You probably know that sun damage is the number one cause of skin ageing, but did you know pollution comes a close second? People living in cities can look much older than their rural counterparts because they are exposed to tiny particles of pollutants from cars, cigarettes and construction sites on a daily basis.
These particles of pollutants settle on your face clogging pores and giving rise to free radicals that compromise the skin’s natural defences, cause inflammation, dehydration and make you look older faster. So what’s a girl to do? Switching up your skincare routine to include products that are high in antioxidants, hydrating and nourishing ingredients will help minimise damage and protect skin. Here are seven you should add to your routine.
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Canvas Detox Cleanser $69.80
This gentle foam cleanser deep cleanses to remove dirt and impurities, boosts cell renewal process and protects skin from further damage from pollution for brighter, hydrated skin.
Skinceuticals C E Ferulic, $248
This serum is effective for up to 72 hours and works to reduce free radical damage and strengthen skin with 15 per cent pure vitamin C and ferulic acid – both potent antioxidants – and vitamin E.
Dr. Weil For Origins Mega Defence SPF 20 Barrier Boosting Eye Cream, $73
Protect the delicate skin around your eyes from pollution and sun damage with this lightweight eye cream that hydrates and brightens.
Chantecaille Anti-Pollution Mattifying Cream
Pores appear smaller, while your skin will look smoother and glowing after using this lightweight cream that helps minimise shine while preventing damage from dust and pollution.
Murad City Skin Overnight Detox Moisturiser, $146
Ideal for dry to combination skin types, this cream is packed with potent antioxidants, botanicals and nourishing ingredients. It works hard while you sleep to deliver healthy, hydrated and radiant skin.
Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Hydrating Shield, $99
It forms a protective layer to prevent particles of pollution and toxins from settling into your skin while undoing damage from free radicals and strengthening collagen and elastin, the building blocks of the skin.
Kiehl’s Cilantro and Orange Extract Pollutant Purifying Mask, $62
Draw out impurities, nourish skin cells and strengthen skin’s natural defences against pollution with this leave-on mask.