* Free radical damage is one of the biggest causes of premature skin aging
* Shield your skin with protective skin care products
* Cleansers, serums, primers, and at-home facials
Environmental skin damage is one of the biggest causes of premature aging. Since it’s not an option to stay indoors for the rest of your life, you must do the next best thing and ensure that the skin care products you are using are protecting your skin from environmental elements and pollution. We’ve curated a list of protective skin care products that will protect your face against pollution, free radicals and toxins.
The first step in any skin care routine is your cleanser. The job of the cleanser is to not only to remove the makeup from your face, but to also remove any impurities left over from the day. One great option is the Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm. This balm is an all-in-one facial cleanser that will remove dirt, makeup and dead skin cells from the face and eyes without stripping your skin dry. This particular brand is formulated with specific herbal ingredients like hot springs water and Vitamin E to remove air pollutants.
2. Protective Spray
Ren’s Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist is another great protective skin care product to keep in your arsenal. This sprays a fine mist that shields and protects skin from free radicals and environmental pollution while strengthening your skins’ natural defenses against oxidative stress. The mist also reduces signs of premature aging, detoxifies and creates an invisible barrier to shield skin from pollutants while delivering instant hydration and doubling as a makeup setting spray.
Another way to protect your skin against the effects of harmful pollution is by using masks. Masks are a great way to target specific skin care concerns on a deeper level. Kiehl’s Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque works as a natural antidote to the harmful effects of pollution on the skin and it also helps to reverse the signs of premature aging due to environmental aggressors. The cilantro extract works to draw out pollutants from the pores, while a blend of antioxidants helps replenish essential nutrients to cells. With regular use, this mask will minimize lines, smooth out texture and brighten your skin.
4. Protective Makeup Primer
Make’s Moonlight Primer is an advanced and sophisticated primer solution that shields against High Energy Visible and Infrared Lights, which are essentially two harmful elements that lead to premature aging and skin damage. Electronic devices such as tablets, smartphones and computers are the culprits emitting these harmful lights and this primer creates a protective barrier. It is suggested to apply a thin layer to the face and allow to set before applying your foundation.
5. A Double-Duty SPF
If you are going to wear sunscreen (and you really should), why not make it one that does double- duty? The City Skin Age Defense Sunscreen by Murad is an ultra-light, 100% mineral sunscreen that in addition to SPF 50, contains Environmental Protection Technology that shields skin from the five main causes of damage that accelerate signs of aging–blue light from devices, pollution, infrared radiation and UVA and UVB rays. This sunscreen also leaves a luminous, pearlized finish on the skin that works well under makeup or worn alone, and has contains a peach tint to help color-correct skin.
6. At-Home Detox Facials
Our last anti-pollution pick is a weekly detox peel and mask that accelerates cell turnover and reduces congestion and clogged pores. The Olga Lorencin Deep Detox Facial in a Box gives you clinic-level results in the comfort of your own home and works with most skin types. The set includes a peel, neutralizer and clarifying moisture mask (to be used in that order) that with regular use will minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and create a more balanced, glowing complexion.