One of the top 5 beauty trends in 2018 is anti-pollution skincare products. Is this only a fad or should you be concerned about the effect of pollution on your skin? Surely as a South African, you don’t have to be too worried about air pollution?
According to the WHO (World Health Organization), 1 out of 10 people dies yearly from pollution. In South Africa, 7.4% deaths is caused by pollution. That is about 21,000 South Africans.
WHO defines air pollution as “contamination of both indoor and outdoor environments by any chemical, physical, or biological agent.”
You may think staying away from the smog and dirty exhaust fumes safeguards you, but it doesn’t.
Why Your Skin Needs Protection Against Air Pollution
It’s not always what you can see that kills or damages your skin. The culprit, PM 2.5, is 40 times smaller than a grain of sand. PM stands for particulate matter and 2.5 is the size of the particle.
As the largest organ, your skin is daily exposed to the environment, indoors (fires, cooking, smoking) and outdoors—to PM 2.5.
The main function of the skin is to be the barrier that protects the body from harmful environmental elements like viruses, bacteria, sunlight, allergens AND particulate matter. There are 4 ways the skin barrier is penetrated:
- Scrapes, scratches, and cuts (mechanical)
- Moving through hair follicles (trans-follicular)
- Moving through skin cells (trans-cellular)
- Moving in between the spaces of the skin cells (intracellular)
Hair follicles cover 10% of the skin area that is exposed to the environment. Hair follicles are big enough for particulate matter to enter in.
The moment your skin detects this foreign matter, the skin’s immune system acts to isolate and remove the danger. This process causes inflammation and leads to various skin issues and diseases:
- Age Spots
- Skin Ageing
- Skin Cancer
The damage caused by PM and other air pollution substances can be contained and prevented. How? By helping your skin to do its job…by protecting your skin so it can protect your body.
How To Protect Your Skin Against Air Pollution
By using an anti-pollution face cleanser and moisturizer, you will help your skin to combat air pollution. Although some beauty products may contain ingredients that protect against air pollution, these products aren’t focused on actively protecting your skin against pollution.
Essential Micellar Water face cleanser and MatisCity moisturizer are anti-pollution beauty products for all skin types.
Essential Micellar Water Anti-Pollution Face Cleanser
As a face cleaner Essential Micellar Water cleanses and removes make-up traces and air pollution impurities.
Pollution suffocates your skin cells. By eliminating the pollution, the cleanser allows your skin to breathe.
This gentle eye cleanser can be used around your eye contour areas as well.
MatiSCity Anti-Pollution Moisturizer
MatiSCity is a moisturizer and anti-pollution cream that limits and works again skin issues caused by pollution:
- Dull complexion,
- Dry skin,
- Inflammation, and
- Oxidative stress.
MatiSCity hydrates the skin and calms the inflamed skin. The moisturizer heals the oxygen deprived skin giving you a bright, healthy complexion.
Why use Matis Anti-pollution cleanser and moisturizer? How do these products work?
Essential Micellar Water and MatiSCity’s active ingredients limits and combats the negative effect of pollution by:
- Double antipollution action with Matisystem PMO3. Strengthens the skin barrier and protects the skin against PM 2.5 penetration. Free radicals are trapped and neutralized. Repair of cellular metabolism reduces inflammation and restores the energy levels.
- Aquaregul Complex. Limits dehydration by strengthening the barrier and optimizing skin water reserves.
- Cranberry Extract. The antioxidant properties help fight premature aging of the skin caused by pollution.
- Roses’ Floral Water. Soothes and calms the inflamed and irritated skin.
Help protect your skin so that your skin can protect your body. You can buy Essential Micellar Water and MatiSCity online or you can contact your Matis Beauty Expert for an Anti-Pollution Treatment.
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