Every day and throughout our lives, we’re exposed to a variety of background factors that can affect the condition of our skin. In fact, there’s a term for that exposure: exposome. Pollution and UV rays are two of the major culprits. What effect do they have? And more importantly, what can we do to protect ourselves? Here’s a quick look at some beauty habits that can help.
FACTORS THAT HARM OUR SKIN
The skin is the single largest organ in your body, forming a protective layer that keeps harmful elements out and moisture in. But, with time and the effort it takes to defend itself, your skin becomes more fragile. Its defense systems become less effective, the cells regenerate more slowly, its pH becomes out of balance and moisture loss accelerates. The result: your skin becomes dull, more reactive and more likely to show signs of aging.
THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF POLLUTION AND UV RAYS
- Pollutants in the form of micro particles block the pores, contribute to dehydration and prevent proper oxygenation. As a result, your skin loses its lustre and resilience, becoming more susceptible to blemishes and blackheads.
- UVA and UVB Rays penetrate our skin daily, regardless of weather or season. And their effects aren’t just limited to sunburns. They can also accelerate the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots, and they’re linked to the development of certain types of skin cancer.
DES GESTES BEAUTÉ POUR NOUS PROTÉGER
CHOOSE THE RIGHT SKINCARE PRODUCTS
More and more skincare products are designed to help fight environmental stress factors. Their active ingredients help repair the skin, reinforce its protective barrier and nourish it deeply to help it regain its natural vitality. Many products also contain sunscreens to protect against UV rays. These are the kinds of products you want in your beauty routine! And here are the steps to follow to help your skin fight back.
Washing your face every morning and night is essential. Upon waking, washing helps remove the excess sebum produced during the night. It also helps your skin fully absorb your skincare products. Before going to bed, washing gets rid of makeup and impurities that have accumulated throughout the day, helping your skin breathe more easily while you sleep. To wash your skin properly without drying it out, make sure you choose a gentle cleanser, like a milk or cream or a micellar foaming cleanser.
Make sure to use a scrub or peel on your face and neck once a week to completely unclog your pores and eliminate dead skin cells. And remember to exfoliate just before bedtime because skin-cell regeneration is at its peak while you sleep.
Well-moisturized skin is more effective at fighting environmental aggression and what’s more, it stays young looking longer. So, to give your skin the moisture it needs, choose a formula rich in antioxidants and thirst-quenching ingredients like hyaluronic acid. In addition to helping your skin stay supple, these active ingredients will help fight the free radicals that accelerate aging.
Good habit: Want to make the most of your moisturizer? Apply a serum or a booster first. The active ingredients will fortify your skin, reinforce its protective barrier and help it retain all its natural vitality.
This intense anti-pollution moisturizing cream delivers long-lasting hydration by ensuring the appropriate supply and distribution of water molecules, replenishing the essential moisture skin naturally loses every day. Offers protection from pollution and fortifies your natural hydration barrier for plumper, more radiant skin with a silky smooth texture. Silicone and paraben free, this moisturizing cream has a subtle blurring effect. The imperfections seem less apparent, the fine lines appear smoother and the pores less visible. The ultra-complete hydra intense formula combines an optimiser complex with hydra 3D technology for complete hydration that targets the 3 dimensions of hydration: supply, diffusion and retention of water molecules. This combinaison provides long-lasting deep hydration for quenched and replenished skin.
The Canadian Dermatology Association recommends using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day, no matter what the season or the weather. To make your beauty routine easier, choose a day cream that already contains sunscreen or blend a little sunscreen into your foundation.