routine combined with good lifestyle choices can be all you need to achieve bright and youthful skin. Malée’s award-winning Verdure Conditioning Body Scrub can be used once a week to lightly buff away dead skin cells, helping with skin cell turnover and allowing your moisturisers to penetrate the skin cell layers for better hydration and faster results. Your skin naturally sheds dead skin cells around every 30 days but using a gentle and natural exfoliator as the foundation of your skincare routine helps to speed up the process, preventing any dry, flaky patches from forming. Our body scrub also contains naturally sourced antioxidants and vitamins which help to promote a healthy glow without the use of harsh chemicals. It also includes natural salt and sugar with moisturising ingredients to nourish skin.
A man-made barrier against pollution isn’t necessary but including a moisturiser in your routine that contains antioxidants such as Vitamin E, polyphenols and vitamin C to combat the signs of ageing, and to help to fight free radical damage will help your bodies inflammation triggers for fine lines, wrinkles, loose skin and an uneven, blotchy skin tone. “Some antioxidants, like vitamin C, can also stimulate collagen production, which is vital for youthful skin,” adds Dr. Magovern.
Malée’s Verdure Moisturising Oil can be used as a quick, easy, and enjoyable way to restore moisture and essential oils to the skin. Using morning or night, the cream can be applied from head to toe, revitalising dull skin and encouraging a natural, healthy glow. Packed full of vitamins and with a non-greasy feel, your skin will be left soft and hydrated, whilst the natural scents invigorate the senses.
Along with pollution, protecting your skin from sun damage comes with multiple benefits. Minimising excess melanin production that can cause dark spots and uneven skin tone, by reducing photodamage to your skin, antioxidants such as Vitamin A, C and E naturally found in avocado oil, wheat germ oil and sweet almond oil are high in fatty acids and linoleic acid (19%) which help protect skin from UV radiation, penetrating deep to make skin feel softer, add moisture and soothe skin.
Establishing a good daily skincare regime that ensures your skin’s cell turnover is encouraged, moisture is kept at an optimal level with antioxidants while combating the effects of pollution and sun damage helps with establishing healthy skin which boasts a youthful glow.