How an Anti-Pollution Routine Can {save} Your Skin

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Our skin’s appearance reflects more than product quality; it shows our health. Internal and external factors can create breakouts, and as climate change becomes increasingly pressing, the beauty community is asking how #greenbeauty can protect skin against pollution.

When healthy, skin functions as a protective layer between your body and the environment. But, according to Dr. Valacchi Giuseppe, it’s less able to do so when environmental stressors continually wear it down. Between free radicals and bumped-up inflammation, pollution creates a damaged skin barrier that ages quicker, breaks out easier and is especially at-risk of diseases and conditions like eczema, psoriasis and skin cancer.

Brands are rushing to create products that protect skin from an increasingly in-crisis planet, and {save} is one that delivers especially thoughtful and effective options in the anti-pollution skincare crusade.

{save} has it all. Their formulas feature premium, biodegradable ingredients that meet EU standards of clean beauty –– and are housed in recyclable packaging! Designed for sensitive skin, this collection focuses on anti-aging and, you guessed it, anti-pollution. From repairing the skin barrier to developing future protection, there’s a {save} product for every step of the pollution-fighting process.

Step 1: Get Skin Back in Good Health 

If you live in the city like me, you might already notice your skin dulling and drying from pollution. The first step to reversing this damage is to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. {save}’s Soothing Sheet Mask is made with water and cellulose, a natural humectant known for promoting skin’s moisture. Pair this with ceramide-rich products to ensure the skin is properly lubricated and able to easily repair itself. 

Taking a break from retinol and acids is another key to preserving the skin barrier. Even with their superpower, these ingredients may further irritate the skin. While rebuilding your barrier, opt for the Anti-pollution Sleeping Mask made with shea butter, glycerin, bacillus ferment and ectoin to soothe inflammation and dryness while regenerating bright, healthy skin.

Step 2: Stimulate the Good Components

Once your skin is back in fighting shape, add ingredients and products that motivate cell turnover and repair. {save}’s Anti-pollution Vitamin C Booster includes the holy grail ingredient in an easy addition to your routine. Add a pump to your moisturizer to strengthen your skin’s protective and moisture-holding abilities, plus reverse signs of aging.

Also, don’t slack on the antioxidants. These components encourage collagen regeneration and block dangerous free radicals that attack skin cells. The Rejuvenating Moisturizer features Bakuchiol, a plant-derived antioxidant and alternative to retinol, while The Hydrating Facial Cleanser uses Trehalose, one of the world’s most efficient skin-hydrating ingredients. Each is a total shelf necessity.

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"I feel like Joanna truly outdid herself with these. They are so well formulated & do exactly what they claim. I HIGHLY recommend both. Plus I free great about supporting this cruelty-free, woman owned company!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ •A N T I – P O L L U T I O N M O I S T U R I Z E R•⁣⁣ -I LOVE this!!! I find it to be more nourishing than the original line, which my dry skin just loves. I’ve used this by itself some days when I’m running behind & it alone kept my skin moisturized all day! I love that it is fragrance free & gentle on my skin no matter it’s state. Just really solid & well formulated. My skin truly does seem healthier & stronger after consistent use. My complexion looks better overall & fine lines aren’t as prominent. I would 100% purchase this. [1.69 fl oz- $38]⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ A N T I – P O L L U T I O N S L E E P I N G M A S K•⁣⁣ -This gentle, but effective mask removes dead skin cells while being highly hydrating. I love that it is the perfect combo of treatment & nourishment. The mask uses Bacillus Ferment- an enzymatic, natural exfoliant obtained by fermentation, a gentle alternative to AHAs that really works well with my dry skin & low “active” tolerance. I like to use this about 2 times a week. My skin looks smooth, healthy, & glowing the next morning. I think of it more as a “treatment” sleeping mask, vs a straight nourishing mask [2.54 fl oz- $49]⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣Both of these products contain:⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ •Ectoin- Natural & extremely powerful ingredient repairing skin's protective barrier. Shields skin from damage caused by pollution & UV light by supporting skin cells in their defense mechanisms."⁣ ⁣ Thank you so much @bunnybutt_skincare for being such an amazing fan and supporter ♥️♥️⁣ ⁣ #saveskincare #skincareblogger #skincarereviews #skincarelove #skincareregime #crueltyfree #affordableskincare #luxuryskincare #skinstagram #veganbeauty #naturalingredients #veganskincare #sleepingmask #veganmask #veganmoisturizer #cleanbeautyproducts #nontoxicskincare #parabenfree #siliconefree #gentleskincare

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Step 3: Create a Second Barrier Against The Bad

Finally, your skin is back to the protective layer it once was, it’s time to bring in backup. Creating a second protective layer can be as simple as choosing a moisturizer with the proper ingredients and properties. Literally made for the job, the {save} Anti-pollution Moisturizer combines squalene, glycerin and ectoin to restore elasticity and smoothness while delivering incredible moisture and preserving hydration.

And, as if we had to remind you, sunscreen is so important for protecting your skin. Beyond blocking harmful UV rays, this second barrier also keeps free radicals out. Choose your favorite, then treat your under eyes to shea butter, glycerin, cica and ectoin in the Anti-pollution Eye Cream. This final touch to your anti-pollution routine ensures skin is armed and ready to take on whatever the city holds, from grimy subway stations to thick smokestacks.

Darby Hoffman
Darby Hoffman
Darby Hoffman is a creative and branded content writer based in Chicago, IL. She specializes in topics related to sustainability, beauty technology, and consumer health & safety.