December 14, 2019 6 min read

Living in Australia, you probably think of the sun as having the most damaging effect on your skin. And you're right! But beyond UV light, there are a few other environmental aggressors that can take a toll on your skin and leave you with a dull, discoloured or blotchy complexion.

This can be really disheartening, especially if you're obsessive about your skincare routine and use only the best natural products. Don't worry - we're here to help you cope! Our beauty experts share the top 3 environmental effects on skin, and how to protect and treat your skin the natural way.

Pollution

Pollution is all around us no matter where you live and unfortunately cannot be avoided. Exhaust from cars, factories, air conditioners, heating, cigarettes and even chemicals from our home cleaning products all produce a microscopic offset that attaches to the skin and has been clinically proven to cause skin ageing.

Protect

Between car exhaust and petrol fumes to cigarette smoke and cleaning chemicals, we're exposed to pollutants all day, every day. It's unavoidable!

The problem is: All these gases and microscopic particles can clog your pores and create oxidative stress - which is just a fancy way of saying that pollution stresses out your skin. This can lead to cell damage, breakouts, uneven skin tone, dullness, dehydration and dark spots, and it can also cause your collagen production to slow down.

The result? Premature ageing.

Aside from never leaving your house, there are a few things you can do to protect your skin and keep it healthy.

1. Do use anti-pollution skincare

Believe us when we say anti-pollution skincare is well worth the hype. It's formulated with ingredients that shield the skin from everyday pollutants. By doing this, it strengthens your skin's outer layer, which is known as the lipid barrier. When the lipid barrier is strong, it locks in moisture and stops those aggressors from making contact with your skin cells.

Our Top Pick: Our Phytofuse Renew Maca Root Day Cream works to create a barrier between the air and your skin, and it's proven to prevent up to 90% of pollutants from penetrating. The anti-pollution face cream is intensely hydrating and absorbs quickly.

2. Don't forget to cleanse your skin morning and night

Boost the results of your anti-pollution skincare by cleansing twice a day. When you wake up, cleanse to remove any sweat or oil that may have accumulated overnight. In the evenings, it's important to double cleanse. The first cleanse lifts any pollution particles, and the second deeply cleans your skin. Look for a gentle cleanser with a silicone applicator. Bacteria can't survive on silicone - making this the most hygenic way to wash your face!

Our Top Pick: The Phytofuse Renew Camellia Oil Cleanser is a creamy cleanser that dissolves all impurities while nourishing the skin with antioxidant-rich camellia oil. It also has a unique silicone brush head that gently massages the skin while cleansing, so every day can feel like a spa day!

3. Do eat an antioxidant-rich diet

Antioxidants fight free radicals - those nasties that can damage your skin cells and leave you with a less-than-lustrous complexion. Give your skin a helping hand by loading up on antioxidant-rich goodies, like spinach, kale, tomatoes, blueberries, nuts, and green tea.

4. Don't smoke

Cutting down on smoking is the quickest way to reduce your pollutants. While you're tweaking your lifestyle, drink plenty of water and switch to cleaner cosmetics and household cleaning products.

Wash

As much as we try to protect our skin from pollution, expecting 100% protection from any skincare product isn't possible just yet. This is why it is extremely important to wash the skin every evening to remove any micro particles that may have built up on the skin throughout the day. Look for a gentle cleanser with a hygienic applicator made from silicone which helps massage the skin to remove grime and impurities. It's known that bacteria and germs are unable to survive on silicone - making it the most hygienic way to wash your face!

Water

You might not think of your daily shower as damaging - but it can be. Sometimes, our waterways contain alkaline and other minerals that reduce the quality of the water. These nasties can stay on the skin after cleansing, and cause dryness and irritation.

If you've ever heard of someone talking about how the water in their city is 'hard' or 'abrasive', that's exactly what they mean. Luckily, there are a few ways to protect your skin from the potentially damaging effects of water.

Treat

A serum applied under a moisturiser throughout the day will create a nourishing boost of hydration and nourishment through the skin' epidermis. Using a serum or face oil that is highly concentrated and rich in antioxidants will help reduce free radical skin damage as an added benefit.

Weather

Do you know your skin always feels dry on a super windy day? That's one example of how the weather can affect your complexion.

When you're exposed to elements like heat, humidity, air conditioning, cold or wind, these can break down your skin's protective barrier. This is known as the lipid barrier, and it works hard to seal in moisture and shield our skin from those pollutants. So, when our lipid barrier is weak, our skin is more prone to dryness, irritation, sunburn and photoageing (aka age spots and fine lines). You can't control the weather, but there are a few key ways to protect your skin from environmental elements.

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Repair and Nourish

Using a nourishing day and night cream with and protecting occlusive properties is a must for all types of weather conditions. Look for a natural moisturiser with lots of rich natural butters and oils like Shea Butter and Argan Oil which will enrich and deeply nourish the skin.

Protect your skin from pollutants

Our skin takes a beating every day, between pollution, poor water quality and wild weather. While you can't change that, you can definitely do a few things to support your skin from the effects of the environment.

That's where specially formulated skincare steps in to help.

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