How to Help Protect Your Skin From Pollution Even While Using Makeup with Dr. Hadley King

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We hear about the damage that pollution can cause our planet, but have you ever thought about what pollution is doing to your skin? Pollution in the air, such as car emissions, particles floating in the air, and other environmental stressors, can cause some damage to your complexion—especially if you live in a big city. But have no fear! Protective products that help pollution-proof your skin is the perfect solution. This week in the blog, we have board certified dermatologist Dr. Hadley King telling us about ingredients that help protect our skin, as well as what products we should be reaching for.

Start Clean

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The first thing we can do to help protect our skin from pollution is to ensure we are cleansing our skin every day. City Detox Environmental Defense Powder Cleanser helps break down dirt, oil, makeup, and impurities for a complexion that is smoother and brighter-looking even after daily exposure to environmental stressors, such as pollutants. Simply mix City Detox with water to gently exfoliate skin.

“Pollution in the air exposes the skin to environmental stressors, which can damage the skin and contribute to skin aging. It is important to cleanse the skin regularly to help remove environmental pollutants” says New York based dermatologist Dr. King. “This cleanser is formulated with papain, an enzyme derived from papaya that gently exfoliates the skin, and charcoal to absorb oil and other impurities from the skin.”

Protect and Hydrate

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You don’t have to compromise on hydration or pollution protection with BioDefense Environmental Protection Cloud Crème! This replenishing moisturizer helps to instantly hydrate and plump skin as it helps protect the skin from environmental stressors both morning and night. See what Dr. King has to say about BioDefense below:

“This hydrating gel is rich in humectants to plump the skin and emollients to support the skin barrier. BioDefense is also formulated with aloe, green algae, and dandelion extracts to offer antioxidant properties.”

Shield Your Skin

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Set your makeup and shield your skin with Set + Shield Environmental Defense Makeup Setting Mist! This lightweight spray helps protect skin from pollution and daily grime for a fresher and healthier-looking complexion. Simply mist your skin for a matte finish with skin protecting benefits.

“Antioxidants are key for protecting the skin from damage from free radicals that come from UV rays and pollution, says Dr. King. “Silica and charcoal powder help to absorb oil to provide a matte finish, while glycerin and aloe water help to hydrate the skin. Green tea leaf extract as well as other botanical extracts have antioxidant properties that help to protect the skin from damage from environmental stressors.”

An Extra Boost

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When you are wanting to give your skin an extra refresh, try Pollution Control Environmental Defense Charcoal Mask! This mask helps clarify and refine the look of skin as it draws out dirt, oil, and other impurities to deep clean skin and helps reduce the look of shine. Let’s see what Dr. King has to say about Pollution Control below:

“Great for oily, combination or congested skin. Lactic acid hydrates and gently exfoliates while charcoal and clay absorb excess sebum. Aloe hydrates and soothes and jojoba helps to support the skin barrier. Use 1-2 times per week.”

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