Pol­lu­tion

Women's Health (Malaysia) - - BEAUTY BUZZ -

Mother Earth is un­der­go­ing an un­for­tu­nate makeover. Pol­lu­tion, which has grown 8 per­cent glob­ally in the past five years, gen­er­ates free rad­i­cals—and these ions in­ter­fere with the skin’s abil­ity to pro­duce col­la­gen and re­tain mois­ture, lead­ing to pre­ma­ture age­ing, not to men­tion der­mati­tis and pso­ri­a­sis. Pol­lu­tion is also caus­ing rapid de­ple­tion of the ozone layer, fur­ther en­rag­ing our skin: Ac­cord­ing to a re­view in The Fron­tiers of En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence, for ev­ery 1 per­cent de­crease in ozone, there is a 2 per­cent jump in UVB ra­di­a­tion, which—be­yond rais­ing the risk for skin cancer (no small thing)—could in­crease DNA dam­age, height­en­ing sen­si­tiv­ity. And what of global warm­ing, an­other calami­tous side ef­fect of pol­lu­tion? Though few stud­ies cur­rently prove a con­nec­tion, re­searchers the­o­rise that ris­ing tem­per­a­tures and a longer pollen sea­son could ex­ac­er­bate al­ler­gic skin con­di­tions.

FOR SEREN­ITY NOW: Cleanse with kind­ness.

You don’t need to jack­ham­mer your face with a scrub to clean your face. Do a gen­tle two-step: First, reach for a mi­cel­lar wa­ter like

(4) Garnier Mi­cel­lar Cleans­ing Wa­ter (RM29.90, Wat­sons); the mi­celles (which are tiny oil mol­e­cules) are su­pe­rior at lift­ing deep-seated sun­screen residue, pol­lu­tion par­ti­cles and makeup. Then fin­ish with a wa­ter-based, non-soap cleanser, like

(5) La Roche-posay To­le­ri­ane Hy­drat­ing Gen­tle Cleanser (RM190.27, lazada.com.my), which is for­mu­lated with mois­tur­is­ing glyc­erin and with­out com­mon irritants. This will whisk away any­thing that’s still cling­ing to your skin, en­sur­ing you’re clean but not squeaky, sting­ing clean.

Move to min­eral.

Not only are min­eral sun­screens less ir­ri­tat­ing than chem­i­cal ones, but they also form a phys­i­cal bar­rier that pre­vents toxic par­ti­cles from en­ter­ing skin. Look for one that’s broad-spec­trum and free of po­ten­tial ag­i­ta­tors, in­clud­ing PABA, formalde­hyde, ben­zophe­nones, lano­lin, dyes and parabens. (6) Vani­cream Sun­screen SPF 30 (RM240, 11street.my) is a favourite of der­ma­tol­o­gists and al­ler­gists alike.

Up the ante on an­tiox­i­dants.

Hate to sound like a bro­ken record, but se­ri­ously: You need an an­tiox­i­dant serum in your life. Top­i­cally, an­tiox­i­dants pro­tect sen­si­tive skin by re­duc­ing ox­ida­tive dam­age, which strength­ens the skin bar­rier and pre­vents in­flam­ma­tion, says En­gel­man. We love Cau­dalíe Vine[ac­tiv] Glow Ac­ti­vat­ing Anti-wrin­kle Serum (RM181, cosme-de. com)—en­riched with an­tiox­i­dant vi­ta­mins C and E and grape polyphe­nols—un­der sun­screen in the morn­ing.

Do re­pair work.

Our sup­ply of Dna-re­pair en­zymes is “piv­otal in coun­ter­act­ing the sen­si­tiv­i­tyin­duc­ing in­flam­ma­tion brought on by free-rad­i­cal dam­age,” says En­gel­man, but it dips as we age. To bol­ster your nat­u­ral heal­ing agents, use a treat­ment spiked with Dna-re­pair en­zymes, such as (8) RMD DNA Intensive Re­newal (ap­prox­i­mately RM575, dnaegfre­newal.com), be­fore bed.

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