Skin and the city

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It’s time to „ght for your glow

City liv­ing is not only fast paced and stress­ful, it’s harm­ful to your skin, too! “Stud­ies show that those in ur­ban ar­eas are more prone to oili­ness, sen­si­tiv­ity, and rough and un­even skin tex­ture,” ex­plains Dr Ian Webster, der­ma­tol­o­gist and owner of on­line skin por­tal Der­ma­s­tore (der­ma­s­tore.co.za). “These can be chronic, lead­ing to long-term is­sues like pre­ma­ture ageing, hy­per­pig­men­ta­tion and a com­pro­mised skin bar­rier (which is im­por­tant to pro­tect you from out­side ag­gres­sors).” WHAT’S THE HARM?

“Pol­lu­tion mol­e­cules are 20 times smaller than your pores,” ex­plains Dr Judey Pre­to­rius, a bio­chem­i­cal sci­en­tist for Cape Town’s Bio­med­i­cal Em­po­rium. “They cre­ate free rad­i­cals, highly un­sta­ble mol­e­cules with un­paired elec­trons which de­plete and de­stroy nec­es­sary pro­teins. The re­sult? In­flam­ma­tion and, in ex­treme cases, DNA dam­age and cell mu­ta­tion, which can lead to cancer.”

GET RE­SULTS

The se­cret weapon against free rad­i­cals? An­tiox­i­dants. “Look for prod­ucts with vi­ta­mins B, C and E,” says Dr Pre­to­rius. But also go for in­gre­di­ents that ex­fo­li­ate and calm in­flam­ma­tion. “These in­clude al­pha hy­droxy acids (gly­colic, lac­tic and sal­i­cylic), vi­ta­min A (retinol or retinyl palmi­tate), fer­ulic and phytic acid, polyphe­nols, liquorice and aloe vera,” adds skin ther­a­pist Sonette Donker of Skin ID. “A broad-spec­trum sun­screen is a must,” adds Dr Webster. “To­gether with an­tiox­i­dants, you’ll be pro­tected against 96% of all sources of free rad­i­cals.”

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