We all know that it’s a must to protect our skin from damaging UV rays as sun damage can cause premature aging. But have you ever thought about how pollution affects your skin?
Being constantly exposed to air pollution is not only bad for your health, it also wreaks havoc on your skin. Pollution irritates your skin, leading to breakouts, dryness and a dull complexion. It also weakens your skin barrier, leaving you with sensitive and inflamed skin.
There may be no way of escaping from pollution but luckily there are ways to protect your skin and to keep your skin barrier strong and healthy. Here are some must-have Korean skin care products to keep your skin protected from pollution:
Always cleanse your skin at the end of the day
It’s important to always wash your face at the end of the day because you don’t want any impurities from air pollutants, such as dust or smoke, to linger on your skin. Reach for NEOGEN’s Dermalogy Real Fresh Foam Green Tea cleanser. It’s formulated with green tea leaf and green tea water to help soothe sensitive and dry skin, and also effectively removes a day’s worth of makeup and grime without stripping your skin’s natural barrier.
Defend your skin with a Vitamin C serum
Nobody wants to have a stressed complexion but unfortunately being exposed to pollution can cause that. Incorporating a Vitamin C serum into your daily skin care routine is a great way to ensure your skin gets sufficient protection from damaging free radicals and other external aggressors.
SOME BY MI’s Galactomyces Pure Vitamin C Glow Serum contains a blend of galactomyces and pure Vitamin C that soothes irritations and brightens up your skin. It also contains niacinamide and adenosine for an extra boost of radiance, and improves the appearance of wrinkles.
You can always count on a sheet mask
When nothing else seems to work to calm your skin down, a sheet mask is always a foolproof choice. For skin that easily gets irritated, treat it with a soothing sheet mask like esfolio’s Aloe Essence Mask Sheet. This sheet mask calms irritated, tired and dry skin. Its key ingredients – including aloe leaf, portulaca, Panax ginseng, and Chinese quince extracts – work together to give your skin a boost of hydration and nourishment.
Incorporate a ceramide-infused moisturizer into your routine
When it comes to protecting your skin from harsh pollutants, it’s good to look for products with ingredients like ceramides. These are fatty acids that help your skin retain moisture and create a protective barrier to shield your skin from aggressors.
The Good Cera Super Ceramide Cream from Holika Holika is packed with nourishing ingredients that your skin will love, such as beta-glucan, shea butter and aloe vera. Slather this on both day and night and your skin will feel deeply moisturized all day long.