City life leaving your skin lacklustre? Not only can pollution lead to a dull, congested complexion, research shows particulate matter (airbone debris) triggers oxidative stress, causing skin ageing, pigmentation and wrinkles. ‘There is now compelling evidence pollutants accelerate ageing and may drive DNA damage associated with melanoma,’ says skincare specialist Katharine Mackenzie Paterson.
Enter Puressentiel Organic Essential Elixir (£34.99; boots, com), a new blend of eight oils, including immortelle (known as the arnica of aromatherapy), proven to reduce visible skin damage caused by pollution and regenerate skin cells. ‘A clinical trial showed that, after 28 days of use, skin roughness reduced by 37 per cent and the appearance of dark circles by 64 per cent,’ says Paterson.
‘This intensive lip treatment is incredibly hydrating. It stays on and penetrates to moisturise from within.’
This super-charged skin saviour uses vitamin C, E and A, plus olive leaf extract to combat inflammation and tree-radical damage. Ideal for rosacea.
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DR ROEBUCK’S TAMA HEALING MASK £25; spacenk.com
Infused with antibacterial turmeric, antibacterial manuka honey and hydrating avocado oil, this healing mask reduces redness, helping acne, sun damage and inflamed skin.
Whenyou switch to organic skincare, you may have a “skin detox”, where skin cleanses itself of man-made chemicals. It can take three weeks until you see a difference to skin.
HEALGEL INTENSIVE BY HEALGEL £37.50; spacenk.com
Created by leading cosmetic surgeons, this rescue gel contains arnica to reduce swelling, hexapeptides to regenerate skin and madecassoside to ease redness and irritation.
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