It is common knowledge that when living in an urban jungle like Singapore, we are constantly exposed to hidden airborne pollutants that can affect our skin negatively. Although the effects are not immediate, it can cause our skin to deteriorate in the long run if no action is taken. Our skin will begin to lose its radiance as pollutants form a coat that envelops our complexion, causing it to darken. And when skin is blocked by a layer of harmful particles, pores will get easily clogged, leading to congestion and unwanted breakouts. Additionally, airborne toxins slow down collagen production, causing a loss of elasticity, as well as roughen skin texture and causing wrinkles.
Our solution? Incorporating anti-pollution products to your skincare regime. And if you are still unsure of what exactly anti-pollution skincare is, we’ll break it down for you.
#1: It is not just your sunscreen that has anti-pollution properties
Sunscreens no longer just protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays. Most of them come equipped with anti-pollution properties to protect your skin whenever you are out and about. But here’s the deal: There are also other skincare — and even makeup — products that have incorporated anti-pollution properties to protect skin.
#2: They are mostly antioxidant-rich
And why is that so? Well basically, antioxidants have the power to fend off free radical damage that come from pollution and UV rays, which may potentially worsen our skin health. Our skin cells are capable of producing antioxidants; however, as we age, the production of antioxidants deplete. And when this happens, our skin is not able to protect itself from pollution, resulting in a poor complexion. Thus, anti-pollution products are mostly packed with antioxidant-rich ingredients to allow our skin to better fight for itself.
#3: Thus, helping to strengthen our skin’s barrier
When we have a balanced diet and exercise regime, our health improves drastically. Similarly, when our skin barrier function is strengthened, our skin is better able to fight, fend and protect itself. We are less prone to damage from pollution as our skin is fortified with the right nutrients to function optimally. Therefore, the negative skin effects are reduced.
#4: Some even act as a shield
There are a bunch of products that, instead of strengthening the skin, protect the skin by forming an invisible layer to prevent harmful particles and pollutants from coming in contact with the skin. But what is really important is to properly cleanse at the end of the day to thoroughly remove the protective layer. If it remains on the skin, it may lead to congestion, clogged pores and the formation of acne.
#5: They should also come with hydrating and/or soothing properties
When skin is dehydrated, free radicals are able to enter the skin through cracks and other damage. And since pollution can cause irritation and redness, it is key to have ingredients that help soothe and calm the complexion, such as centella asiatica and panthenol.
Above, our list of effective anti-pollution products to try.