SPF. Anti-oxidant properties. Vitamins and minerals. If you’ve ever browsed the skincare aisles, you’ve probably come across terms like these on product packaging or advertising material. In short, skincare products are frequently infused with ingredients that help to protect wearers against environmental stresses that can damage, age or dull the skin. Did you know, though, that those same benefits can be found in select makeup products too?
Every day we’re exposed to pollution in different forms. Some are obvious, like smog, cigarette smoke and airborne dirt. Then there are those that are easier to forget about, like free radicals – tiny molecules that enter the body, accelerate chemical processes and damage cells right down to a DNA level. This leads to faster ageing and the increased risk of chronic illnesses. There’s no real way to avoid free radicals either. Simply by breathing, eating and drinking, we’re exposed to them. UV rays, as well as physical and emotional stresses, also contribute to this destructive process.
This said, we can try to counteract the effect of free radicals and environmental aggressors with antioxidants. These are things like vitamin C, E and beta-carotene – and an excellent way to up the number of antioxidants in our lives is through our diet. Some of the foods highest in antioxidants include the berry family (especially strawberries, blueberries and goji berries), citrus fruits, carrots, kale and other dark green veggies, pecan nuts and even dark chocolate.
Antioxidant-infused products applied to the skin can provide an additional layer of protection. When it comes to makeup, you’re most likely to find antioxidant benefits in foundations, especially for mature skins. This said, it’s never too early to start safeguarding your skin. Urban Decay’s All Nighter Pollution Protection is a makeup setting spray with built-in pollution-fighting and environmental defence properties. Not only will the lightweight formula keep your makeup looking freshly-applied for hours, minerals in the spray – including zinc, magnesium and copper – protect against free radicals which attack skin and rob it of its vitality.
Now you know. Keep an eye out for cosmetics that come with bonus anti-pollution properties if you want to preserve your youthful, radiant look for as long as possible.