Anti pollution skin

Living in the big city? Chances are, your pores are bearing the grime and brunt of weather and temperature changes, pollution, work stress, poor diet, and the annoying way you keep picking at your skin mindlessly. What’s worse is that over time, your skin ages and loses its ability to fight, repair, and heal itself, which is why you should’ve started caring better for it, like yesterday! Even if you’re playing catch up, we’d like to start you off on the right track. So, here’s something you need to know:

A study carried out by Vichy shows that exposure to pollution causes “increased sebum production, amplified dehydration, reduced natural antioxidant defenders on the skin’s surface, (and) a weakened defensive barrier in general”.

With increased amounts of pollutants being released into the air and water, it’s time for an overhaul of your skincare products; replace and restock with more intensive and targeted solutions that are tailor-made for the city gal:

Morning Prep With Tried & Tested Must-Haves

Anti pollution pre face regime

  • This lightweight, oil-free formula by Clarins provides 100% protection against UV rays and pollution. The UV Plus Anti-Pollution Day Screen Multi Protection blends into your skin to create the perfect invisible layer over your day cream and under your makeup. And, guess what? It contains an antioxidant which prevents your skin from ageing at the hands of sun exposure. Price: £32 (buy here
  • Clinique’s City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector is a sheer daily sunscreen that protects from both UVA and UVB rays. The lightweight formula helps wick away perspiration and absorbs excess oil. Since minimum chemicals have been used in this sunscreen, it is appropriate for the area around the eyes, and for those with sensitive skin in general. Psst… this sunscreen can also double as a clear makeup primer. Price: £18 (buy here)
  • Shield your lips against the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays with the Avail Lip Balm SPF30 by Aesop. This lip balm is enriched with vitamin E and soothing castor seed oil which effectively protects, softens, and hydrates your pout. And, the best part? The formula is silicone-, paraffin-, and beeswax-free! Price: £15.18 (buy here)

Night Cleanse With Tried & Tested Must-Haves

Anti pollution post face regime

  • Need a cleanser that will purify, nourish, and restore the skin’s natural balance? Try the Extra-Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream by Clarins. It is formulated specifically for skin that is challenged by polluted, urban environments. This potion is enriched with detoxifying moringa seed extract, and soothing shea and mango butters. Price: £25 (buy here)
  • Chanel’s‘ Lotion Confort removes any remaining traces of makeup, oil and dirt from skin, leaving you with a balanced feel. The alcohol-free texture combined with precious tulip tree extract moisturises, soothes, and detoxifies skin. Apply the toner using a cotton pad on a thoroughly clean face and your neck. You can repeat this process in the morning too. Make note: This one’s highly recommended for those with dry skin. Price: £31 (buy here
  • Uneven skin tone and hyper-pigmentation bringing you down? Fret no more; Grown Alchemist’s Brightening Serum is here to save the day! The formula targets dark spots and age spots—results of exposure to harsh sunlight and pollution—and improves overall radiance. The serum has been brewed using ingredients that have antioxidants and antibacterial properties such as Acai berries, Omega’s 3, 6, and 9, phytosterols, and vitamin C. Price: 72.70 (buy here)

Body Care With Tried & Tested Must-Haves

Anti pollution body regime

  • Sukin’s Purifying Body Scrub gently polishes and refines skin texture while extracting dirt and pollution remnants from the pores. The scrub is enriched with aloe vera and chamomile to soothe skin, while rosehip, jojoba, and sesame replenish and revitalise. Price: £13.20 (buy here)
  • Garnier Ambre Solaire’s Ultra-Moisturising Protection Milk has SPF30 which protects the skin against sunburn. Garnier has developed a patented, high-tech filtration system, Mexoryl SX, which provides reinforced protection against UV rays. P.S. This formula is extremely effective for skin with low melanin. Price: £10 (buy here

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