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Your skin not only experiences natural damage and ageing, it’s also affected by external factors. One of the most damaging is the environment due to the harsh weather conditions, pollution and more. This is why it’s important to learn to shield your skin, creating a barrier for a healthier, more youthful complexion. Discover how to protect skin against the environment below.
Whether you live in a sunny climate or spend most of your time in dull weather, you always need SPF. This is because even on the cloudiest days, UV rays still penetrate the skin, causing ageing. A light yet effective SPF such as the Sarah Chapman Skinesis Skin Insurance in SPF30 protects against UVA, UVB, thermal and infrared radiation whilst reversing the signs of ageing. It also contains light scattering powders and optical blurring technology for reduced pigmentation and an even tone.
When your skin is exposed to pollution, it becomes blocked with toxins and as a result, oil production increases. Vitamin E and squalene levels also drop, causing premature skin ageing. Using products specially designed to target pollution such as the REN Pollution Proof Kit will help you to achieve purified skin. Containing 5 of their pollution protection products, you can be sure that your skin will remain toxin-free without feeling heavy.
As mentioned previously, the main visible effect caused by the environment is ageing. This begins to show around the eye area first due to the thin, delicate skin. To prevent fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet from appearing early, remember to apply an eye cream each morning and night. We recommend the Jack Black Eye Balm which features a rollerball applicator and cooling gel, brightening the eye area and reducing puffiness.
Spending a lot of time in hot weather, cold climates or simply sat around heaters and air conditioning causes your skin to dry out. To maintain the moisture within, ensure to use a hydrating serum daily to replenish the skin and stop it from becoming dry as quickly. The Aesop Lightweight Facial Hydrating Serum is packed with Northern Australian Aloe Vera juice, boosting both hydration and vitamin levels at once.
After a busy week of being out and about, your skin will still need refreshing despite a great skincare regime. To maintain a youthful complexion and ensure that skin is protected, you should apply a face mask once per week. A detox clay mask such as the one from men-ü will exfoliate and unblock clogged pores for fresher skin. Formulated with powerful ingredients including kaolin clay, witch hazel and zinc oxide, it absorbs excess oil and shine.
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