How does pollution effect the skin?
Although our skin acts as biological shield - the famous acid mantle, prolonged or repetitive exposure to high levels of pollutants may have profound negative effects on the skin. This happens because highly unstable molecules (aka free radicals), start to damage the skin's natural skin barrier. Once this barrier is jeopardized, pollutants can seep deep into our skin, speeding up the degradation of the cells, causing collagen and lipids to start to break down which then causes aging.
What are free radicals?
Free radicals are particles that are known to damage healthy cells in our body. These unstable molecules are missing an electron and seek to steal an electron from stable molecules in order to stabilize themselves. Hence why free radicals are responsible for breaking down our skin's collagen, resulting in skin blemishes like wrinkling, dark spots, fine lines and loose, saggy skin. Although free radicals are produced naturally in the body, they can be found almost everywhere around us. Some common free radical triggers are the sun’s UV rays, environmental aggressors, pollution, cigarette smoke, and toxins.
Skincare Products to combat pollution:
From Biologique Recherche, you have the entire collection VIPO2 that was designed for battling pollution and bigger cities! Biologique Recherche's oxygenating complex has perfluorodecalin, a compound known to enhance oxygen delivery; which stimulates cell exchanges, that increase the results of the active ingredients. It's anti-pollution, DELIVERS oxygen to the skin and is purifying. Its active ingredients enable cells to breath better so they can produce more energy and higher-quality proteins. Its protective, detoxifying components limit the accumulation of oxidized proteins and the propagation of pollutants in the epidermis.
We have Lait VIPO2, Masque VIPO2, Creme VIPO2, Serum Yall'02, Creme contour des yeux VIPO2, Fluide VIPO2 and Le Grand Serum. All of these products will maintain the health and integrity of the skin PLUS helping you combat free radicals! You can mix and match these products with other parts of the Biologique Recherche line.
Personally, I love how brightening and energizing this line is. Once I use Lait VIPO2 (not meant for sensitive skin) my skin has become more unified. Masque VIPO2, don't even get me started on it. I apply it full face, including under the eyes and chest and oh my gosh, once removed, my complexion is no where near dull! Fluide VIPO2 acts as a shield during the day and plus I use it under my eyes with creme contour des yeux VIPO2 underneath. It's a great makeup primer as well!