Every day our skin encounters pollutants and debris that can lead to signs of aging, clogged pores, and other skin issues. Your skin is attacked on a daily basis simply by going outside. How is this possible? Even if you aren’t competing in mud wrestling, your skin still gets dirty throughout the day. That’s why considering anti-pollution skincare is so important.
Any time you step outside, you are subject to the effects of pollution. Vehicle emissions, cigarette smoke, dust, smog, pollen, and dirt can all land on your skin.
While a large streak of dirt on your face is easy to spot and wash off, many times these pollutants come into contact with your skin in tiny particles. When we can’t see the pollutants, we can’t know when our skin is getting dirty and when to wash off the contaminants. You may encounter pollution first thing in the morning on the way to work and go throughout your work day with the contaminants on your face and neck.
In some cities, pollution is worse than others, but anywhere you live it can have a damaging effect on your skin. Smog is a serious concern for aestheticians who want to keep clients’ complexions looking their best.
Pollution doesn’t only affect your face. Tiny contaminants can cause aging to your face, neck, décolletage, hands, and other exposed areas.
Anti-pollution Skincare Is The Next Beauty Trend You Need To Jump On
Pollution’s Impact on Skin
Your first thought may be to question how pollution can really damage skin. Isn’t it just the air? Well, it turns out that contaminated air can have a real impact on your complexion.
Particulate matter, in the form of tiny droplets of soot, smog, and other pollutants, are in the air all around us in cities. As areas become more urbanized with more factories and a higher density of people living in a common area, the particulate matter in the air gets worse.
These tiny particles can even infiltrate the pores on your skin! By entering the epidermis, the outer layer of the skin, these particles can disrupt the health of your skin.
The epidermis is opened to free radicals at this point. A free radical is a fragment of a molecule that can cause oxidative stress in your cells. When there is an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidant defense, skin cells can become damaged and even die.
As we age, our natural ability to fight off free radicals diminishes. These unstable or fragment molecules bounce around inside your cells like a pinball, which destroys the mechanisms your body naturally has to prevent skin from aging.
Exposure to free radicals through pollution, can lead to uneven skin tone, dullness, roughness, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, dryness, and other signs of aging. Just as UV rays can damage skin, pollution can also affect your complexion. In fact, studies suggest that women living in big cities age faster than those residing in more rural areas.
You don’t have to move to protect your skin from the effects of pollution. While there are many factors outside your control, such as pollution levels in your city of residence, there is one critical thing under your control: your skincare routine. If you haven’t considered the effects of pollution on your complexion, it’s time to start.
Are you doing enough to protect your skin?
We’ve talked before about the importance of wearing sunscreen daily. Providing a barrier between your skin and the sun protects your complexion from harmful UVA/UVB rays and prevents burning and signs of aging. Although we have emphasized the importance of sunscreen, it is just as critical to consider anti-pollution skincare.
The outermost layer of skin acts as protection against environmental factors. When tiny particles bypass this layer, it can result in signs of aging. That’s why it’s crucial to protect the deeper layers of skin with a solid barrier.
Faced with modern pollution, that barrier needs a little help! Keep skin thoroughly cleansed by washing morning and evening. Between cleansing, keep skin protected with antioxidants that help fight the free radical damage caused by pollution.
Why antioxidants? Because they are able to prevent the oxidation of your skin cells and round up the molecule fragments that have a damaging effect on skin.
Antioxidants have become a buzzword in food trends, but that isn’t the only place you can find antioxidants. They are also found in many anti-pollution skincare products. To keep free radicals from damaging the basic functions of your skin cells, we recommend using products with antioxidants.
Use Lipochroman® for the Best Results
We highly recommend using products with the Lipochroman®, a powerful antioxidant that keeps skin cells alive and healthy.
This is the highest potency, strongest antioxidant on the market.
The double-action chromane protects skin while improving its look and texture. Lipochroman® keeps oxygen and nitrogen free radicals from damaging cells; no other antioxidants on the market protect against nitrogen free radicals.
It is designed to capture two types of free radicals, ROS and RNS, protecting cells from irreversible DNA damage while preventing lipid peroxidation.
At the same time, this powerful antioxidant improves the appearance and texture of skin including multiple signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, loss of elasticity, skin redness and inflammation, and uneven pigment.
The active ingredient in Lipochroman® prevents premature aging; its efficacy against oxidative stress — which leads to damage in cells — is greater than other well-known agents in the skin care industry, such as Resveratrol, Vitamin E, and Ferulic Acid.
The World’s Strongest Antioxidant in Skin Care Products
You can find the dynamic antioxidant Lipochroman® in several HD Beauty products:
- HD Perform Multi-Complex Creme — a deeply hydrating daily moisturizer that brightens and firms skin
- HD Perform Multi-Complex Eye Gel — a potent eye gel that targets dark undereye circles and Crow’s feet
- HD Perk Lip Treatment — a rejuvenating balm that protects against lip thinning, loss of color, and wrinkling
- HD Reclaim Multi-Complex Night Creme — a nighttime moisturizer designed to dramatically improve sagging, fine lines, and uneven skin tone while you sleep
- HD Restore Glowing Skin Serum — a nourishing serum that replenishes skin while plumping and smoothing your complexion
All of these anti-pollution skincare products contain Lipochroman® for ultimate protection and skin cell health. Incorporate them into your skincare routine to counteract the damaging effects of free radicals. With regular use, you’ll see powerful results in the appearance, texture, and feel of your skin.
Be sure to use appropriate products, such as HD Perform Creme and HD Reclaim, on your neck, hands, and chest as well. All exposed skin can be subject to pollution and its effects, so it’s crucial to protect those vulnerable areas for a youthful and glowing complexion.
Pollution is a real threat to your skin. Wherever you live, you are in danger of small particles of contaminants entering your skin through the air. These tiny particles contain free radicals, which bounce around in your cells and damage your skin.
You’ve seen the effects of these free radicals on skin in various signs of aging like sagging, wrinkles, lines, dehydration, loss of volume, and rough texture. These effects can call you to look older and detract from your appearance. They can also make your skin feel dry and uncomfortable.
While we can’t easily change where we live or how many pollution particulates are in the air, we can protect our skin to minimize damage and signs of aging. Keep your skin protected and looking youthful with the right anti-pollution skincare.