How pollution affects our skin + GIVEAWAY with Dermalogica!

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 to check the pollution level in your town.

So what can I do?

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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, 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.

You can also catch me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Remember, sharing is caring 😉 

This post was sponsored by Dermalogica


  1. Anisa March 9, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Dearest 9Lives,

    I stay healthy in my city by enjoying the gorgeous hiking trails in KZN! I love how I can incorporate a fun exercise regime for my family too( the furry kind too). I also enjoy sipping on homemade smoothies and infused waters! This has contributed to a great state of mind. Having Dermalogica will sort out my glow!

    1. Malherbe Liezel March 27, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      Ah I am jealous! KZN is such a beautiful part of our country. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  2. Unica March 9, 2017 at 7:14 am

    This is how i like to stay healthy in my city .I do Meal planning this lessens the temptation to buy take outs, like on a Sunday i will make extra roast chicken so that i can just add a salad with the chicken for the Monday dinner. Also when I am at a restaurant i take vegies and salad instead of fries. I also try and associate myself with friends ans family that like to eat health and enjoy the out doors this just makes it more pleasant, i also started a routine were i enjoy my green smoothie every morning.One of my tricks is keeping my pantry packed with healthy treatsican grab at a moment’s notice is essential. Products like nut butters, chia seeds, spirulina powder, rice cakes, nori sheets, dried fruits and nuts and oils last for a long time and are nutrient-dense, not to mention delicious. I always make sure to keep healthy spices on hand for an extra nutritional boost and added flavor to boot. Cinnamon, for example, just makes everything better. Lastly wherever you are, there is air. Inhale it. Exhale. And voilà! You’re ready to brave wherever in the world you are.

    1. Malherbe Liezel March 27, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      Love this Unica! I do meal planning too, it really helps to prevent last minute takeout dinners. And I also avoid any unhealty snacks in my house – replacing them with healthy options. Well done with all your healthy habits and thanks for inspiring the rest of us!

  3. Marelize Ferreira March 9, 2017 at 7:14 am

    I HATE driving in Cape Town. Hate, hate HATE! So I usually counteract my stress and health and sanity by planning trips and parking well, and mostly Ubering if I have meetings during the day. I also combat stress by trying to go for longer runs every weekend, preferably near or in the Newlands Forest close to my neighbourhood – just to remind myself that I can get fresh air in the city. Oh and I try to load up on antioxidants.

    1. Malherbe Liezel March 27, 2017 at 3:50 pm

      Ugh driving in Cape Town is THE WORST! I try to walk around as much as I can or I’ll take an uber. And yes to running in the forests or along the Prom – we’re lucky to have green spaces close by. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Janel Sunderlall March 9, 2017 at 7:22 am

    I try to stay A healthy as possible as I have 2 little girl. I am full time mum and it is extremley demanding. I enjoy dancing and playing outdoors with my kids. It’s a way to excercise and too spend time with my girls. Unfortunately my day is hectic and fun times with the kids and eating a balanced diet helps me keep fit and healthy

    1. Malherbe Liezel March 27, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      I hear you Janel! I think we can only do what is possible, and we shouldn’t be too hard on ourselves. Eating healthy and playing with your kids is already a great way to keep healthy. Thanks for sharing!

  5. jackie katzen March 9, 2017 at 7:32 am

    I stay healthy by prepping my own meals for work lunches and exercising 3x a week.

    1. Malherbe Liezel March 27, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      Brilliant Jackie – I am trying to get into that habit too but still struggling to find the time to prep lunches. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Liezel Thomas March 9, 2017 at 7:46 am

    I try to eat healthily every day which is hard with a 6month old as there is just no time! I also run up the stairs about 20 times a day at work LOL small things

    1. Malherbe Liezel March 27, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      I think it is the small things that make the big differences! Good luck with that tiny human! And thanks for entering 🙂

  7. Emma March 9, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Eating less meat and refined carbs, savouring my meals, not eating at my desk at work, stretching every morning and going for runs on the Prom.

    1. Malherbe Liezel March 27, 2017 at 3:43 pm

      Sounds amazing Emma! These are all my life goals. I love love love runs on the Prom! Thanks for entering 🙂

  8. Pravina W March 9, 2017 at 8:06 am

    I like and enjoy staying healthy by doing Pilates and working out every alternate day. Eating fresh and healthy foods and cutting down on sugar. To relieve the stress knots in my body I also have regular massages at a spa.

    1. Malherbe Liezel March 27, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      Well done Pravina! I need to get to a spa more often and work out these knots in my back. Your healthy habits sound brilliant. Thanks for entering.

  9. Bronwyn March 9, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Running & just generally enjoying life whilst taking note of what I put into my body. At 33 you get to know what works & what doesn’t.

    1. Malherbe Liezel March 27, 2017 at 3:40 pm

      I hear you Bronwyn! I’ve reached a point where my body clearly tells me what it likes and what it doesn’t want. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Roxanne Chutthergoon March 9, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Eating healthy, cutting out carbs and wheat. Exercising everyday even if is just some power walking. Exfoliating and keeping my skin healthy, drinking lots of water and popping into the spa for the occasional tlc therapy and pamper me for one party!

    1. Roxanne Chutthergoon March 9, 2017 at 10:23 am

      My email address got posted incorrectly and there is no way to amend. It is actually

      1. Malherbe Liezel March 27, 2017 at 3:37 pm

        Thanks Roxanne, got it!

    2. Malherbe Liezel March 27, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      Well done Roxanne! I agree that taking time to move every day is essential, even if it’s just for 30 minutes! Thanks for sharing and good luck 🙂

  11. chimenay van der merwe March 9, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    hey ladies i stay healthy by spinning 5 days a week and trying out the kayla itsines bbg 1 guides cutting out sugars and carbs its a bit difficult but i try to stay on track

    1. Malherbe Liezel March 27, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      Well done Chimenay! It’s challenging but so worth it! Thanks for sharing.

  12. abigail Moodley March 10, 2017 at 4:54 am

    Hi liezel

    I stay healthy in my city by hiking up the Helderberg mountain ( Strand,W.p) and going for regular beach walks. Soon there will be pole dancing classes which I cannot wait for?.

    1. Malherbe Liezel March 27, 2017 at 3:36 pm

      Helderberg reserve is so gorgeous! I grew up in Stellenbosch so I know that area well. And yes please on the pole dancing! Keen to try it out sometime. Thanks for entering.

  13. Kelley Petersen March 10, 2017 at 9:58 am

    I cycle with my twin sister, and practice mediation and mindfulness.

    1. Malherbe Liezel March 27, 2017 at 3:35 pm

      That’s brilliant Kelley! I think there is so much power in mindfulness and meditation. It’s as important as physical exercise. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Shai March 11, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    Hubby and I are always on a hunt for a good cappuccino around Sandton. On weekends we try avoid the car-mall-car-somewhere-else routine so we gave our cappuccino hunt some meaning and coined it “Urban Hiking”.. with a guaranteed reward at the end ?

    1. Malherbe Liezel March 27, 2017 at 3:34 pm

      I love this. It’s like a weekly treasure hunt 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  15. Lynnith Andreou March 12, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Hi! I live in Durban, and I try stay fit by keeping my veggie garden going, yes it is good exercise, and with the fresh air and getting stuck into the earth, is amazing. I love to swim as well, and run after 3 very active boys! X

    1. Malherbe Liezel March 27, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      I can imagine running after 3 boys keeps you fit! I would love to have a veggie garden, it sounds divine. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Janet Perry March 12, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    I try to keep fit and healthy by thinking twice about what I eat. We are vegetarian so I believe that’s a step in the right direction. I try to eat as much raw and fresh as possible and limit treats like chips and chocolate to the weekends. I’m also a “take the stairs not the elevator” type of person and that helps to keep me active and fit because I’m no gym bunny!!

    1. Malherbe Liezel March 27, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      Well done Janet! I’ve recently started limiting meat and it makes a huge difference. I find the longer I follow a healthy diet, the less I want junk foods – these days I don’t really crave these “treats” anymore. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Khathu Ramovha March 13, 2017 at 11:40 am

    I stay healthy by meditating in the morning for mind and spiritual health.
    A glass Of warm water with lemon and ginger to flush out the toxins.
    Drinking enough water throughout the day to keep hydrated.
    Eat a well balanced diet with fruits and vegetables.
    Practice yoga five times a week.
    Growing and maintaining a herb and vegetable garden.
    Teaching netball to teenage girls at a children’s home, to keep youthful and fit.

    1. Malherbe Liezel March 27, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      Your life sounds ideal Khatu! I wish I had space to grow my own veggies, and time for yoga every day. It is such a great way to find balance and gain strength. Thanks so much for sharing!

  18. Mashudu Nkanyangi March 13, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    I do breathing exercises to relax and take long walks in the morning. I avoid caffeine and prefer to drink herbal teas and loads of water. I switch off my phone, tablet and television after six to connect spiritually. I do belly dancing and pole dancing to firm up and stay active. I swim in the evening ti cool off.

    1. Malherbe Liezel March 27, 2017 at 3:26 pm

      Sounds wonderful Mashudu! I also found that limiting screen time makes a huge difference in my mood, anxiety and ability to sleep. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Jess March 15, 2017 at 4:34 am

    Lots of water. I feel that whatever goes in needs water to flush it out so I try my best to drink a good amount of water every day 🙂 I also NEVER go to bed without taking my makeup off, all the day’s dirt can’t stay there overnight!

    1. Malherbe Liezel March 27, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      Great healthy habits Jess! My entire philosophy is based on plenty of water, fiber, exercise and sleep. And yes, NEVER sleep with makeup on!

  20. Sabine March 15, 2017 at 5:05 am

    I stay healthy by having eliminated all sugar and processed food from my diet!

    1. Malherbe Liezel March 27, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      I agree Sabine, cutting out sugar and processed foods is the best way to kick start a healthier life. I believe in nourishing your body! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  21. Jacquie March 15, 2017 at 5:10 am

    Joburg is the best place to keep healthy. It’s sunny almost every day so I start my day with a walk up the Westcliff stairs which is as good a workout as any glutes could hope for. Next a big mug of hot water and lemon chased with fruit, yoghurt and supplements. During the day I avoid sugar and stress and chase quality time with family and friends. Bingo! And I have to add that Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant is the best beauty product ever made so I cannot wait to try the newby!

    1. Malherbe Liezel March 27, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      Sounds like you’ve nailed the healthy city life Jacquie, I’m envious! I agree that sugar and stress are the biggest culprits these days! Thanks for entering the giveaway and good luck, it really is a wonderful product!

  22. Tshego Thulo March 15, 2017 at 5:36 am

    I love my spa days at Sorbet – that once a month “alone time” away from life just to unwind keeps my skin healthy throughout especially since I am planning my wedding!!!

    I also run daily and do yoga weekly to keep me healthy and in shape 🙂

    1. Malherbe Liezel March 27, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      Ah spa days are a wonderful way to unwind, which is especially necessary before a wedding! Thanks for sharing!

  23. asha parbhoo March 15, 2017 at 6:27 am

    Living in a city which is a concrete jungle is not for sissies! ! My day starts with getting my mind in balance….I sit quietly for 10 mind and just focus on my breathing. Healthy nourishment for me means fueling my body for the day with a bowl of oats or an omelette. Then after dropping my kids I take of my physical wellbeing by working out for an hour . Then the crazy day begins. In the evening I practice 10 minutes of quiet time again….did I mention that I get through my 1.5 litre bottle of water every day?

    1. Malherbe Liezel March 27, 2017 at 3:14 pm

      Thanks for sharing Asha! I think that taking time to settle and quiet your mind is so important – well done for doing it daily. Personally it is something I aspire to but still struggle with. You’ve inspired me to get going again!

  24. Zoleka Ngqebe March 15, 2017 at 7:20 am

    I keep healthy in my city Johannesburg by eating clean and drinking water. I stay away from fizzy drinks and coffee. I also enjoy an hour walk daily.

    1. Malherbe Liezel March 27, 2017 at 3:11 pm

      Sounds brilliant Zoleka! Where do you like to walk?

  25. Keri Muller March 15, 2017 at 10:53 am

    I drink wine, hang out with people I love, swim in the sea daily and talk to my dog during long strolls in the forest – best mental and physical health routine ever

    1. Malherbe Liezel March 27, 2017 at 3:08 pm

      Sounds just about perfect Keri! I think just about every problem can be solved between a good glass of wine and a long chat with the woef.

  26. jade abbott March 15, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    I used to do Yoga and absolutely love it, Waterfront’s lorna jane hosted free classes. I also believe in a juice cleanse/detox and i wish I could do it every month but it’s quite pricey. so I jog along the lagoon as often as I can to keep healthy, i eat a fruit everyday a atleast 4 glasses of green tea 🙂

    1. Malherbe Liezel March 27, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      Sounds brilliant Jade! I love a yoga session; I find it really cleanses your mind of all the daily noise. Same with a good run outside. Thank you for sharing!

  27. Jasmine March 15, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    There is plenty of way of keeping healthy in Cape Town. But the best way to do is by drinking plenty of water, use veggies from my own herbs garden, and go out and hike during the weekend. Good sleeping pattern is also an important thing to do, I always tried to sleep as much as 8 hours a day, and never than 7.

    1. Malherbe Liezel March 27, 2017 at 3:01 pm

      I agree Jasmine. We are lucky to live in a city where there are so many ways to be active. Hiking is one of my favourite ways to stay fit and find some peace of mind. Thanks for sharing!

  28. Heleen Niere March 15, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    The Tygerberg nature reserve is 5 minutes away from my house. Regular walks in nature makes a difference to my life. I don’t drink soft drinks or even fruit juice that is full of calories. My drink of choice is water. I also find gardening is good for my body and soul.

    1. Malherbe Liezel March 27, 2017 at 3:00 pm

      Thanks for sharing Heleen! I find spending time in nature is the best way to unwind and regain perspective. And cutting down on sugary drinks is soooo important.

  29. Naidene Cooper March 16, 2017 at 9:00 am

    I am at the point in my life where I am more aware of what I put into my body and on my skin and how I take care of myself. I love walking and a bit of running, I live in a seaside town so it’s perfect. I will also be taking Hot Yoga classes which will be great for strength and muscle toning and stress of course!

    1. Malherbe Liezel March 27, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      I wish I could live in a seaside town! Every time I escape to one my soul fills up to the brim. Thanks for sharing your #HealthyHabits!

  30. Jax March 16, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    #dermalogicasa #dailysuperfoliant #agereversaleyecomplex #overnightretinolrepair After my recent skin mapping, I learned that my skin is under a bit of stress, especially from the environment. The sun, stress & smoking are the main culprits for prematurely ageing skin. But recently studies prove that the very air we breathe ages us as well. Air pollution particles are so small that they are able to enter our skin and can accelerate brown spots, fine lines and wrinkles and even UV rays are harmful to us all. I believe that we are masters of our own destiny. My destiny is in my hands, therefore at the start of 2017, I am determined to make deliberate lifestyle changes with proper eating habits, adequate exercise in order to get my heart rate up each day. I now use the stairs at the office instead of being lazy and using the elevator. I honestly drink 3 litres of water throughout my day and yes…I do make more frequent stops at the loo.
    It is still the first quarter of the year and my 2017 new year’s resolutions still stand – with becoming healthy and making healthy choices and following a healthy lifestyle, all becoming a priority. Procrastination has been a true enemy of time.
    I invested in a good quality juicer and smoothie maker which completely breaks down ingredients into a pulp free, fresh and delicious morning juices and breakfast smoothies. It even bursts open seeds, cracks through stems, and shreds tough skins to help you consume the normally unused nutrition and breaks down ingredients into their most nutritious, most absorptive state! Fruits and vegetables are sources of many vitamins, minerals and other natural substances that help protect from chronic diseases and maintain good health. Our bodies need fiber, folate, potassium, and vitamins A and C which can only be obtained from fruits and vegetables in its purest form. I want everything that has been trapped and my juicer is the most amazing machine as it liquefies everything I get to drink every drop of a delicious super drink, jam-packed with nutrients.
    Over the last few weeks, my skin is more radiant and brighter, even my eyes are clearer.
    My digestive system especially, so ready absorbs all the goodness from my fruits and veggies, including my not so favourite fruits and vegetables, which is now all blended into a smooth yummy drink.
    I decided to take back my life, my health and vitality and my resilience and my youth. My stomach is not a garbage can, so I don’t understand why I keep on putting garbage into it. I suppose that everything we do is based on habits. Now I’ve formed new habits and have broken that bad cycle which has overtaken me for years. I want to be in control now of what my intake is. I want to get into the habit of exercising good habits! Ive cut back on artificial sweeteners and sugars and started having limited organic honey. The natural sugar from fruits and veggies are all that we need to balance the sweetness or a dash of honey would do 
    I have also started brisk afternoon walks on the Umhlanga Pier. This actually helps me relax and de-stress as I take in deep long breaths of the fresh sea breeze. Park Runs each Saturday morning at Sun Coast Casino is also something I recently started. It’s so much fun, and I am loving the results…increased energy, improved sleep, reduced stress, improved digestion, lowered blood pressure, lowered cholesterol, balanced blood sugar. My only regret is not having started sooner…glowing, radiant clear skin, loss of belly fat and excess fat, a lean and toned physic. At night I go to bed early, and ensure that I have 8+ more hours of sleep. Ive also learned to switch off my phone early and not keep looking at updates after 20:00. I am thoroughly loving my new skin beauty routine which my sister told me all about with a few sample products from her recent Dermalogica skin mapping. She enticed me so much so that I also had a recent mapping done. Ever since, Ive been saving up to purchase all the products recommended for my skin type. I never knew how amazing and how easy it truly is to hold on to my youth for as long as I can. Thank you Dermalogica. I am so looking forward to trying out the incredible #dailysuperfoliant Ive been reading about.

    1. Malherbe Liezel March 27, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      Hey Jacqueline. Well done for deciding to make this shift to a healthy life and sticking to it. I found eating better, exercising and following a good skincare routine made all the difference. It is about respecting and loving your body, and that means nourishing it and caring for it. Thanks so much for sharing your conquests!


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