It's that time of year when you'd usually detox your body; put everything you consume through a Nutribullet. Pretend hot water and lemon doesn’t taste like an emptied washing up bowl and tell anyone who’ll listen about your dry-ish (no one ever actually gets to the end do they?) January? But we're taking a stand against resolutions that make us feel crappy and focusing, instead, on little things we can do to feel brighter. And since it's usually all about our bodies at this time of year, we're bucking the trend and remembering our faces. Pollution in major cities is the highest it’s…Read more
Welcome to Ask Betty, a regular column wherein your resident agony aunt answers all of your burning questions – beauty, not boyfriend drama. You’re going to want to take notes.
By Beth Ludolf
Hey Betty, I’ve just moved to London and I’ve heard the pollution can cause breakouts. What can I do to prevent them?
Ellie B, 25
Being exposed to pollution is (unfortunately) inevitable, especially if you live in a city. We often hear about the effect breathing in pollution can have on our overall health, but what about our skin? I consulted Victoria Schofield, educator at Dermalogica and expert in all-things-skin, “We’re seeing more and more research linking air pollution to skin damage as a result of the pollution particles entering the skin through our pores.”, she explains.
Healthy skin relies on its barrier to protect against sensitivity and keep in moisture (yep, that means the barrier is integral to dewiness). “Environmental pollutants cause damage to the skin’s protective barrier and reduce its self-repair mechanism.” – according to Victoria, this can lead to sensitivity, dehydration, breakouts and uneven skin tone, as well as – brace yourself – premature ageing.
But don’t pack your bags for the countryside just yet. You can protect your skin from pollution just like you do with sun damage (SPF, daily. No exceptions). Victoria recommends doubling up on cleansing to remove toxins, “using an oil-based product for your first cleanse will help lift pollutants from the skin” she explains, “then for your second cleanse, you can actually clean the skin with a cleanser suited to your skin”. Top tip: vitamins C and E are antioxidants – look for skincare products boasting these as ingredients.
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