I love living in the city but it can also take its toll. It means a faster pace, rushing between apartment, office, meetings and social gettogethers, navigating bumper-to-bumper traffic to reach the next stop. Stress and anxiety seem to follow you around, quietly gathering strength until you have to climb in your car and travel to the closest small town in the middle of nowhere to breathe it all out and inhale some fresh air.
Apart from the constant rush-around, city life also means being exposed to constant pollution. Recently I have attended various events where we have been warned about the damaging effect that pollution has on our skin, and how we can counter it.
Last month we attended a Dermalogica event where they explained the negative impact that unhealthy air can have. According to them, some cities in the world have more than 161 days of unhealthy breathing air and after only 8 hours exposure, your skin will have 1 gram of pollution adhesions. Yup, pollution particles actually cling to your skin, causing chronic inflammation. This can cause free-radical damage, loss of elasticity, dehydration, sensitivity and hyperpigmentation.
You can visit skinpollution.com to check the pollution level in your town.
So what can I do?
You can help to counter the damaging effects of pollution through your skincare routine. Load up on antioxidants like Vitamin C, E, A and B3 that can help to fight off free-radical damage, and lipids that can restore your skin barrier. It is, however, also important to get rid of the pollution particles that cause inflammation in the first place.
For this reason I am excited about the new Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant (R1180, dermalogica.co.za). It has a neutral pH which opens up your pores so that the active ingredients can remove impurities. Activated Binchotan Charcoal works like a magnet, adsorbing toxins on your skin, while Lactic Acid, Malic Acid and Enzymes remove dead surface skin cells.
According to them the product also contains an anti-adherence complex that prevents pollution particles from clinging to your skin. And finally they have added Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) that acts as an antioxidant, helps to sooth and restore your skin, and improves uneven skin tone.
When should I use it?
You will use this product once a day, and since it is a resurfacer I would say it is best in the evenings before bed. Start with your pre-cleanser and cleanser, then follow with the Daily Superfoliant, massaging it onto damp skin for one minute before rinsing off.
The Daily Superfoliant is especially effective on mature or prematurely aging skin, but it can be used by anybody who feels the need to protect their skin against pollution. If you have dry or dehydrated skin, the activated charcoal in this product might cause some tightness, so I would say you can vary between the Daily Superfoliant and the Daily Microfoliant.
I have been using the Daily Superfoliant for a month now, varying between it and my Daily Microfoliant and I honestly love it – my skin looks incredibly smooth after using it, and still feels soft and comfortable.
What is the difference between the Daily Superfoliant and Daily Microfoliant?
If you know Dermalogica you’ll be familiar with their Daily Microfoliant, which gently removes dead skin cells to smooth and brighten your skin. The Daily Superfoliant has a more powerful resurfacing action, and it specifically targets the damage caused by pollution.
Before trying this, make an appointment for a face mapping at a Dermalogica concept store and find out whether it would benefit your skin type.
I’m giving away one Dermalogica hamper worth R2 170 with the new Daily Superfoliant and Age Reversal Eye Complex. To enter, tell me how you like to stay healthy in your town or city. Yoga? Superfood? Juicing? Spa days? Pop it in the comments section below. Entries close 16 March.
This post was sponsored by Dermalogica