Skin Pollution is the current buzzword in skincare. What is it and what can we do about it? Is it even a thing that we need to worry about? Is anti-pollution skincare worth investing in? We’ve waded through the research, read the literature and summarised all you need to know about protecting your skin from pollution in this post. Hope it makes sense!
What is Skin Pollution and How does it Affect my Skin?
All the stuff floating around in the air, chemical, physical and biological (not just in cities – wind carry ensures that even non-city environments are not pollution-free), that is below a size of 2.2 microns (a micron is one millionth of a metre), can penetrate the pores and cause skin damage. Skin pollutants are foreign to the body and so trigger the immune system to produce excessive melanin. This in turn causes inflammation and pigmentation and weakens the skin barrier, causing fine lines and wrinkles.
How can using Anti-Pollution Skincare reduce Skin Pollution?
For best skincare practices, it’s best to employ a consistent anti-pollution skincare regime and mix in targeted anti-pollution products. What exactly does this mean? Well, for starters, you are hopefully doing some stuff that is anti-pollution already. For example, double cleansing to remove the day’s grime and particles from the surface of the skin. And layering skincare to prevent particles from penetrating. And keeping the skin well-moisturised by using a lightweight serum layered under moisturiser to maintain skin barrier functionality.
Apart from employing a solid skincare routine, targeted anti-pollution skincare products are advisable if you’re serious about protecting your skin. When layering up, include anti-oxidant rich products and products containing skin de-stressors. Ingredients such as superoxide dismutase and antioxidant-rich herbal extracts specifically target free-radical damage. Apart from serums and creams, consider an all-day spritz solution – it’s an easy way to top up hydration and calm the skin throughout the day whilst constantly reinforcing the pollution barrier.