A fossil fuel-based economy and eased environmental regulations
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 diuses light and looks dull.
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 eective 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.