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Concerns: Pollution

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

Anti-pollution skin care 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 major cities. These products look to work by cleansing the skin prom 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

Which Fragrance Free skin care products could help combat the affects of pollution?

Below are a some of our favourite 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.  Green People's Neutral Sensitive Scent Free Light Day Moisturiser provides all of these benefits and more due to the excellent line-up of ingredients below:


  • Prebiotics - Restore a healthy skin balance to help prevent acne and impurities.

  • Willow Bark - Rich in Salicin, an anti-inflammatory which reduces irritation and helps control acne breakouts.

  • 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.

  • Jojoba Oil - Helps to balance sebum levels, and is a highly protective oil rich in Omega-7 & 9 fatty acids to provide a non-sticky, light and soft skin feel.

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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 by Green People provide 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.

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Apothaka

Barrier Support Serum


If your goal is healthy skin then you need to keep your skin barrier in check. 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 dry, dull skin and the potential for irritation and sensitivity as unwanted substances are more easily able to penetrate the skin.

This clear, hydrating serum is designed to support, protect and replenish the skin barrier, allowing it to maintain its optimal hydration balance and keep skin healthy. Silicone, oil and alcohol free, with a weightless gel texture, this layers perfectly under a moisturiser.

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 skin-identical lipid complex contains 3 different types of ceramides, cholesterol and the ceramide precursor phytosphingosine to help form a protective layer and prevent moisture loss from the skin's surface.

  • Hyaluronic Acid - Instantly hydrates, plumps and smooths the skin.

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Green People

Anti-Aging 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 day and night 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.

  • Squalane from Olives - Conditions and moisturises the skin, reducing water loss and restoring skin suppleness and elasticity.

  • Baicalin - Works to reduce the visible signs of ageing by improving skin firmness and elasticity.

  • Green Tea - Rich in antioxidants to prevent skin cell damage, protecting from collagen breakdown to preserve the skin barrier.

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Myroo

100% Cold Pressed Buriti Fruit oil Super Boost Drops


Brought to you by Myroo 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:

  • Buriti Fruit oil - 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. Fatty acids are another massive benefit that's extracted from the oil as they are a natural moisturiser than helps to keep your skin looking hydrated and refreshed all day long. The Vitamin E that's found in the buriti oil is great for the protection against environmental stressors. This helps to shield you from the factors we face in everyday life, locking in moisture and keeping your skin looking healthy and protected. Beta-carotene goes hand in hand with Vitamin E benefits as it also helps to lock out external stressors.

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Green People

Scent Free Anti-Ageing Eye Cream


This rejuvenating, anti-ageing eye cream from Green People is ultra-gentle and suitable for very sensitive eyes. It is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants along with anti-ageing Baicalin which is proven to actively reduce wrinkles. This nourishing cream is rich in essential fatty acids.

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

  • ​Baicalin - Works to reduce the visible signs of ageing by improving skin firmness and elasticity.

  • 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.

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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 skin care 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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