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How to Protect Your Skin from Environmental Damage

While we might not even realise it, each day our skin is exposed to lots of potential environmental damage, whether it's from the sun's UV rays or polluted city air. Over time this exposure can lead to signs of damage and premature ageing.

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Between managing work, family and everyday life, it can be really easy to forget about taking care of our skin and making sure it is protected from environmental damage. Even if it isn't totally obvious on the surface, our skin can start to develop signs of premature ageing over time, especially from ongoing overexposure to the sun and air pollution. Natural skin care designed to repair and protect skin from environmental damage is perfect for daily use to help reduce signs of damage and ageing and ensure your skin stays glowing and fresh.

How to help protect against skin damage

Australia has a harsh climate, especially when it comes to the sun. The Australian skin cancer rate is one of the highest in the world - every year skin cancer accounts for about 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers.1 This makes it really important to protect your skin with a good daily sunscreen! Then at nighttime, it's great to refresh your skin by washing away the day's dirt and grime, especially if you live in a more polluted city area, and applying a rich moisturiser to allow your skin to restore itself overnight while you sleep.

Natural skin protection

Life Basics Sunscreen
Specially formulated for everyday use on its own or beneath makeup, the Life Basics SPF 30 All Natural Facial Sunscreen provides broad spectrum protection from damaging UVA and UVB rays thanks to the reflective properties of Zinc and the physical barrier it creates. This soothing formula also contains Rosehip Oil and Green Tea to nourish your skin as well as Calendula Extract for its anti-inflammatory properties.

Lavera Repair & Care Shampoo
We might not think about it this way but our scalps often need a helping hand too when it comes to taking care of our skin. Ideal for dry, damaged and over-coloured hair, the Lavera Repair & Care Shampoo is a protein-rich formula designed to help nourish and strengthen each and every strand as well as purify the scalp. With hydrating Vitamin E to restore moisture, this refreshing shampoo is also rich in Silica and Magnesium which may help support against premature greying, support a healthy scalp and stimulate hair growth.

Hurraw! SPF15 Sun Balm - Tangerine & Chamomile
With protective Zinc, the Hurraw! SPF15 Sun Balm provides soothing moisture as well as SPF15 sun protection in a compact lip balm you can carry everywhere. Thick and creamy, this Vegan formula calms and nourishes dry and chapped lips with Cocoa Butter, Olive Oil and Pomegranate yet applies clearly for subtle sun protection.

With all sunscreens avoid contact with eyes and if irritation persists discontinue use. Sunscreen is only one part of sun protection. Wear protective clothing, hats and sunglasses when exposed to the sun, and stay in the shade where possible. Prolonged high-risk sun exposure should be avoided. Frequent reapplication and use in accordance with the directions is required for effective sun protection. Always read the label and use only as directed.

Nighttime reparative skin care

Life Basics Konjac Sponge Bamboo Charcoal
Combining the exfoliating benefits of natural Konjac with absorbent Charcoal, the Life Basics Konjac Sponge Bamboo Charcoal is perfect for buffing away your makeup and any excess grime at the end of the day. Used wet, this gentle sponge deeply cleanses pores to help remove dead skin cells and acne-causing bacteria and refresh dull skin. It's also 100% biodegradable and can last up to three months before needing to be replaced.

The Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner
Packed with probiotics, fermented wholefoods and natural fruit acids, the Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner works to exfoliate the complexion and boost collagen production to encourage tighter, more elastic skin. Ideal for mature skin as it may help correct UV damage, fade pigmentation and lighten dark spots while replenishing skin with revitalising moisture and stimulating fresh cell turnover. To use, apply to a cotton pad and swipe all over the face, with no need to wash off afterwards!

Lavera Re-Energizing Sleeping Cream
The time you spend sleeping is crucial to the health of your skin because it actually repairs itself overnight. A rich and restorative night cream such as the Lavera Re-Energizing Sleeping Cream aids this process as the final step in your nighttime beauty routine by promoting the skin’s natural regeneration process, combatting signs of fatigue and providing intensive moisture. This creamy moisturiser contains deeply hydrating Almond Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, Shea Butter and Vitamin E to smooth and fortify tired and dull skin.

Source: 1Cancer Council Australia.

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