Exhaust fumes, spreading products, chemical industries, heating, oil refineries, cigarette smoke... our skin must daily confront atmospheric pollution. Generating free radicals, these are the skin's primary enemies and are the cause of 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 moisturising, protective and antioxidant cream
- Care No. 4: Sun 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 ageing and increasing the risk of imperfections (spots, enlarged pores, blackheads, etc.).
Therefore, 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 achieve this, it is recommended to perform a double cleanse each evening. This method involves removing makeup from the face with a makeup remover (micellar water, cleansing oil, cleansing balm...) that contains active ingredients capable of dissolving oily substances (makeup, pollution particles, sebum, etc.), followed by a gentle rinse-off cleanser for enhanced effectiveness, thus allowing the skin to properly regenerate overnight.
Enriched with plant oils (sweet almond, sunflower), our cleansing oil will sweep away impurities from the epidermis, whilst preserving its hydration and leaving the skin 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 defences and accelerate its oxidation. It is necessary to think not only about repairing the damage caused, but also about strengthening the skin's natural defence system and limiting the skin's reactivity to urban pollution with a care product enriched with antioxidants (vitamin C, vitamin E, polyphenols, etc.). This action can be particularly useful in the event of a pollution peak, 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: external and internal. Indeed, it equips the skin with the ability to more easily confront polluting agents. Day after day, the skin not only regains its radiance and restores its balance, but it is also more capable of protecting itself and correcting 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 recognised for neutralising 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 combat free radicals, thus preventing premature skin ageing.
Care No. 3: A moisturising, protective and antioxidant cream.
Applying a moisturising cream is a crucial step in aiding the repair of a damaged skin barrier, thereby strengthening the skin's natural defences against pollutants. It is important to choose a texture that is suitable for your skin type. Using a barrier cream can also limit the adherence of pollution particles on the skin by forming a film on the skin and assisting 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 it effective protection against free radicals that come to alter it.
This new formula prevents photo-ageing, combats collagen degradation factors, delays the onset of wrinkles and loss of firmness, and protects and enhances the skin's natural resistance to urban stress. The skin's radiance is then revived and the complexion becomes more even after a few applications, and its subtly scented texture is 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: Sun 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 sun protection 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 sun 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) in order 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 fully protect the skin from the dermal disorders caused by air pollution. The skin also needs to regenerate and thus help its protective barrier to restore itself. Therefore, it is important to exfoliate the skin regularly, once or twice a week, preferably with a chemical exfoliating treatment . This will help to unclog the pores of the pollutant particles that have lodged there, refine the skin texture and revive the complexion's radiance.
Note : Grain-based exfoliants may be too harsh for the skin, which often becomes sensitive and hyper-reactive.
Our recommendation for a 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 all the radiance to the complexion.
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 treatment mask strengthens the skin's protective barrier and helps to keep it healthy.
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