One of our favourite magazines here at Manuka Doctor, Yours, has recently voted our new Anti-Pollution Recovery Night Cream ‘Best Night Cream’ in their Age-Defying Beauty Awards 2019. The cream hasn't long launched but it is already winning awards!
Talking of the award winning products Yours Beauty Editor Michelle Nightingale says "these are the only high street beauty buys you actually need".
Yours reader Noleen Cuthburt, 63, tested the Manuka Doctor Anti-Pollution Recovery Night Cream and refuses to turn back!
"I tend to stick to the products that I know work for my skin but I was really impressed with the Manuka Doctor Night Cream and will be adding it to my skincare regime. I don't usually wear a night cream but absolutely will now! This one leaves my skin soft and feeling firmer and more hydrated than usual. I love it!"
The Manuka Doctor Anti-Pollution Recovery Night Cream contains ingredients Manuka honey, Shea butter, Cocoa butter and Moringa oil which as well as being highly nourishing, are all powerful antioxidants, shown to help neutralise free radical damage and ease inflammation.
Our skin is bombarded every day by free radicals. These are unstable molecules created by exposure to sunlight, cigarette smoke, fried foods and pollution. When free radicals come into contact with your skin, they can speed up the signs of ageing, such as dark spots, dry skin and wrinkles. And if you live in a city, the impact can be much worse.
Author and skincare expert Abigail James says “Pollution is becoming more of a huge concern when it comes to skin health. In treatment I am seeing so much more skin sensitivity, inflammation, breakouts and premature ageing. Dry, dehydrated skin is a side effect of pollution and UV exposure, feeding the skin becomes more essential on a daily basis”
“Keeping the skin hydrated and nourished is essential to skin health, keeping the top layers of the skin treated with a moisturiser is like adding a protective barrier, if the surface is happy then the underlying layers of the skin can function more effectively. A city skin can definitely become dry and dehydrated as a side effect of pollution and UV exposure, feeding the skin becomes more essential on a daily basis.“
A groundbreaking study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology followed 400 women living in urban and rural environments for 24 years. Results showed that women who were exposed to higher levels of pollution had more age spots and wrinkling than their country cousins1. It’s thought that tiny particles of pollution, some 20 times smaller than your pores, can enter the deep layers of skin where they trigger inflammation and ageing.
What’s worse, pollution levels are rising across the UK. A 2018 survey by the University of Exeter and the World Health Organisation found two-thirds of us are now living in areas with ‘unsafe’ levels of air pollution2. In other words, more of us will have to deal with the damaging effects of pollution on our skin. So, what can you do to protect it?
Step one – cleanse carefully
A quick wipe round with a flannel won’t cut it. You need a cleanser that not only removes make-up and sunscreen on the surface of your skin, but works deep enough to eliminate microsopic traces of pollution too. The Manuka Doctor Anti-Pollution Detoxifying Cleanser contains tiny exfoliating particles to gently cleanse the skin, and peach flower extract that has been proven to reduce UV damage3. Avoid scrubbing too harshly though, as this can irritate the skin and lead to redness.
Cleansing is the most important part of your skincare routine, don't over strip but be thorough and gentle, especially when it comes to removing the grime of the day!Abigail James
Step two – repair and replenish
After cleansing, use an antioxidant-rich moisturiser to nourish the skin and reduce the effects of free radicals4. Ingredients like Shea butter, Cocoa butter and Moringa oil – all found in the Manuka Doctor Anti-Pollution Recovery Night Cream – are powerful antioxidants, shown to help neutralise free radical damage and ease inflammation5,6,7. You could also up your intake of antioxidants by eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly blueberries, strawberries and spinach8.
Step three – protect against pollution
Your final step is to support your skin. A sunscreen with at least SPF 15 is a given, but why not try an anti-pollution shield too? Look for active ingredients that are known to protect against environmental damage, such as white horehound. Studies have found this plant extract has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties9. Bee venom has also been shown to inhibit UV damage and boost recovery of UVB-damaged skin cells10. The Manuka Doctor Anti-Pollution Protective Primer contains both, plus other skin-soothing ingredients.
1. Vierkötter A, et al. Airborne Particle Exposure and Extrinsic Skin Aging. J Invest Dermatol. 2010 Dec;130(12):2719-26. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022202X15346455
2. Bawden T. The Independent. Revealed: The map that shows most of us are living in areas with ‘unsafe’ air pollution. https://inews.co.uk/news/environment/air-polution-unsafe-uk-world-health-organisation/
3. Kim YH, et al. Protection of the flowers of Prunus persica extract from ultraviolet B-induced damage of normal human keratinocytes. Arch Pharm Res. 2000 Aug;23(4):396-400. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF02975454
4. Baumann L. Skin ageing and its treatment. J Pathol. 2007 Jan;211(2):241-51. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17200942
5. Watson K, Cherney K. healthline. What Is Shea Butter? 22 Reasons to Add It to Your Routine. https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/what-is-shea-butter
6. Scapagnini G, et al. Cocoa bioactive compounds: significance and potential for the maintenance of skin health. Nutrients. 2014 Aug 11;6(8):3202-13. https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/6/8/3202
7. Sreelatha S, Padma PR. Antioxidant activity and total phenolic content of Moringa oleifera leaves in two stages of maturity. Plant Foods Hum Nutr. 2009 Dec;64(4):303-11. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11130-009-0141-0
8. WebMD. 10 Nutrient-Rich Super Foods. https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/10-super-foods#1
9. Juliano C, Magrini GA. Cosmetic Functional Ingredients from Botanical Sources for Anti-Pollution Skincare Products. Cosmetics 2018, 5(1),19. https://doi.org/10.3390/cosmetics5010019
10. Han S, et al. Inhibitory effect of bee venom against ultraviolet B induced MMP-1 and MMP-3 in human dermal fibroblasts. Journal of Apicultural Research 46(2):94-98. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00218839.2007.11101374