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LOOKING AFTER YOUR SKIN IN AN INCREASINGLY POLLUTED WORLD


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We are all aware that the effects of air pollution in or cities can be detrimental to our health, this includes the health of our skin. International Cosmeceutical Companies and Skin Specialists now agree that pollution is a great concern to skin health and skin ageing and they are working towards skincare that protects us from environmental stressors, as well as the sun.

Each day our skin is exposed to air pollution: traffic fumes, chemicals, cigarette smoke, dust, gas flames, construction sites, air-conditioning, heat and sun exposure - just to name but a few! All of these urban polluters have an impact on the quality of our skin and are known to cause skin concerns that increase aging, inflammation, dehydration and pigmentation. 

Exposure to cigarette smoke is known to directly break down collagen and elastin, leading to premature aging. Ozone leads to intensified age-spots, while contact with aromatic hydrocarbons increases the rate of pigmentation. All forms of oxides exposure leads to oxidative damage which can lead to atopic dermatitis and eczema. All of these pollutants in our environment leave internal damage too, which means our internal eco-system is down and will struggle to repair ailments presenting on our skin. An example of this is when environmental stress is high our squalene/cholesterol ratio is down which leads to acne.

PROTECTION STRATEGIES
Anti-Oxidants: Whether in nustrition or skincare, antioxidants fight against free-radical damage and mediate damage caused to the skin.
Film Formers: Used in skincare, this formulation technique prevents the entry of particulate matters into the deeper layers of the skin.
Sorbents & Coagulants: Used to remove topical pollutants in skincare, they absorbs and cleanse away pollution particles.

WHAT WE RECOMMEND
Medik8 Skincare are at the forefront of development, research and innovation on what is best for the skin and the way it naturally functions. Concerned about environmental stressors being big players in causing skin ailments, Medik8 introduced Moringa Seed in the Hydr8 Day 360 Moisturiser, Hydr8 Eye 360 and the new Physical Sunscreen

The Moringa Seed is native to Asia, Africa and South America and has been traditionally utilised to purify drinking water, as well as healing and detoxifying wounds and skin. It also covers our three biggest strategies for protecting against pollution as it is a rich anti-oxidant, it creates a film forming barrier to stop chemicals integrating into the skins natural defence layers and is absorbs any chemical toxicity.

Protect yourself from environmental damage with the Medik8 Hydr8 360 range or add the Medik8 Physical Sunscreen to your daily skin routine. 


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