Most of us are aware of the damages that the sun and harmful UV rays can have on our skin, however there are many people that do not realise the negative effects that pollution can have. For those of us that live in big cities like London, pollution is completely unavoidable. However, although we may not be able to keep away from it, we can protect our skin against it.
How pollution effects our skin
Pollution can have many different negative effects on our skin, including uneven skin tone, dry skin, acne, rashes and eczema. However, one of the most prominent among these is premature ageing. Pollution increases the amount of free radicals that are in the air, this mixed with UV radiation causes a decline in the production of collagen which in turn leads to a loss of elasticity in our skin and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Pollution also steals oxygen from the skin, which causes the skin to look dull and gives it an uneven skin tone. One of the other main dangers pollution poses to our skin is that the effects of pollution do not show immediately, and therefore sometimes it can be too late to protect your skin before you notice the damages.
Ensuring that you keep hydrated it a sure way to help fight off the effects that pollution has not only on the skin, but on the entire body. By drinking lots of water and keeping hydrated you are flushing all of the toxins out of your body. This is great for your insides as well as your skin.
Similarly to blocking UV rays with SPF, one of the best ways to block the damage from pollution is through the products we put on our skin. Ensuring you cleanse your skin not only in the morning but also in the evening is the first way to protect your skin against pollution. This is because it involves you washing off any dirt from the air that is on your skin, clogging up your pores. Secondly, moisturiser is key for anti-pollution skin care. It not only hydrates your skin (counteracting the dehydration that pollution can cause), but it also creates a barrier against external environmental factors and your skin. Similarly to protecting against sun damage, it is also recommended that your moisturiser has SPF in it.
At EF MEDISPA, we offer a variety of skin care brands, all of which have some great products that are specifically formulated to help protect against external environmental factors, including pollution. These include, Biologique Recherche Fluide VIP O2, an oxygenating serum that revitalises and regenerates the epidermis helping to prevent the signs of ageing. DermaQuest C3 Serum, high in vitamin C and anti-oxidants it helps to fight against pollution. Lastly, we also recommend trying SkinCeuticals Ultra Defense SPF50 a high protection sunscreen that will help protect against collagen breakdown from UV rays.
Top treatments for pollution
If your skin is suffering from pollution and external factors, than we have lots of different facial treatments that can help to correct the damages. Read on to find out about two of our favourites, or call us on 02038112727 to speak to one of our experts about the different treatments we offer.
First on our list is our Jet Facial, this super relaxing exfoliating and hydrating facial will remove any impurities and dirt from your face. A unique blend of vitamins is then applied to the skin to boost skins collagen production and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Our High Frequency Mesotherapy is also another great treatment that can revitalise our skin when we live or work in big cities. This micorneedling treatment delivers a direct hit of vitamins, and minerals to our skin helping to stimulate new cell growth and collagen production. Your skin will be left looking refreshed and radiant.
To find out more about our entire range of facial treatments that can help to correct damages caused by external environmental factors then call us today on 02038112727 or book a complimentary consultation here.