A fos­sil fuel-based econ­omy and eased en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tions

Glamour (South Africa) - - Beauty -

Oh, yes, that’s a con­cern. Pol­luted air con­tains a host of tiny par­ti­cles, like dirt and sul­phur diox­ide, that cre­ate free rad­i­cals on skin. Free rad­i­cals dam­age col­la­gen (hello, new wrin­kles!) and stim­u­late pig­ment pro­duc­tion. When your skin’s tone and tex­ture are un­even, it diuses light and looks dull.

THE SO­LU­TION

Wash your face at night – ev­ery night! If the day’s dirt lingers, it will

dam­age your skin while you sleep. (But feel free to skip a morn­ing wash.) “Pol­lu­tion causes in­flam­ma­tion and can dis­rupt the skin’s bar­rier, so it’s im­por­tant to use a gen­tle creamy cleanser that helps build it back up,” says Dr Ze­ich­ner.

Stud­ies have shown that us­ing soap with a cleans­ing brush is more eec­tive at re­mov­ing nanopar­ti­cles of pol­lu­tion than man­ual cleans­ing. (Fa­cial wipes aren’t thor­ough enough to re­move pol­lu­tion, but if you’re too tired to wash your face, they’re bet­ter than noth­ing.) In the morn­ing, load up on serums and lo­tions that con­tain an­tiox­i­dants, like idebenone and vi­ta­min C.

“It’s like hav­ing a safety net to min­imise the po­ten­tial dam­age from pol­lu­tion’s free rad­i­cals,” ex­plains Dr Ze­ich­ner.

[10] El­iz­a­beth Ar­den Pre­vage Anti-ag­ing + In­ten­sive Re­pair Eye Serum R1 195 [11] Rem­ing­ton Re­veal Fa­cial Cleans­ing Brush R1 399 [12] Resty­lane Fa­cial Cleanser R395

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