Should Your Skincare Routine Include an Air Purifier?

Does clean, glowing skin begin with what you're breathing in every day?

Fashion designer Sibel Patiño had already eliminated sulfates and parabens from her beauty routine, but when it came to giving her home a green makeover she was unsure where to begin. Enter Jenna Hershey Coviello, a former Chanel publicist who recently launched Take Good Care, a consulting service in New York City for those looking to literally clean house by switching over to non-toxic everything, from face cleanser to furniture (sustainable woods are a yes; flame retardants a no).

“Instead of scaring people, I want to show them there are alternatives that are better than traditional counterparts,” she says.

While that can include advising on what laundry detergent and paint to use, it can also mean deciphering claims and prioritizing what needs to change. Home accessories that you don’t come into contact with on a regular basis are okay; nonorganic mattresses and linens must go. (She recommends looking for fabrics that meet the stringent standards set by the Global Organic Textile Standard or Oeko-Tex.)

Among the paramount issues, Coviello says, is improving air quality. Many of the materials in our homes— from paint to wood stain to upholstery—leach VOCs (volatile organic compounds), gases that can negatively affect our health. To that end, she recommends the Molekule air purifier, which is also the current favorite among the design set.

Danielle Rollins, an interior designer in Atlanta, says having a compromised immune system led her to discover Molekule, which claims to screen out large dust particles and break apart smaller ones with light. “I’ve had five or six other models that were giant and bulky and really loud,” she says. “These are two feet tall and six inches around, and they have beautiful leather handles.” Dallas-based interior designer Jean Liu is a fan as well; she has found Molekule helpful in managing her allergies.


The next layer of protection comes in the form of topical products designed to shield skin from the effects of indoor and outdoor pollution, as well as, in some cases, the blue light coming from our screens. “Antioxidant serums reduce inflammation and act like an insurance policy against pollution,” says dermatologist Josh Zeichner, who emphasizes that the serums work best in conjunction with sunscreen.

To that end, Supergoop just launched Unseen Sunscreen, which uses red algae to filter out visible light, including blue wavelengths. And This Works is coming out with an Evening Detox line to wash away pollutants like dust, smog, and smoke—making caring for your skin an inside job as well as an outside one.

This story appears in the April 2018 issue of Town & Country.

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