What is blue light? We all know about UVA and UVB rays (and wear broad-spectrum SPF every day to protect ourselves, right?). Think of blue light in the same family. “Blue light is a spectrum of light that is emitted mainly by the sun, but also by our digital devices,” Andrea explains “as our use of such devices increases, so does our exposure to blue light”. How does blue light affect the skin? Again, think about how UV rays penetrate the skin at different levels. “Blue light has one of the shortest, highest-energy wavelengths which means it can penetrate the…Read more
Welcome to Ask Betty, a regular column wherein your resident agony aunt answers all of your burning questions – beauty, not boyfriend drama. You’re going to want to take notes.
By Beth Ludolf
Hey Betty, I’ve just moved to London and I’ve heard the pollution can cause breakouts. What can I do to prevent them?
Ellie B, 25
Being exposed to pollution is (unfortunately) inevitable, especially if you live in a city. We often hear about the effect breathing in pollution can have on our overall health, but what about our skin? I consulted Victoria Schofield, educator at Dermalogica and expert in all-things-skin, “We’re seeing more and more research linking air pollution to skin damage as a result of the pollution particles entering the skin through our pores.”, she explains.
Healthy skin relies on its barrier to protect against sensitivity and keep in moisture (yep, that means the barrier is integral to dewiness). “Environmental pollutants cause damage to the skin’s protective barrier and reduce its self-repair mechanism.” – according to Victoria, this can lead to sensitivity, dehydration, breakouts and uneven skin tone, as well as – brace yourself – premature ageing.
But don’t pack your bags for the countryside just yet. You can protect your skin from pollution just like you do with sun damage (SPF, daily. No exceptions). Victoria recommends doubling up on cleansing to remove toxins, “using an oil-based product for your first cleanse will help lift pollutants from the skin” she explains, “then for your second cleanse, you can actually clean the skin with a cleanser suited to your skin”. Top tip: vitamins C and E are antioxidants – look for skincare products boasting these as ingredients.
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