Pollution is a growing concern for urbanites across the globe – along with causing health problems, living in a polluted environment can cause blocked pores, uneven skin tone and even accelerate ageing.
Many skincare brands are tackling the issue with innovative, anti-pollution formulas. Here are a few of our favourites;
This daily dose of biodynamic Spelt Oil is rich in vitamin E and bursting with antioxidant and regenerative properties to counteract premature ageing or sensitive skin, often side effects of living within a polluted area.
How to use it: Apply in the evening after cleansing instead of a moisturiser, particularly around dry areas and fine lines.
A deep exfoliator can help remove skin build-up and unclog pores caused by polluted air. This F.O.Y. version features Glycolic Acid to remove dead skin cells and Chamomile and Ginseng extracts to soothe and tone the skin.
How to use it: Massage onto damp skin in circular motions for around 30 seconds, leaving on the skin for up to two minutes for a deeper cleanse.
This CC cream promises the natural look of a light foundation with the hydration of a moisturiser. Tested in cities across the world, it also packs an SPF 50 to protect skin against daily against UV rays.
How to use it: Beginning in the centre of the face apply with fingers or a brush to create a flawless and even complexion.
Kiehl’s hydrating masque is clinically demonstrated to minimise the damaging effects of pollution, leaving skin feeling renewed and protected against daily environmental aggressors.
How to use it: Apply after evening cleansing for five minutes, wipe off with a muslin cloth or cotton pad, patting in any excess to work overnight. Use thrice weekly for best results.
This fine spray creates a non-sticky invisible barrier on the skin to shield it from pollutants, strengthening the skin’s natural defences against stress caused by environmental pollution.
How to use it: Apply liberally across the face, neck and décolletage. The mist can be worn over make-up and should be reapplied throughout the day as needed.
UV rays can peak through the cloudiest of skies, avoid sun damage with a daily SPF, opting for high protection during the warmer months. This moisturiser offers high protection through a lightweight and quick to absorb formula that’s easy to wear every day.
How to use it: Apply evenly to clean skin at least 15 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply throughout the day to ensure full protection.
Wash the traces of pollution from the day away with this purifying cleanser. A combination of purifying Moringa and nourishing Shea, it restores the skin’s biological balance providing ultimate comfort and beautiful radiance.
How to use it: Warm the cream gently in your hands before patting into the skin to breakdown make-up and dirt.