Here are 5 skincare tips to improve your skin’s health:
1. Avoid Antimicrobial Skin Wipes and Cleansers
Antimicrobial soaps and cleansers may seem like a good idea but they dry your skin and can actually wipe out bacterial populations including the helpful ones we want to nurture. Switch to natural compounds that gently cleanse and moisturize the skin rather than chemical varieties. Frequent washing can also disturb the skin microbiome, so rinse with only water in the morning.
2. Use Oils Rather Than Moisturizers
Most moisturizers and lotions are loaded with antimicrobial preservatives like parabens, sodium benzoate and phenoxyethanol. In addition, most of them consist of wax and water that initially make your skin feel hydrated and supple, but then the excess wax starts blocking your pores and results in eruptions and other irritations. When buying skin care products, avoid anything that includes stearic acid, cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, glycol distearate, beeswax, or carnuba wax.
3. Clear Clogged Pores With Oils
The skin’s stratum corneum (the top layer of the epidermis) is designed to hold in moisture and protect the surface from outside assault. Removing the top epidermal layers compromises barrier function and disrupts microbial balance that may eventually induce inflammation. It also does nothing to unclog pores. Oils not only penetrate to lower skin structures and the sebaceous gland, but they can clear clogged pores because oils dissolve oils. They are the best way to dissolve hardened sebum deposits.
4. Avoid Oil-Free Moisturizers
People whose skin feels greasy rather than oily are producing a type of sebum that is low in linoleic acid. Topically introducing oils high in linoleic acid (like sunflower oil) changes the composition of the sebum in the pores. It becomes less sticky and flows more readily to the surface, where it can lubricate and protect the skin as it’s designed to do.
5. Try Probiotic “Microbiome Friendly” Anti-Pollution Skincare Products
Topical probiotic “microbiome friendly” products are relatively new but there are currently some on the market to encourage the growth of healthful skin organisms and help to build up the skin’s own defences against the effects of air pollution.
We feature on the Anti-Pollution Online website our selection of the best such anti-pollution products on the market today.