Are you regularly exposed to electronic screens, heating, cleaning products or simply ‘fresh’ air?
These are the three main types of pollution that damage your skin causing it to age prematurely, become sensitive and appear dull. In this article, we explain why and provide some simple steps to help prevent this damage.
Three types of pollution
Every day our skin is subjected to over 300 sources of pollution. These pollutants can be broken down into three main categories which have a slightly different effect on the skin.
1. UV & HEV Pollution (Blue Light Rays)
Attacks all layers of the skin including DNA.
It’s commonly known that UVA and UVB rays cause skin damage by generating free radicals. However a new growing concern is that HEV Light (AKA Artificial Blue Light) from electronic screens and devices causes more damage than these two combined. It penetrates all the way down the the DNA of the skin cells which affects their regeneration and starves them of oxygen. Exposure to phones, laptops and television screens, in turn, causes premature lines and wrinkles and the skin appears dull, grey or pallid.
Solution: the cells needs regenerating and an oxygen boost.
2. Air Pollution
Attacks the skin’s deeper layers.
Toxic particles from pollutants such as smoke, acid and gas in the air are 20x smaller than our pores meaning they can easily penetrate deep into our skin. This clogs up the skin’s natural hydration process and it’s ability to produce collagen.
These toxins also cause the skin to appear dull. Gina Baker Germaine de Capuccini Skincare Expert explains; “it’s like a dirty window – when dirt gets stuck on it, natural blue light can no longer come through and it therefore looks grey. When our skin gets ‘dirty,’ it also appears dull or grey in tone and the light can no longer reflect out of it.
Solution: the skin needs to be detoxified and cleaned.
3. Domestic Pollution
Attacks the skins surface.
Heating, air conditioning, cleaning products and other household substances sit on the skin’s surface causing irritation and drawing out moisture which causes dehydration. They also damage the stratum corneum (skins protective barrier) which in turn allows the other pollution types to penetrate the skin more easily and makes the skin more sensitive – it’s a vicious circle.
Solution: strengthen the skin’s barrier function.
How to protect & repair the skin from pollution damage
Protect the skin
The best form of of attack is a good defence! Use a high factor SPF cream. Look for a light protective cream specifically designed for daily use on top of your moisturiser. This will offer much more effective, stronger and reliable protection.
Clean the skin
Cleansing morning and evening will help to get rid of the dirt or pollution on the skin’s surface. We’d also highly recommend weekly exfoliation with a gentle enzyme powder to effectively remove more stubborn pollutants that are lodged on the skin.
Oxygenate & detoxify the skin
We know HEV and UV light starves the cells of oxygen, therefore it needs to be replaced – it’s essential for maintaining younger and healthier skin. Oxygen can be contained within skincare products but it must be stabilised in order to do so. Make sure the ingredient is “encapsulated” to be sure its going to enter the skin effectively and work to detoxify the cells.
Repair the skin
Repairing the skin’s barrier function (stratum cornemn) provides a long term solution to pollution damage and sensitivity from irritating toxic particles. Products containing Niacinamide are a great place to start as it increases the production of ceramides which in turn strengthens the skin’s barrier function. Avoid products that contain astringents like alcohol, sulphates and witch hazel. These harsh ingredients strip the skin of its natural moisturiser which weakens it.
The Perfect Moisturiser for Sensitive Skin
Why Do We Get Sensitive Skin?
Did you know 60% of us suffer from sensitive skin and the most common causes are:
- Lack of water – water is essential for the skin, both internally and externally, and when the body is stressed or run down it diverts water to the other organs and the skin gets starved of moisture.
- Lack of Oil (or Essential Fatty Acids) – Oil nourishes and protects the skin and as we age our oil levels reduce, for this reason we see a huge increase in the number of clients suffering from sensitivity over 50years
- Harsh cleansing products or over exfoliation – Its important that scrubs are not used and cleansers do not foam as this will irritate the skin
How Do We Treat It?
With the latest clinical research Germaine de Capuccini has created an expert dermocosmetics line for sensitive skin, B-Calm. It contains an exclusive ingredient – Skin Biome, which has prebiotic & probiotic properties, these are essential for skin heath as they increase the good bacteria that is naturally found on the skins surface and this then fights the bad bacteria balance which contributes to extreme sensitive skin conditions such as erythema, redness, irritation and rosacea.
Why Do We Use Probiotics On The Skin?
It is not nice to think of this but we have millions of little bacteria living on the surface of our skin, when in perfect balance they actually work in harmony with us, they help the skin to protect us better & they contribute to that gorgeous skin glow that many of us want!
But unfortunately when we get stressed, run down, take certain medications or use harsh peels or scrubs, the good bacteria get destroyed and the bad bacteria thrive. This results in “stressed” skin that can start “acting out” in the form of redness, breakouts & generally unhealthy looking skin.
Results In as little as 5 days of Using Products With SkinBiome (Skin Probiotics):
- 97% reduction in irritation & redness
- 94% reduction in sensitivity and
- 39% increased skin hydration (due to water level & oil level increases)
It contains no harsh granules, alcohol, fragrance, essential oils or mineral oils so it will not dry or irritate the skin.
Discover more infomation on our B-Calm Range below
Micellar Water Gel
Like a magnet, this cleansing gel (when soaked on a cotton pad)gently “pulls” makeup, dirt and oil onto the pad with no scrubbing or effort needed. Perfect for sensitive eyes (ophthalmologist tested) and face, it reduces burning and itching immediately.
Fundamental Moisturising Cream – Light or Rich
A daily treatment cream for sensitive skin, it increases the skin immune system, perfect for clients who have diffused redness caused by sun damage. The peptide reduces congestion, flaky skin and itchiness. (Rich is for very dry & Light is for normal skin!)
Correcting Moisturising Day Cream with SPF 20
A daily anti-erythema (diffused redness) treatment cream with a concealing (green) pigment to cover redness. Perfect for reducing both chemical and thermal reactions. Great for Rosacea it reduces diffused redness as well as patches of skin irritation.
SOS Intensive Care Facial Balm
Containing a natural cortisone (Liquorice), this is a great emergency soothing cure that instantly relieves skin reactions & irritation. Essential for: adapting to sudden climate changes, reaction to skin products, relief post shaving/waxing, relief from hot flushes (caused by menopause)