Everything You Need to Know About Anti-Pollution Skincare
Protecting the skin from environmental damage
There’s a lot of buzz around anti-pollution products in the beauty world, but here at The NATIVES Co. we love to cut through the hype and get down to the facts. Prompted by big city living combined with exhausting stressful modern lifestyles it is no wonder anti-pollution and anti-stress taglines and callouts are being seen on the labels of our beauty products. What is noteworthy however, is that anti-pollution is not new to clean beauty. Driven by key active ingredients that support the skin health and “feed” the microbiome and underpinned by a simple routine, clean beauty forms the foundation of holistic beauty.
The terms “anti-pollution “and “anti-stress” are not regulated. These are a marketing terms used by skincare companies and are generally not substantiated by external studies. What we do know, and what has been proven by science is that there are a number of key ingredients that protect the skin from all sources of damage including environmental pollutants and the ravages of high stress living. These actives work their magic on many levels:
1. Pre + Probiotics
A healthy microbiome is the best accessory you can have! Pre+ probiotics in your skincare work to restore and balance the microorganisms living on the skin. Like your fingerprint your microbiome is unique to you, a healthy microbiome allows the skin to function at its optimum, defending against environmental pollutants and the impact of stress on the skin. When you support and restore balance to your biome typically the first improvement you will see is an improvement in acne and breakouts. Followed by a more refined skin tone and texture, think more refined pores and then a more balanced skin function – sedum production is under control; hydration is improved, and excess oil is lessened. Brands like AMALA and VENN are leading the indie beauty charge (and raising the bar for mainstream skincare) with their nature meets science approach to skin health.
It’s easy to incorporate pro + prebiotic products into your regimen, starting with your most frequently used products. When it comes to anti-pollution care, cleansing is vital to clearing the skin of the particulate load of pollutants that accumulate on the skin. A pre+probiotic cleanser like the AMALA Rejuvenate Silkening Creamy Moisture Cleanse is a creamy balancing cleanser that instantly removes impurities from the complexion. Formulated with a protective, skin-balancing power shot of Cocoa Bean probiotics and enhanced with vegan prebiotics to help minimize inflammation, replenish collagen and maximize firmness, lactic acid helps to speed up cell turnover while Chia Seed Polysaccharides offer ultra-light hydration helps to repair the skin barrier. The skin is left ultra-clean without being stripped of its natural oils. Finish your cleanse with AMALA Rejuvenate Age Defence Anti-Pollution Toning Mist to balance the skin’s pH post-cleanse. The pre+probiotic Infusion of Cocoa Bean probiotics is again enhanced with vegan prebiotics to help minimize inflammation, boosted with Vitamin C and French Marshmallow Extract, acting as a protective barrier throughout the day defending the skin from pollutants and environmental damage.
This powerful mist is much more than a basic toner. Protective bio-actives help create a weightless, breathable shield that melts into skin’s surface to help fend off pollution and environmental stressors. Helps purify and protect skin from the signs of environmental aging. Best For: Anti-aging, all skin types.
2. Boost with Antioxidants
For the best anti-pollutant treatment serum used morning and night, antioxidants are key. Antioxidants defend against free radicals that damage healthy cells and result in fine lines and wrinkles, skin marks like pigmentation or age spots and a loss of radiance and tone in the complexion. Vitamins A, B, C and E are a rich source of antioxidants and are well tolerated and bioavailable to the skin, when combined with pre+ probiotics you have a very powerful active line of defense.
The VENN Probiotics Cica Complex Biome Booster is a Certified Microbiome booster that comes with a luxury price tag worth EVERY cent! Problematic skin has been transformed with this serum. For my normal skin, I saw the anti-ageing benefits that now certainly have a “dependence” on this bottle of gold. A little goes a long way as it’s a highly concentrated formulation. Saccharomyces Ferment is an anti-aging probiotic that promotes collagen production, with anti-wrinkle, brightening, cellular repair benefits, Lactobacillus Ferment a well-known probiotic to soothe the skin and strengthen the skin barrier and Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate a probiotic to refine and minimise the pores, restore sebum balance and improve acne. It also aids in addressing pigmentation by reducing dark spots and skin marks. When combined with Niacinamide (B3) the anti-ageing benefits compound, skin is protected against environmental stressors, the skin barrier is strengthened and the skin more hydrated.
VENN’s microbiome balance system™ in a supercharged serum that soothes, strengthens and renews the skin barrier. Lifts the skin for a perfectly revitalized and balanced complexion.
Best for: All skin types, including for post-treatment, reactive and sensitive skin.
3. Occlusive Moisturiser
We have just heard of the amazing benefits of antioxidants, when combined with ceramides in occlusive moisturisers they are a powerful defence against environmental ageing. Ceramides boost the skin barrier function and “seal in” the actives in your treatments. Importantly they help prevent TEWL (transepidermal water loss).
The VENN Age-Reversing All-in-One Concentrate is a luxurious multi-correctional cream that is clinically proven to hydrate and treat in a single step. The secret is the powerful blend of antioxidants and high-performance peptides, clinically proven to deeply hydrate and effectively improve the skin’s complexion in a single step. Panax Ginseng, Maitake Mushroom, Green Tea Leaves, French Maritime Pine Bark, Milk Thistle Root, and Red Onion Shells are some of the formula’s key ingredients including Compound K, the main anti-ageing bioactive component of Panax Ginseng. So many benefits and it’s ideal for anyone who doesn’t want to layer a serum or is looking for a simple step routine that is still truly effective.
An intensely luxurious multi-correctional cream. Scientifically formulated using potent concentrations of naturally derived antioxidants and high-performance peptides, clinically proven to deeply hydrate and effectively improve the skin’s complexion in a single step.
Best for: Formulated for all skin types and those that prefer a light-weight fluid texture.
Oxidative stress caused by sun exposure damages the skin barrier and leads to irritation and inflammation. Prolonged exposure to UV will cause premature ageing and increased sensitivity, this looks like blotched and pigmented skin, fine lines and dark spots that are difficult to fade. Daily protection with a natural sunscreen made of all-natural zinc oxide will have you very thankful in your forties, fifties and beyond when your skin is vulnerable to showing the ravages of sun exposure.
The WOTNOT SPF 30 Natural Face Sunscreen and BB Cream is a lightweight untinted BB cream that rubs in easily, leaving no white cast residue, and is ideal under your makeup or worn alone. The matte lightweight sheer formula is silky to use and doesn’t clog the pores or cause breakouts!
5. Anti-pollution Skin saving Foundation
I often hear people say, “I don’t like to wear makeup everyday as I like my skin to breath and take a rest from makeup”, but when using the right makeup I couldn’t disagree more with this approach! I’m not saying you need a full face every day, but a good clean, all-natural makeup foundation works as an extra line of defence in protecting the skin from pollution and the botanical actives work day-long bringing benefits to the complexion.
A handy stick foundation in an all-natural skin loving formula, giving your skin the benefits of a hydrating lotion without the breakouts. This formulation glides on like a nourishing crème foundation finishing to a weightless, silky powder. Skin looks airbrushed, flawless and natural.
Best for: weightless natural looking coverage.
Formulated with a sophisticated blend of ingredient this plant-based powder foundation gradually improves the skin’s appearance by restoring the look of vibrancy and luminosity. Skin looks flawless and hydrated with a weightless feel.
Best For: all skin types, in particular sensitive and reactive skin types and those looking for easy on the go application.
Volume: 12 grams
Healthy habits aligned to a good skincare regimen offer a holistic approach to great skin health that is resilient and strong against the ravages of environmental stressors. Prioritise daily exercise to increase the metabolism and help eliminate toxins from the body, create consistent sleeping patterns to reduce the stress load and systemic inflammation- important in reducing inflamed skin, and a balanced diet that works for your lifestyle all work together in the defence against the impact of pollution and stress on the skin and body.