Protect Your Skin With Anti Pollution Skincare
You probably do a lot to protect your skin. You wear SPF during the daytime, eat a balanced diet, avoid alcohol, and drink plenty of water. One thing you cannot protect your skin from is the air.
Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and it’s the very thing that protects your entire body from the environment. What are you doing to protect your skin from the environment?
Enter anti-pollution skincare, a promising answer to the environment’s inevitable damage to our skin. Anti-pollution skincare is fortified with the ingredients your body needs to form a rebuttal to the things in the air that mean harm to your skin.
How Air Pollution Impacts Your Skin
As pleasant as it may be to roam free, most of us don’t live in a remote cabin up on a beautiful mountain. We live in suburbs or cities where cars are roaming everywhere, factories are hard at work, and we’re constantly coming into contact with chemicals.
Many people are reasonably concerned about breathing in the smog and smoke of civilization, but many people don’t consider what may happen when those particles land on our skin.
Pollution is just as volatile and damaging to the exterior of your body as it is to the interior of your body. It can destroy cells, dry out your skin, and destroy your skin’s natural defenses. It’s harmful to your microbiome and your lipid barrier, which are two essential functions of your skin.
What Does Anti-Pollution Skincare Do?
Anti-pollution skincare initiates something similar to a call and response chain of events. Free radicals come into contact with your skin, looking for cells to damage.
The antioxidants respond to that call by doling out pieces of themselves. The free radicals get what they came for, and the antioxidant was happy to give it. Underneath all of this, your healthy skin cells are much less likely to suffer from the damaging effects of free radicals.
What is a Free Radical?
Free radicals are things that can affect your body from both the inside and the outside. Free radicals can come from many places and be any number of things, but they all have one core fact in common.
They’re molecules with an unpaired electron. In simple terms, this means that the cell of a free radical is incomplete and volatile. Its prime directive is to fix itself. To do that, it needs to take an electron from somewhere else.
When free radicals land on your skin, they’ll attempt to take that electron from one of your skin cells. Your skin cells need that electron to stay alive and healthy. Free radicals continue to pillage until they’ve damaged the surface layer of your skin.
This damage can result in unhealthy skin that may even appear more aged than it actually is. Everyone’s skin reacts differently to this type of damage, but things like redness, dryness, irritation, dark spots, dull complexion, and a look of laxity are common effects of this damage.
What is an Antioxidant?
Antioxidants are vitamins and minerals that exist in all sorts of plants. They’re in flowers, herbs, berries, and teas. They aren’t some separate classification of nutrients but a category that many nutrients also fall in.
Vitamin C and zinc are antioxidants in addition to being a vitamin and a mineral, respectively.
These vitamins and minerals are classified as antioxidants because they have a lot of electrons. They’re also very generous. When a free radical makes contact with an antioxidant, that antioxidant will happily hand over as many electrons as the free radicals need.
This exchange is beneficial both on your skin and inside of your body. When free radicals are looking for cells to destroy, antioxidants step up to the plate. They protect you by allowing themselves to be destroyed so that your healthy cells can continue to thrive.
Anti-pollution skincare products are loaded with these antioxidants. By applying these antioxidants as a barrier between your face and the outside world, you’re increasing the chances that a free radical will find and pillage an antioxidant before it has an opportunity to reach your skin cells.
Does Anti-Pollution Skincare Actually Work?
Anti-pollution skincare is designed to protect your skin from the negative impact of these pollutants and mitigate some of the damage they may cause. But be wary: not all anti-pollution skincare is created equally.
Since the term “anti-pollution” isn’t regulated, any company can slap the word on the label to convince people to buy it. However, you need to check the ingredients list to ensure that what you’re getting can mitigate the effects of air pollution.
The easy and lazy way to check if a skincare product has sufficient antioxidant properties is to look for plants on the ingredients list. Since most things that grow from the earth are naturally high in antioxidants, any product that contains plants is likely to carry the antioxidants with it.
How Caldera + Lab Protects Your Skin From Pollution
Caldera + Lab takes a comprehensive approach to skincare. Our skincare products are not exclusively anti-pollution products. They’re designed to take a holistic approach when it comes to skin health. They address the effects of environmental stressors, support your skin’s microbiome, help to reduce visible signs of aging, and boost the skin’s ability to manage dark spots.
One of the key benefits of our moisturizer, The Base Layer, is its ability to form a protective barrier between your skin and the free radicals that seek to do it harm. We use a wide array of plants that boast significant antioxidant properties to maximize the protective potential of The Base Layer, such as:
- Plant biopolymers
- Tara fruit pod extract
- Sunflower sprout microgreens
- Wild indigo condensates
- Green tea
Every single one of these ingredients will willingly give away its electrons to protect your skin from free radical damage.
At the same time, The Base Layer provides deep hydration to your skin with ingredients like glacial minerals, oat protein, plant squalane, rainforest Bacuri butter, mushroom polysaccharides, and elkhorn sea moss.
Plant stem cells work to support the health of your skin while protecting it against blue light, infrared light, and UV light.
Keeping Your Skin Healthy
We’ve made it easy to keep your skin healthy. There’s no need to jump through hoops or juggle tons of products. You only need three. The Clean Slate is a cleanser that works to support your skin’s microbiome while naturally managing harmful bacteria on the surface of the skin.
The Good is a skincare concentrate serum that provides a wealth of benefits when it deeply hydrates your skin through the surface layer. Just a few drops of potent active botanicals are all it takes to experience clinically proven improvements to the health and appearance of your skin.
The Base Layer is essentially the icing on the cake. After you’ve cleansed and applied your serum, The Base layer works to keep the moisture locked in and protect your skin from the external threats of air pollution.
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