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Can anti-pollution skincare products protect your skin from external factors? Some aspects to take into account.
The anti-pollution beauty trend comes from Asia due to the increasing air pollution in Asian cities.
Pollution and skin
Pollution can be linked to hives, acne, premature skin aging and inflammatory skin conditions. Moreover, the skin can absorb pollutants from the air and induce oxidative stress.
How can we protect our skin from pollution?
They bind to free radicals before they can damage skin cells. The most effective antioxidants being: vitamin C, A and E, niacinamide, resveratrol, polyphenols, flavonoids, CoQ10, ferulic acid, astaxanthin and glutathione.
This is no news but having a moisturized skin strengthens the skin barrier to minimize the air pollutants that can penetrate skin cells. Ceramides and hyaluronic acid are good to maintain moisture in the skin.
A mineral sunscreen with an SPF 30 or greater provides a physical barrier to both UV rays and pollutants.
Prebiotics and probiotics
Pollution affects the skin’s microbiome, and probiotics and prebiotics help restore the proper balance of bacteria existing in the skin.
Anti-pollution skincare routine
You won’t need to change your skincare routine too much, here are some ideas:
- Cleanse: Start by gently cleansing your skin to remove the existing pollutants.
- Anti-pollution product: use an anti-pollution serum after washing the skin.
- Moisturize: it is paramount for the skin to be moisturized to keep the barrier strong.
- Sunscreen application: if it is a mineral sunscreen (with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) it should be applied lastly, because it has a reflective effect, in turn, chemicals sunscreens should go first since they need to be absorbed.
There is a good chance you were already using anti-pollutant beauty products without knowing, but just they weren’t labeled “anti-pollution.”