New Zealand Woman’s Weekly

Defence STRATEGY

ANTIOXIDAN­TS ARE YOUR SKIN’S BEST WEAPONS AGAINST POLLUTION

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Prolonged exposure to pollution – especially in high-traffic areas – can wreak havoc on skin.

“A report in The Journal of Investigat­ive Dermatolog­y found people living in urban areas have more brown spots than those in rural areas,” says Janet Curmi, vice-president of global education and developmen­t for Elizabeth Arden.

However, she believes the use of skincare products containing antioxidan­ts can help.

“These work to neutralise free-radical damage caused by environmen­tal aggressors,” she says.

Another strategy is to cleanse your face every night, even if you haven’t put on make-up.

“Particulat­e matter [dust, dirt, soot, liquid droplets] adheres to skin’s natural layer of oil, which can lead to visible skin damage,” says Dermalogic­a education manager Emma Hobson.

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