Ask Dr. Macrene:How Do I Protect My Skin From Pollution?

Those living in cities with polluted air have significantly worse skin hydration, clogged pores, acne and duller skin than those in the suburbs or more rural areas with cleaner air. "Protecting your skin from pollution requires the twice daily application of anti-pollution antioxidants and skin barrier-fortifiers,” says Dr. Macrene, who included numerous plant-derived actives targeting pollution and barrier repair into her skincare formulations.

One of MACRENE actives's essential skincare ingredients, Ginkgo extract, contains a very high level of anti-pollutant activity.  

“Ginkgo trees come from China, a country known for its air pollution problem. I noted many years ago that the Ginkgo tree is the only tree able to thrive along a bumper-to-bumper highway such as the FDR Drive in Manhattan,” noted Dr. Macrene. "Ginkgo extracts have been shown to be effective against the type of free radicals that we see in automotive pollution—nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and ozone.” Another key aspect of formulation is that air pollutants tend to adhere to makeup, prompting Dr. Macrene to add this protection to her color skincare formulations. Gingko extract, green tea extract and the super potent antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate are all found in the High Performance Tinted Moisturizer and Concealer, essential ingredients to have in your skincare routine as poor air quality abounds in the summer months.
Superoxide dismutase, the most powerful natural free radical-fighter, is another key ingredient in Dr. Macrene’s formulations that serves as an excellent anti-pollution active. Superoxide dismutase is an enzyme that helps break down oxygen free radicals in skin cells and is considered our front line of defense. Other 
antioxidants found in nature such as Vitamin C, E, and resveratrol add to the pollution-neutralizing effects of Dr. Macrene’s formulas. This abundant mix of potent anti-pollutant actives in the High Performance Tinted Moisturizer and Concealer protect you from pollution’s you wear your skincare throughout the day and rejuvenate overnight. Clinical studies prove the products' abilities to restore and strengthen the skin’s protective barrier, whilst improving skin quality and hydration for complete therapeutic coverage.