With Oxford Street reaching its annual pollution limit less than a month into the new year, it’s hardly surprising that we’re looking into how to protect our skin from pollution. It’s not just effecting the planet, it’s effecting our skin too, contributing to uneven skin tone and accelerating the ageing process. As part of our #skinhealth campaign, we’ve made it our mission to investigate how pollution effects the skin and show you how you can protect it from free radicals and environmental aggressors with anti-pollution skincare.
A landmark study in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology compared women living in urban and rural environments over 24 years. The study found that those who were exposed to pollution had more dark spots and wrinkling.
Speaking to Self, David Banek, M.D, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City said: “The sun isn’t the only villain, now we know how damaging pollution really is.”
How does pollution actually damage the skin?
Pollution attacks the collagen and lipid layers of the skin, impairing skin barrier functions. Traffic pollution has been proven as the most toxic pollutant for the skin – so it’s more important than ever that we keep our skin protected.
How to protect my skin from pollution?
The good news is simple changes to your skincare routine can have a massive impact on the condition of your skin. Skincare brands such as Ren and Murad are experts when it comes to helping city slickers tackle their environmental skincare problems.
That’s why the brand has curated a ‘anti- pollution’ routine that will defend your skin against whatever life throws at you.
Because your skin goes through as much in a day as you do
Step One: Cleanse
This sounds simple, we all know we need to cleanse right? But the truth is, many of us don’t do it that well. Washing your face thoroughly is a critical step in the reducing the damage caused by pollutants which gather on the skin throughout the day.
We recommend: Ren Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk