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Anti-Pollution Skincare

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How does pollution affect your skin?

Anti-Pollution skincare is the buzzword of the moment in the beauty industry. But how does pollution affect our skin, and what do we need to look for to protect our skin from pollution?

We love the hustle and the bustle of the city, but it seems we’re only just realising the adverse effect it can have on our skin. Pollution levels are at an all-time high, for example London’s Oxford Street has the worst pollution levels in the world – with 10x the legal limit of nitrogen dioxide. All those chemical, dirt and dust particles can not only make your skin feel unclean and irritated, it can also affect how the skin ages.

The Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that high levels of nitrogen dioxide are linked to increases in age spots and hyper pigmentation. Pollution can also break down the skin’s natural barrier, leaving it exposed to free radical damage, which can damage the DNA of your skin, leading to damaged elastin fibres, impaired collagen synthesis and melanin production.

The resulting sagging skin, wrinkles and age spots can make your skin look up to 10x older than those who live in less polluted areas!

Starting an anti-pollution skincare regime

Cleansing your skin every night is essential to remove dirt and toxins from the skin’s surface. All ZO Skin Health and ZO Medical cleansers are the first step in your anti-pollution skincare regime, and remove dirt and oil without leaving a residue.

Exfoliating also works to give your skin a deeper clean, and help your serums and other skincare products penetrate the skin. Offects Exfoliating Polish is ideal for all skin types, and contains vitamin C, A and E for antioxidant protection and to help achieve glowing skin.

An antioxidant serum is crucial to protect skin against pollution damage. Antioxidants interact with free radicals, and stops them from damaging the skin. Vitamin C is a great anti-oxidant and is also essential to produce collagen. ZO Medical C-Bright 10% Vitamin C Serum provides a high dose of stabilized pure vitamin C, perfect to reduce the effects of pollution on the skin. The addition of coenzyme Q10, another powerful antioxidant, helps to defend against other environmental triggers that cause inflammation.

The last step in your anti-pollution skincare regime should always be an SPF – many people forget that their skin needs UV protection all year round, and an SPF adds an additional layer of protection to your skin. Zo Skin Health Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30 gives daily multi-defence protection from UVA rays, UVB rays and HEV light, as well as continuous antioxidant protection against free radical damage and the harmful effects of IR-A rays.

Summer Body Products

As the summer approaches we all frantically attempt to get our skin summer ready for bare arms and legs. The use of nourishing ZO products, packed full of active ingredients, can help get your skin looking firmer and more radiant.

Our products for the hands and body help erase signs of ageing by using powerful antioxidants, retinol, amino acid complexes and nourishing natural oils. See how your skin can be transformed with ZO. Become perfectly hydrated, exfoliated and nourished – from head to toe – ready for summer!

summer body products

Oraser® Body Emulsion Plus

This is arguably the best body moisturiser available without a prescription. It prevents moisture loss and allows your skin to regain its youthful appearance, texture, and tone with retinol, ceramides and emollients. An antioxidant-rich complex with lactic acid softens rough patches and can help battle frustrating conditions like keratosis pilaris.

Find out more about Keratosis Pilaris here.

Oraser® Cellulite Control

This body crème is probably the ultimate summer body product you need in your life. If there’s one product you get, let it be this. This cellulite cream is formulated with a breakthrough blend of ingredients that work around the clock to reduce cellulite appearance. It visibly smooths skin while providing a slimming effect, ideal for hips, thighs and buttocks.

Learn more about ‘How To Treat Cellulite’ here.

Oraser® Nourishing Hand Crème

Once you hit 40, your hands can make you look older than you really are. To Zein Obagi, MD, that’s unacceptable but completely treatable. Oraser® Nourishing Hand Crème is packed with retinol, powerful antioxidants, and an amino acid complex to reduce pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. This is an anti-ageing treatment that will improve hands’ texture, tone and colour. What’s more, a brightening complex helps erase age spots while broad spectrum UV protection prevents against future skin damage.

Oraser® Correcting Hand & Body Scrub

A breakthrough in hand and body exfoliation. This scrub helps improve the appearance of hand and body areas that suffer from dry, rough, scaly skin. Its dual chemical and mechanical exfoliating system uses proven salicylic acid and sugar crystals for a multi-exfoliation approach. Daily use leaves skin soft and smooth. Shea butter, mango, and safflower oils moisturise and replenish to soften skin and make hands, feet and all areas of the body look and feel hydrated. Added redness reducers help to even skin complexion.

Oclipse® Sun Spray SPF 50

A break-through, one-touch, all angle spray system. The Oclipse® Sun Spray SPF 50 provides even coverage for the entire face and body with a weightless, non-greasy finish. This sunscreen is a non-irritating and water resistant formula that lasts up to 80 minutes. Plus, its exclusive 12-hour time release antioxidant system helps guard skin against photo-damage and future signs of ageing. Enriched with a dual moisture replenishment system and skin lipid restorers that prevent dry, flaky skin by combating the dehydrating effects of prolonged sun exposure. What’s more, it doesn’t just protect the skin from harmful UV rays but HEV light too!

Product Spotlight: SPF

Photoageing is one of the biggest causes of premature ageing leading to an increase in fine lines, wrinkles, loss of elasticity and pigmentation. Sun damage is cumulative, the damage over the years from daily exposure to UV rays is not always externally visible. Early pigmentation damage occurs within the deeper layers of the skin and becomes more apparent on the surface as we age. The skin loses its ability to repair itself, prohibiting the breakdown and production of collagen, as well as the elasticity of the skin weakening, resulting in leathery and wrinkled skin.

With options for every skin type and lifestyle, ZO Skin Health’s sunscreens provide protection from the harmful effects of the sun while also improving the health of your skin.

Oclipse® Smart Tone SPF 50

  • The combination of UVA and UVB sunscreens offer broad spectrum, photostable sun protection
  • Fractionated melanin goes an extra step to shield against damaging high energy visible (HEV) light
  • Fractionated Melanin provides 6-8 hours of protection rather than the regular 1hr 45 minutes.
  • Fortified with vitamin C to inhibit pigment formation
  • Sheer tint that can be worn alone or as a makeup primer
  • Patented colour bursting beads release a subtle hint of customisable colour and radiance for a healthy glow that compliments any skin tone
  • Anti-redness inhibitors
  • Restores hydration with skin conditioners and skin barrier replenishers to skin stays youthful, soft and smooth

Key Ingredients

  • Avobenzone 3%: Provides UVA protection
  • Homosalate 10%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 10%: Provide primarily UVB protection
  • Fractionated Melanin: Designed to shield the skin from high energy visible (HEV) light
  • Iron Oxides and Mica: Pressure-release colour system for customisable skin tone
  • Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate: Pigmentation inhibition
  • Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate: 12-hour time release antioxidant complex fights against free radical damage

Oclipse® Sun Spray SPF 50 

  • Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50 for Face & Body. Protects the skin from UVB, UVA and HEV exposure
  • Retains SPF for up to 80 minutes of water exposure
  • Exclusive 12-hour time release antioxidant system helps protect the skin from reactive oxidative species
  • Provides anti-irritant and soothing benefits to help reduce redness and discomfort
  • Helps restore hydration and enhance the natural skin barrier to prevent dehydration from daily environmental exposure
  • Breakthrough one touch, all angle spray system provides uniform, even coverage for the entire face and boy with a non-greasy, weightless feel

Key ingredients

  • Octocrylene 10% (UVB), Octisalates 5% (UVB), Homosalate 15% (UVB), Avobenzone 3%(UVA): Provide broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Fractionated Melanin: Designed to shield the skin from high-energy visible light (HEV)
  • Panthenyl Triacetate, Ethyl Linoleate, Tocopherol: Provides DNA protection

Oclipse® Sunscreen Primer SPF 30

  • Provides daily multi-defence protection from UVA, UVB and high-energy visible (HEV) light
  • Exclusive 12-hour time release vitamin antioxidant system guards against photo-damage
  • DNA protection and repair
  • Helps minimise inflammation
  • Restores hydration and enhances skin barrier
  • Provides additional support to restore lipids and enhances skin barrier function
  • Helps to smooth the skin and diminish the appearance of fine lines

oclipse-sunscreen-primer-spf30Key Ingredients

  • Titanium Dioxide (8.2%): Broad spectrum sunscreen (UVA/UVB) protection
  • Fractionated Melanin: Designed to shield the skin from high-energy visible light (HEV)
  • Helianthus Annus Seed Oil, Ethyl Ferulate, Rosmarinus Officinalis Lef Extract, Disodium Urine Phosphate: Helps provide DNA protection