Exhaust fumes, spreading products, chemical industries, heating, oil refineries, cigarette smoke... our skin must daily confront atmospheric pollution. These pollutants generate free radicals, which are the skin's primary enemies and are responsible for wrinkles, dehydration, blemishes, feelings of discomfort, dull complexion, and redness. Here are five protective treatments to shield the epidermis from the drastic consequences of this assault.
5 treatments to protect your skin from pollution.
- Care No.1: A makeup remover and a cleanser
- Care No. 2: A serum concentrated in antioxidants
- Care No. 3: A moisturizing, protective, and antioxidant cream
- Care No. 4: Sunscreen Protection
- Treatment No.5: An antioxidant mask combined with a gentle exfoliating care
Care No.1: A makeup remover and a cleanser.
Whether your skin is combination, normal, oily, or dry, the urban lifestyle tends to disrupt the protective barrier and cause long-term damage to the skin's appearance: making it drier, duller, more sensitive, more prone to premature signs of skin aging, and increasing the risk of imperfections (pimples, enlarged pores, blackheads, etc.).
Thus, a meticulous cleansing of the skin is a crucial element in removing all pollutants and impurities that have lodged both on the surface and deep within the skin throughout the day. It is also important in removing the day cream onto which fine pollution particles have attached, even before wanting to protect the skin from the harmful effects of pollution.
To do this, it is recommended to perform a double cleanse every evening, a method that involves removing makeup from the face with a makeup remover (micellar water, makeup removing oil, makeup removing balm...) that contains active ingredients capable of dissolving fats (makeup, pollution particles, sebum, etc.), and then following up with a gentle rinse-off cleanser for better effectiveness, thus allowing the skin to properly regenerate during the night.
Rich in plant oils (sweet almond, sunflower), our cleansing oil will sweep the epidermis of impurities, while preserving the skin's hydration and leaving it soft and radiant. Non-greasy, its minimalist formula with only 7 ingredients is gentle on sensitive skin.
Formulated fromaloe vera (INCI: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder) andinulin, our foaming gel is recommended for ridding the skin of all pollution particles accumulated after a day in a polluted environment for a "purified" skin. It also provides a micro-exfoliation to the skin in order to deeply unclog the pores thanks to the presence of gluconolactone.
Care No. 2: A serum concentrated in antioxidants.
In the long term, the synergistic action of environmental pro-oxidants will have a direct impact on the skin's natural defenses and accelerate its oxidation. It is necessary to think not only about repairing the damage caused, but also about strengthening the skin's natural defense system and limiting the skin's reactivity to urban pollution with a care enriched with antioxidants (vitamin C, vitamin E, polyphenols, etc.). This step can be particularly useful in case of pollution peaks, especially during the summer when the air is saturated with ozone.
Ideal to be applied before your usual day cream, our antioxidant serum is a treatment that provides a comprehensive solution to combat the skin effects caused by all types of pollution: outdoor and indoor. Indeed, it gives your skin the ability to more easily confront polluting agents. Day after day, the skin not only regains its radiance and balance, but it is also better equipped to protect itself and correct the effects of pollution.
Highly concentrated in anti-radical agents and plant extracts with proven efficacy, these compounds make the antioxidant serum a protector for the most stressed skins and provide a double shield effect to the skin.
Theferulic acid (3%), derived from rice bran, is recognized for neutralizing free radicals, repairing cellular damage related to pollution, and combating complexion dullness in contact with polluting agents;
TheAshitaba extract (INCI: Angelica Keiskei Extract) is known for its antioxidant power due to its high flavonoid content, which helps to preserve the skin's mechanisms and fight free radicals, thus combating premature skin aging.
Care No. 3: A moisturizing, protective, and antioxidant cream.
Applying a moisturizing cream is a crucial step in aiding the repair of a damaged skin barrier, thereby strengthening the skin's natural defenses against pollutants. It's important to choose a texture that suits your skin type. Using a barrier cream can also limit the adherence of pollution particles on the skin by forming a film on the surface, and assist skin cells in effectively combating the effects of micro-particles.
Composed of kale (INCI: Brassica Oleracea Acephala Leaf Extract), astaxanthin (INCI: Haematococcus Pluvialis Extract) and ginseng (INCI: Panax Ginseng Root Extract), our multifunctional antioxidant face cream provides long-lasting hydration with aloe vera, offers suppleness to the skin, in addition to guaranteeing effective protection against free radicals that come to alter it.
This new formula prevents photoaging, combats collagen degradation factors, delays the onset of wrinkles and loss of firmness, and enhances the skin's natural protection against urban stress. The skin's radiance is thus revived, and the complexion becomes more even after a few applications, with its subtly scented texture being particularly fresh and pleasant. It also has a calming effect with thetrue lavender essential oil (INCI: Lavandula Augustifolia Oil) to prevent inflammation.
Care No. 4: Sunscreen Protection.
Loss of firmness, dull complexion, hyperpigmentation, inflammation... it's confirmed, atmospheric pollution leads to skin oxidation processes. Moreover, all these harmful effects are exacerbated by UVA rays. Therefore, it is important to incorporate a sunscreen that prevents the skin's photo-reactive components from reacting to UV exposure.
Our SPF 50 face sunscreen provides comprehensive protection against daily aggressions thanks to its formula: against the sun with solar filters that ensure broad spectrum coverage (UVA/UVB), against free radicals with anti-radical agents, and against dehydration with the presence of humectants.
hyaluronic acid (INCI: Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid) and aloe vera (INCI: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder) to enhance the retention of water in the epidermis and contribute to the proper hydration of the skin, as well as antioxidant agents with the limonium extract (INCI: Limonium Narbonense Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract) to limit the skin's aggression by free radicals.
Treatment No.5: An antioxidant mask combined with a gentle exfoliating care.
Simply cleansing the face and using skincare products with a blend of antioxidants are not enough to best protect the skin from the skin disorders caused by air pollution. The skin also needs to regenerate and thus help its skin barrier to restore itself. Therefore, it is important to exfoliate the skin regularly, once or twice a week, with a chemical exfoliating treatment preferably. This will help to unclog the pores from the polluting particles that have nestled there, refine the skin texture, and revive the complexion's radiance.
Note : Grain-based scrubs may be too harsh for the skin, which often becomes sensitive and hyper-reactive.
Our recommendation for gentle exfoliation: our peeling mask and its gel texture removes dead cells and impurities without drying out the skin texture. Its formulation based on 10% AHA (mandelic acid, tartaric acid, lactic acid, glycolic acid) and 10% PHA promotes cellular renewal and restores the skin's natural radiance.
Pair it with our radiance mask. Formulated with turmeric powder (INCI: Curcuma Longa Root Extract) which protects the skin from excess free radicals and yellow clay (INCI: Kaolin) that brightens the complexion and absorbs excess sebum, this mask treatment strengthens the skin's protective barrier and helps to keep it healthy.
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