City-proof your skin

Healthy, happy skin

Glamour (South Africa) - - Contents -

there are many plus sides to liv­ing an ur­ban life, but one of the big mi­nuses is the ef­fects of pol­lu­tion. “There are sev­eral dif­fer­ent forms, but in gen­eral, all pol­lu­tion at­tacks skin in a sim­i­lar way,” ex­plains Dr Tom Mam­mone, pres­i­dent of skin phys­i­ol­ogy and phar­ma­col­ogy at Estée Lauder and Clin­ique.

The skin, which is the body’s most ab­sorbent or­gan and the first point of con­tact, is very sus­cep­ti­ble to ex­ter­nal tox­ins, which can ac­cel­er­ate the age­ing process, lead­ing to in­flam­ma­tion, de­hy­dra­tion and pig­men­ta­tion.

But fear not, city dwellers, we have your anti­pol­lu­tion cheat sheet for a clear com­plex­ion right here!

“There are two main types of pol­lu­tion that can be harm­ful to your skin,” says Clar­ins’ sci­en­tific com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor, MarieHélène Lair. “Th­ese are ur­ban pol­lu­tion, which is the re­sult of smoke, air con­di­tion­ing par­ti­cles and car emis­sions; and en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion, such as cold weather, hard water and con­stant sun ex­po­sure.”

So, what do we do, move to the coun­try­side? There’s a less ex­treme com­plex­ion fix: “Prod­ucts that are en­riched with anti­pol­lu­tion pro­tec­tion in­gre­di­ents, SPF and pu­ri­fy­ing an­tiox­i­dants will help pro­tect skin from the harm­ful ef­fects of your sur­round­ings,” says Marie­hélène.

“UV rays are a big trig­ger for cell mu­ta­tion, so start with SPF,” skin ex­pert and fa­cial­ist Vaishaly Pa­tel ad­vises. “Af­ter that, opt for prod­ucts rich in an­tiox­i­dants, such as vi­ta­min E. Your goal is to pro­tect the rest of your cells from the harm­ful free rad­i­cal dam­age, as well as pre­vent­ing the for­ma­tion of new free rad­i­cals.”

Makeup can also play a part. “Makeup with SPF and an­tiox­i­dants can add an­other layer of de­fence,” says Dr Mam­mone. “But, use them in con­junc­tion with a great skin­care rou­tine, not just as an al­ter­na­tive.”

So, in­stead of head­ing for greener pas­tures, fill your beauty ar­se­nal with th­ese mod­ern pol­lu­tion war­riors to pro­tect your skin and give you a glow­ing, rested com­plex­ion.

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