5 summer beauty buys to fight city pollution
As city girls through and through, there’s nothing that can make you give up the crazy, hectic, completely unpredictable and outrageously fulfilling lifestyle of living in a big city. Of course there are the things we don’t love quite as much—no personal space, and so much pollution to clog your pores for a lifetime. But deciding between having perfect, healthy skin and the hazy, bustle of the city shouldn’t be a choice you have to make. We’ve found that what we put on our skin before we step out the door can make a huge difference, and it is possible to have healthy, glowing skin and enjoy the good – and bad – of the city life.
“I firmly believe it is equally important to be mindful of what we put on our body as it is what we put in it,” Shawna Wilkinson said, the founder of Zoe Natural Creations.
And she should know—Zoe Natural Creations, a natural beauty line, uses natural ingredients to combat those everyday elements your skin inevitably faces.
Any beauty expert knows exfoliating and moistorising are the pillars of any beauty regime. And even if you are new to the beauty arena these two steps are crucial for amazing skin. You don’t want the smog of the city building up on your pores, so shedding that dead skin is essential.
The Dead Sea Salt Bath Soak is great to use in the shower as an exfoliant for getting rid of dry skin and can also be used as a bath soak on days you need some extra hydration.
Especially during the hot summer months when you’re out and about in the sun day in and day out, it’s great to have something that will keep your skin clean and fresh. Shea is known to help with skin discoloration, wrinkles and blemishes so having something like Zoe’s Body Butter is perfect to use a few times a week. Since all the products are made from 100 percent natural ingredients, Zoe Natural Creations arms your skin with the necessary nutrients it needs to face the harsh city outdoors without losing its natural glow.
And to make sure you’re ready to face all the effects of the daily city grime, we asked Shawna which products she recommends for purifying the skin after a harsh day outside. The Coffee and Sugar Body Scrub – a personal favourite at the Your Coffee Break office – which is great for perking up dull skin and is the perfect thing to wash away the dirt from a day exploring the outdoors.
Two of Shawna’s other picks are the Liquid African Black Soap and the Citrus Bar Soap. The soap gently treats your skin while healing fine lines, dark spots, and blemishes that can come from too much sun and smog. As a bonus, this soap also has deodorizing properties—perfect for when you want to get extra clean after a long, hot day.
We know that after a warm, muggy day, we just want to pamper our skin with something softening and protecting. For this, Shawna chooses the Citrus Bar Soap, which contains olive oil, coconut oil, sustainable palm oil, and Shea butter—everything that will make you forget your skin has been fighting pollution for hours. Shea butter will also help by adding vitamins A, E, and F back into your skin, allowing your skin to retain its natural elasticity and absorb moisture from the air, something that becomes extra important when it’s summer in the city.
Unfortunately, there’s not a ton we can do about the daily grind of living with city pollution and less than perfect air. But it doesn’t mean your skin has to suffer the consequences. Using natural, healthy products, instead of harsh chemicals, helps keep our skin looking fresh and clear, even during the foggiest of days. Whether it’s a super scrub or a softening soap, treating your skin to natural products means that you can go out into the busy, bustling city while still putting your best face forward.