DEALING WITH the EFFECTS of POLLUTION

So what exactly are the Effects of Pollution on the skin?

Anti-pollution skincare products have become increasingly prominent over recent as people battle an increasingly toxic atmosphere. These products, in addition to their basic function, look to combat harmful particles associate with pollution in cities. These products look to work by cleansing the skin from nano-particles that are absorbed from the air or by creating a protective barrier that acts as a shield against pollutants.

Studies have shown that certain pollutants in the atmosphere can lead to skin related problems; in particular there are studies to suggest a link between Nitrogen Dioxide from car exhaust fumes and the appearance of dark spots on the skin.

How can the effects of pollution on the SKIN be prevented?

Products that are marketed as anti-pollution look to help shield the skin from harmful dust particles, very similar to how sunscreens work. Other skincare products claim to remove pollutants from the skin after you have been exposed. 

 

Unfortunately, there are limited studies to show that barrier products are effective at keeping particles from invading your skin. That does not mean they do not work, but more studies need to be completed to prove just how effective they are in creating a pollution barrier. 

However, if pollution is a concern that you would like to address in your skin care routine then it is recommended that you introduce skin care products into your routine which have the following properties:

  • Provide a protective barrier to the surface of the skin

  • Are high in antioxidants

  • Contain pre and/or probiotics

Our Favourite Fragrance Free skincare products to help combat pollution?

Below are a some of our favourite skincare products which have the properties listed above and which we hope will help you in your fight against the effects of pollution:

Green People - Light Day Moisturiser

Many of Green People's Scent Free skin care products are specifically listed as anti-pollution due to their high emphasis on antioxidants and their strong barrier forming formulations. This Scent Free Light Day Moisturiser provides all of these benefits and more due to the excellent line-up of ingredients below:

Prebiotics

Restores a healthy skin balance to help prevent impurities.

Chamomile extract

Rich in flavonoids instantly reducing oxidative stress and soothing skin inflammation.

Perilla oil

Has powerful antioxidant properties with a soothing action ideal for inflammatory skin conditions.

£20.00Price
Green People - Scent Free Facial Sun cream

Daily use of a sunscreen is the most important weapon in your fight against the effects of pollution on the skin. This sunscreen provides effective, broad-spectrum UVA & UVB protection along with a number of ingredients which are high in antioxidants.

Avocado 

Rich in vitamins A, D and E the antioxidants it contains reduce free radical damage and promote natural collagen production.

 

Chamomile

Rich in flavonoids. Anti-inflammatory, helping to soothe inflamed, red skin. Antioxidants help to neutralise free radical activity.

Green tea
Rich in antioxidants to prevent skin cell damage, protecting from collagen breakdown to preserve the skin barrier.
£19.00Regular Price£15.20Sale Price
Apothaka - Barrier Support Serum

The skin barrier is the first line of defence against environmental assaults and unwanted substances so it’s vital to keep it fully functioning and maintain its resilience. A compromised barrier can result in unwanted substances being more easily able to penetrate the skin.

This clear, hydrating serum is designed to support, protect and replenish the skin barrier, allowing it to keep skin healthy. Some of the beneficial ingredients which this product contains are:

5% Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)

Strengthens barrier function (among a wide variety of other benefits), resulting in better water retaining abilities of the skin.

 

Ceramide Complex 

Key components of your skin’s natural lipid mix, this lipid complex contains 3 different types of ceramides and cholesterol to form a protective layer and prevent moisture loss from the skin.

 

Hyaluronic Acid

Instantly hydrates, plumps and smooths the skin.

£39.00Price
Green People - Anti-Ageing 24-hour Cream

Many of Green People's Scent Free skin care products are specifically listed as anti-pollution due to their high emphasis on antioxidants and their barrier forming formulations.  This 24hr cream for very sensitive skin contains a moisture-retaining complex to soothe and revitalise whilst being rich in organic plant oils to support natural skin health. Some of the beneficial ingredients which this product contains are:

Evening Primrose

A rich source of Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA) which is known to reduce skin inflammation. It also supports collagen and elastin structures within the skin.

 

Avocado 

Rich in vitamins A, D and E the antioxidants it contains reduce free radical damage and promote natural collagen production.

 

Green tea
Rich in antioxidants to prevent skin cell damage, protecting from collagen breakdown to preserve the skin barrier.
£20.00Price
Myroo - 100% Cold Pressed Buriti Fruit oil Super Boost Drops

These super boost drops are perfect for tackling environmental challenges either applied directly to the skin or as a boost to your moisturiser. The product contains the following beneficial ingredient:

£15.00Price
Buriti Fruit oil

Buriti Fruit Oil has high levels of Vitamin A, Essential Fatty Acids and Beta Carotene making it a powerful antioxidant that supports the skin and defends against environmental challenges. Buriti oil is rich in nutrients meaning it can heal and give your skin the minerals it needs. 

Green People - Scent Free Anti-AgEing Eye Cream

This rejuvenating, anti-ageing eye cream is ultra-gentle and suitable for very sensitive eyes. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and essential fatty acids.

Avocado 

Rich in vitamins A, D and E the antioxidants it contains reduce free radical damage and promote natural collagen production.

Evening Primrose

A rich source of Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA) which is known to reduce skin inflammation. It also supports collagen and elastin structures within the skin.

 
Everlasting Flower
rich in flavonoids, instantly reducing oxidative stress and soothing skin inflammation.
£15.00Price

Here at SKIND we are constantly looking to improve our product line-up and feedback on the effectiveness of our cruelty free and fragrance free skincare products is key. Should you decide to try out any of the products above please do let us know how you get on by dropping us a line at info@skind.co.uk

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