Remember Captain Planet? For those who grew up in the 90's the superhero who fought the evils of pollution was the eco-friendly version of Superman. Fast forward to 2016 and pollution remains a huge concern. Beyond the impact on our planet, it also wreaks havoc on our skin, by destroying the skin's barrier function and introducing skin-ageing free radicals. But because skin science is always advancing, more brands are introducing skincare, and specifically sunscreens that protect against both pollution and UV rays.
First up is Origins' new Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Defense SPF45 Advanced Daily UV Defender. The non-chemical sunscreen also included opuntia cactus, a plant discovered in Brazil that retains its juiciness and moisture reserves despite the harsh climate. This sunscreen helps create a physical barrier on the skin, so skin stays well-protected.
If you're exposed to other kinds of light beyond natural sunlight — think the lights in your office or home — you'll be glad to know that Dior Prestige White Collection Youth and Radiance UV Protector safeguards the skin against other light sources as well. The line has a new, mineral filter — the Artificial Light Protector — that is the first ever to protect the skin from the harmful radiation of artificial light. How does it achieve this? It has a spiked shape that captures artificial light from all directions and reflects it out and away from the skin, effectively blocking out 85 per cent of it. This formula is also designed to imbue the skin with a gorgeous, radiant glow.
Finally one of the key areas that we often forget to protect are the lips. Fresh Sugar Sport Treatment SPF 30/PA++ is the newest addition to their super-popular Sugar Lip Treatments. This water-resistant formula is not just for the lips — use it on the face and eyes, especially when you're out and about and need a handy touch-up. Besides offering sun protection, this also moisturises the lips and skin, and shields it from free radical environmental aggressors.