Air Pollution levels, especially in London, larger cities and urban areas are at a record high. As well as being harmful to the environment and your health, pollution also damages your skin.
Pigmentation, dullness known as ‘urban grey’ and premature ageing to the skin is caused by toxic air and free radicals such as UV light, cigarette smoke, exhaust fumes and heavy metals. These generate free radicals on the surface of the skin which cause “oxidative stress” which damages the cells, making in intoxicated.
So how do we pollution proof our skin?
Just like UV protection, the beauty industry has quickly caught onto this problem, providing solutions for your skin and now even hair. Anti-pollution products are everywhere and I am sure they will continue to rise of the years. For those of you who are a little sceptical about the risk of pollution on skin as a marketing buzzword, yes, you are right, but if you read about anti-ageing products from the beginning of your beauty and skincare life, you will notice that a lot of products help protect your skin from free radicals which is pollution so it’s nothing new, the problem is the increasing levels.
An easy way to protect your skin from pollution is the REN Flash Defense Anti-Pollution Spray which instantly shields and protects the skin from the ageing effects of harmful free radicals and environmental pollution. The fine and lightweight mist can be sprayed under or over makeup and throughout the day. Its super lightweight, absorbs straight into the skin and feels so great in the summer. It smells really nice, like essential oils when you first apply but the scent quickly evaporates and feels more like unscented water so feels refreshing on the skin. I use mine before I apply my foundation and it doesn’t affect it at all.
How does it work?
The mist forms an invisible barrier which acts like a second skin to shield any pollutants. The natural ingredients such as Zinc, Amino Acids, Quercetin (Sophora Japonica Flowers) and Alfa-glucan (extract from yeast) boost the skin’s antioxidant capacity which helps to strengthen the skin’s natural defences, promotes cell longevity, and stimulates skin repair which neutralizes urban grey and combats signs of fatigue on the skin.
If you’re looking for a summer face mist, I would definitely invest in this anti-pollution one as it’s a great natural alternative to what is already on the market. It reduces your carbon footprint too, so you can practice what you preach.