5 Products That Protect Your Skin Against Pollution

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Along with the rise of current skincare trends, pollution is another buzzword that keeps cropping up in the world of beauty. Not one to stand out unlike other skincare traits, pollution can in fact have a silent impact on the skin which can often go unnoticed, becoming a more concerning issue in the long run and causing wrinkles quicker than you can say premature ageing, if you live or work in a city. 

For my fellow Oxford Street lovers, I hate to break it to you, but Oxford Street has been classed as one of the world’s worst streets for pollution, raising increased sebum production in the skin, dehydration levels, dull skin, premature ageing and a weakened defensive barrier, and that’s before we’ve even crossed the road to get our claws into Topshop. 

Whilst there isn’t much that can be done to reduce the current air quality levels during the current climate, there are ways you can work towards protecting your skin against the damaging effects of pollution. Here are 5 skincare steps I couldn’t be without. 

With the levels of pollution now at an all time high, I can’t preach enough how important it is to double cleanse as soon as you get home to ensure your skin is clarifyingly clean. Try using an oil based cleanser or micellar water first to remove a few layers of the days dirt, followed by Vichy’s Purete Thermale Fresh Cleansing Gel to remove pollution particles, dust and excess sebum. Enriched with extracts of Glycerin and Moringa combined with Amilite Technology, this refreshing cleanser helps to super boost skin and provide it with the right defense mechanism to face another day. 

Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant Exfoliant - £55.00

A good exfoliation regime can help to recharge skin that’s suffering at the hands of environmental defects. Dermalogica’s Daily Superfoliant Exfoliant contains anti pollution ingredients of Activated Binchotan Charcoal, Niacinamide, Red Algae and Tara Fruit to refine skin texture and unclog pores. 

The Body Shop
The use of Matcha has been praised in just about every aspect from latte’s to ice cream recently, but could The Body Shop’s Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask be a winning ingredient that’s the key to solving the effects of pollutants on the skin? Made with Matcha Green Tea from Japan, Dandelion Extract and Aloe Vera from Mexico, this mask is seriously something else. A little goes a long way with this product, so try applying a thin layer to skin for 10 - 15 minutes, for a glowing and clear complexion. 

I’m a huge believer in serums being deserving of a lot more credit than they’re given. Disliked once for their uncalled presence and sticky consistencies, serums have come a long way since their heyday and paved the way for superior skin. Looking for the ultimate serum to incorporate into your anti pollution routine? Caudalie’s Vineactive Glow Serum contains everything you need to fight against environmental aggressors and keep your glow goals intact.

Origins A Perfect World SPF 40 - £36.50

Whether your melanin is popping or you’re very fair, wearing an SPF throughout the day is a key beauty rule to kicking pollutions butt. Origins A Perfect World SPF 40 has been formulated with White Tea, Edelweiss and White Birch for a highly effective antioxidant friendly moisturiser that won’t compromise on your skin’s sparkle. 

Words By: Stephanie Orr

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