I love living in a big, beautiful city like Cape Town. We’ve got the mountain. We’ve got the sea. But we’ve also got pollution and lots of it. In fact, some cities have more than 161 days of unhealthy breathing air per year and, after just eight hours of being exposed to it, your skin can bear a gram of pollutants.
Pollution has become a big buzz word in beauty as we learn more about how its effects are a major contributor to ‘inflammaging’. (This is when chronic micro-inflammation goes unchecked and ends up causing sensitivity, break outs, dehydration, premature ageing and more.)
Keen to see how much pollution’s floating around your face right now? Get clicky clicky over here to try Dermalogica’s new app. It lets you type in your location and it gives you a skin pollution index and even goes as far as listing the dominant pollutant in the area.
Anyway, I’ve been very aware of inflammaging for a while now – every dermatologist I’ve chatted to in the last while recognises it as a concern – but got to learn about it in-depth at a recent Dermalogica launch for a very cool new addition to their line up – Daily Superfoliant (R1 180).
We all know about the brand’s best-selling Daily Microfoliant but now its been supercharged to go beyond just cleansing and refining. Thanks to an array of new ingredients it also aims to detoxify, protect against free radicals and prevent inflammatory pollutants from adhering to your skin.
So, what exactly’s in the mix?
First up, the heavy weight here is activated charcoal to help absorb micro-pollutants. (As Superfoliant is pH neutral, it assists in opening up your pores so its easy to nab anything that shouldn’t be there.) It also contains AHAs (lactic and malic acid) plus papaya enzymes to gently lift away dead skin cells on a chemical level, not just a mechanical one. Last, but not least, it also makes use of niacinimide (vitamin B3), a soothing antioxidant.
More good news? The Superfoliant’s on a mission to land ’employee of the month’ and doesn’t stop working when you wash it off. It also serves up an ‘anti-adherence’ complex (a mix of botanicals that includes sea moss and algae) that remains on your skin on a microscopic level to help you fend off pollutants as you head off into the big smoke.
I’ve been using new Superfoliant for a while now and its fabulous. I’ve compared it to the Daily Microfoliant and it’s definitely the teensiest tad more scrubby but still gentle enough to use every day. As far as the invisible shield bit goes, like I said, this is microscopic so you don’t feel or see a thing – aside from smoother, more refined-looking skin, that is.
If you’re looking for a fab face scrub or are already hooked on the Daily Microfoliant but want the added benefits of pollution protection then Superfoliant is going to seriously impress. Also, while it’s part of the Age Smart line, there’s nothing stopping anyone from using it. In fact, I reckon younger skin hassled by blemishes would be ideal candidates due to its charcoal content and soothing properties.
Want to try it yourself? You can pick it up at any salon stockist as well as online or a Dermalogica concept store where you can also get a complimentary Face Mapping session.
There’s another way to get your mitts on Dermalogica’s Superfoliant too! The brand’s kindly given me one to give away PLUS their new Age Smart Age Reversal eye complex, a potent retinol-infused eye cream worth R869.
There are two ways to enter. One is to simply leave a comment on the blog telling me what the pollution level of your city (you can find out over here) OR what your favourite Dermalogica product is.
The second is to hit me up on twitter with ‘Hey @lipglossgirl! I’d love to win a @DermalogicaSA hamper’ and be sure to include the link to this post.
In order to qualify, regardless of which way you enter, you have to be following Dermalogica on Instagram OR twitter. They’re @DermalogicaSA on both accounts.
This competition closes at 5pm on Wednesday the 15th of March 2017 and is open to South African residents only. The winner will be drawn from either pool and decided via a random number generator.
Good luck girls!
This competition is now closed. Congrats to winner Nikhat Hoosen.