City Girl Beauty: Products That Protect Your Skin

January 26, 2017
Let's talk about the fact that I am not an actual City girl but have dared to come up with a post trying to give pointers / advice to those who are... Forgive me if I am completely off but I actually have a genuine concern for those who take a daily beating into the City jungle. There's nothing quite like it, really. And, although I do not live in the City, was not raised in the City, and do not take part of anything that the City entails, I grew up with people who have. This doesn't grant me ultimate knowledge that nobody else in the world has but I am not ignorant enough to disregard the fact that the City is cruel - not only mentally / psychologically, but physically.

Not only is there an endless amount of pollution (because of the buildings / factories / trucks), the sun is everywhere (even under the "shade" of a building). There's so many people smoking, there's even more cars that pollute the little air that fits between the streets. And, let's not talk about the free-radicals because we'll be here until morning.

I could be exaggerating; I have a tendency to do this often (and you can ask my friends - I feel like they no longer take me seriously sometimes). But, it's no joke to me at all. After reading a couple of articles and books about what it is like to live in the City, or somewhere near one, and what it does to your skin / health, I've given it some thought and taken the time to curate some products that will "protect" (to some extent) my skin. I'm a child (although not a little one) so I'm often told that I shouldn't worry about anti-aging products, or buying a ton of products that will end up pilling up onto my face and not work because "they don't have much to fix". Why fix when I can prevent, no? And that's the whole reason why I've decided to write this post.

This is not much commitment. After all, the couple of things I do daily to protect my skin are moisturize and SPF. Seems simple but the fun (or tedious) part is finding the right one with the right ingredients. I did a Chemistry project last year where I researched all about Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) and its benefits on the skin while looking at primary articles and literature. Research shows that ascorbic acid protects the skin from UVA / UVB sun rays, lightens scarring, softens wrinkles, and adds "glow" into your skin (this is possible because it promotes collagen production in your skin and renews cells for a brighter complexion). (You see, cha girl's been doing her work!) Why is Vitamin C good for City girls? Because it protects your skin from early / premature aging, and helps you look brighter with less. Life's a blur when you live in a fast-paced place so, when you've got little time to take care of you, a product that does it "all" becomes your best friend. I like Valentia's Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer* because it's not heavy and has everything I need.

I don't think SPF needs a huge paragraph explaining why it is essential in life, overall. So, I'm just going to say that I find Asian sunscreens to be more... user friendly? They're easier to understand, is what I mean (ironically). When a sunscreen indicates that it protects against UVA + UVB rays and it is 50+, it means it protects against all of the sun's evil rays in a way similar to when you find SPF 100. Also, PA+++ means it has awesome abilities when it comes to protection power (the more plus signs, the better). This is why I love COSRX's Aloe Soothing Sun Cream because it is SPF 50+, PA+++; all of the things you want and need. Also, it doesn't smell like sunscreen (it's more like fresh aloe scented) but it is super nice and non-greasy.

This heading is a lie because I either not do this weekly or do it more than twice a week. The point is: these are things we should do frequently but not everyday. As an example, carbonated masks are great for pulling out impurities trapped deep inside your pores. This is good because they help detox the skin, and this should not be done daily because you could risk "stripping" the skin from essential anti-oxidants and good oils that are important for healthy skin. Because the mask fizzes, it becomes sort of like a massage but helps to gently exfoliate the skin. I currently possess two options of carbonated masks: Elizavecca's Milky Piggy Carbonated Clay Mask (very popular nowadays!) and Neogen's Oxygen AHA Bubble Peeling Mask.

Bringing back the topic of Vitamin C, I own the most amazing serum that contains just the perfect amount of ascorbic acid to do its job while being gentle. I recommend this - eyes closed - because it is just amazing, and I've just noticed that it is getting the global recognition it deserves. The Klairs' Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop Serum is a godsend that makes your skin glow, helps with discoloration, helps diminish the appearance of pimples / acne, and helps your skin become more "resistant" (dare I say?) to sun rays.

+ Are there any products you've found to be on the A-list for City girls? For example, any lip products? I really have no clue and, as you can see, my list still needs to cover lip-protection so I would like to know!

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