Pop quiz! What do you think is the #1 culprit that causes skin damage?
Smart guess! But you may not be entirely right.
While UV rays are still a top factor for causing damage to our skin, working women in cities who spend most of their time in office environments are affected by another equally damaging skin aggressor: environmental pollutants.
We are talking about the environmental pollutants that we can’t avoid in the city: particulate matter (dirt, smoke, dust, and smoke), heavy metals, infrared radiation, and blue light (emitted by digital devices).
Studies have shown that even with good sun protection, women who work in cities are still suffering from signs of accelerated ageing precisely because they are exposed to these environmental pollutants.
Now that you know environmental pollutants can harm your skin, are you ready to defend yourself against them?
Unfortunately, defending our skin against environmental pollutants requires a conscious effort involving the right skincare routine and a set of skincare products that are designed for anti-pollution.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
1. Avoid environmental pollutants
As much as possible, stay away from places where you know smog is produced (e.g. near factories or busy roads) and smoking areas. Put away your electronic devices like your smartphones, tablets, and laptops.
2. Step up your cleansing routine
It may look like the most basic step – but guess what – it is also the most important step. If you spend a lot of time massaging serum into your skin but don’t care as much about cleansing, you shouldn’t be surprised about clogging in your skin.
Make sure your makeup is thoroughly cleansed first thing when you get home, and remember to double cleanse – that means to cleanse again with a foam cleanser after the makeup remover. Spend time foaming up the cleanser and massaging it all over your face to make sure you don’t miss a single spot.
3. Invest in anti-pollution skincare products
You may have a series of products that treat specific concerns, such as improving the appearance of dull skin, wrinkles, or to help your skin be more hydrated. There’s nothing wrong with this, but you have to understand that you may not necessarily be treating the problem at its roots.
Your skin problems may be caused or aggravated by environmental pollution, which is known to make skin look more tired, dry, and aged. If you work in an urbanised city like Singapore, chances are you’re exposed to pollution and may need to switch your products to those with anti-pollution properties so as to treat the issues precisely. This way, you’ll not just be treating specific symptoms but also observe long-lasting improvements to your complexion.
Psst, read till the end to find out how you can collect complimentary samples of great anti-pollution products.
Revolutionary anti-pollution skincare products to try
We were impressed when we were first introduced to SABON. The brand that’s probably best known for their world-renowned body scrub made from essential oils and dead sea salt is one of the most forward-thinking ones that has a skincare line that’s designed specially for anti-pollution.
This is what city-dwellers have been waiting for: the SABON new and improved Ocean Secrets Anti-Pollution collection.
Consisting of 10 products that are specially formulated to create a protective layer to protect skin against air pollution and environmental damage, the collection helps neutralise toxic oxidants, stimulate tired skin, and restore brightness and glow – problems that are common in complexion affected by pollution. In other words, you”ll get an all-rounded skincare routine without having to worry about skin aggressors that you’re constantly exposed to in your daily life!
What’s the secret to this revolutionary collection? Well, it lies in two unique ingredients that are specially picked for their anti-pollution benefits.
Laminaria Digitata Seaweed: This unique seaweed helps preserve skin’s vitality and save skin from damage. It does so by creating an invisible protective barrier on skin, removing environmental pollutant particles from skin as you cleanse it, while protecting and de-polluting skin at the same time.
Marrubium Vulgare Extract: Improve skin cell metabolism with this edible herb. This is able to protect skin cells from the penetration of environmental pollutants, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. It also removes and neutralises toxic oxidants that damages skin.
The SABON Ocean Secrets Anti-Pollution line has a very comprehensive range of products including: Foaming Cleanser, Facial Toner, Facial Toning Serum, Moisturizing Facial Cream, Moisturizing Facial Cream SPF15, Night Cream, Eye Cream, Rich Moisturizing Facial Mask, Facial Care Mask, and Dead Sea Mud Facial Mask.
In other words, an extensive and comprehensive range of products that you’ll ever need in your skincare routine.
But if you’re looking to start off with a few products from the range first, here are our favourites:
Anti-Pollution Foaming Cleanser
You can look forward to thoroughly cleansed skin that’s hydrated with this cleanser. It produces a light foam that gently cleanses and removes dirt and makeup without drying or irritating skin. Its anti-pollution benefits makes it an important first line of defence for your skin by removing any build-up of environmental pollutants that accumulate on your skin.
Anti-Pollution Night Cream
Want to wake up to nourished, regenerated, and soothed skin? You can, thanks to this moisturiser. Your skin repairs itself from daily stress as you sleep. This night cream works in harmony with your natural night-time rejuvenation cycle to calm the effects of environmental pollutants on your skin.
Finally, here’s the pampering treat that will give your skin an extra boost of defence against environmental pollutants.
At least once a week, indulge in a mask from the SABON’s Ocean Secrets Anti-Pollution line, which consists of three masks for different skin types. All of them offer antioxidation effect and neutralise environmental pollutants and toxins that have penetrated your skin.
Pick the Anti-Pollution Rich Moisturizing Facial Mask if you have normal to dry skin, the Anti-Pollution Facial Care Mask if you have normal to oily skin, and go for the Anti-Pollution Dead Sea Mud Facial Mask if you have oily skin.
The SABON flagship boutique is located at #B1-30A, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Ngee Ann City. The 350-square foot store is SABON’s first boutique in Southeast Asia, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy the shopping experience, which is enhanced with therapeutic scents and music.You may also find SABON at their newest location at SABON TANGS at Tang Plaza, 310 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238864.
Visit the stores for complimentary samples of this revolutionary collection and try it for yourself!