There is always a new skincare trend waiting for us around the corner. Or at least it feels that way sometimes. I tend to not buy into the hype on most occasions because, well, skin is skin and until they come up with some new science… The products that work, work. The ingredients that don’t are just fluff. Plain and simple. My disdain for skincare trends is likely why I missed the boat on this important little step and why you may have also.
Until recently, my skin has been under attack by a well known enemy… POLLUTION! I think about pollution in every way except my skin and yet, it makes the most sense that my skin is the first thing to worry about. Our skin is a barrier to protect us from the elements. You know… things like sharp objects, germs, but also rays from the sun and yep, pollution. The trouble of living in the city is that pollution is unavoidable and much more prevalent. As a matter of fact, studies have shown that wrinkles and age spots occur more often in women living in urban/high pollution areas. So, lovely, we must protect ourselves!
Okay, duh but how?
Get cozy with antioxidants. There is a lot of research out there on this and it all points to using antioxidants against pollution much like you use sunscreen against sun damage. The one snafu is that some scientists say to ingest Vitamins C & E while others say to use it topically. I say, do both. That way you are covered. I happen to use a moisturizer that protects against sun AND pollution because, well I’m lazy and 3 steps is just too many. 🙂
Now, here’s the annoying part… I know you are already washing your face everyday. And I know you know the importance of washing your face at night. Especially, since we wear makeup and it’s bad to sleep in it. Here’s the thing, it’s even more important to wash your face every night even when you’re makeup free. Turns out, all of that pollution is leaving a nasty film on your face. Gross right? And the experts agree that AHA washes are best for us pollution battle-ing city gals.
Who knew right? Well, maybe you did… let me know below!