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Anti-Pollution Skin Care

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Is the hustle and bustle of city life calling your name? Before you get wrapped up in the shiny cars and skyscrapers, pack yourself some pollution-fighting products. Pollution-fighting skin and beauty products are starting to pop up everywhere, from online catalogs to store shelves.

Skincare and beauty brands are expanding their lineup to cater to city dwellers. Protection against environmental aggressors is expanding beyond the sun to include protection against dangerous gases and particulate matter. When you live in a city, tiny debris can cause our skin to dull and accumulate grime (yuck!) faster than normal.

These pollutants interact with the natural gases in the air to produce three major types of free radicals(fr): oxygen fr, carbon fr, and nitrogen fr, tiny little skin assailants which can lead to aging, dark spots, and hyperpigmentation.

Pollution is not likely to disappear anytime soon due to climate change, so it’s in your skin’s best interest to build a defense team of skin and beauty products. To ensure your products effectively protect your skin, keep an eye out for products with antioxidants like Vitamins A, C, and E to combat oxygen-free radicals.

For protection against carbon and nitrogen free radicals, skin experts study compounds derived from Vitamin E research and marine algae called ‘lipochroman’ and ‘algin’, respectively. And of course, never forget to top your routine off with reliable sunscreen.

Here are our top picks to include in your anti-pollution regime.

Our Picks:

Dr. Sturm Anti-Pollution Drops, $145

This innovative serum contains a special Skin Protect Complex, with extracts derived from Marine Microorganisms to help strengthen the skin’s defense against urban pollution and signs of atmospheric skin aging.

Key Ingredients: Hyaluronic Acid, Alteromonas Ferment Extract, Cocoa Seed Extract, Purslane Extract, Betaine

Grown Alchemist Detox Serum Antioxidant+3 Complex, $55

This lightweight, oil-free serum absorbs quickly into the skin. Recommended for daily use to detoxify the skin of not only traditionally targeted Oxygen free radicals and also ones caused by Carbon and Nitrogen.

Key Ingredients: Tri-peptides, Complex Antioxidants, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract,Ashwagandha Extract, Niacinamide

Sukin Naturals Anti-Pollution Facial Masque, $16.99

The Charcoal helps absorb toxins and impurities which reveals purified and cleansed skin. Rooibos Tea, Willowherb and Aloe Vera revitalise and refresh blemish prone skin.

Key Ingredients: Kaolin, Bamboo Charcoal, Rooibos Tea, Willowherb, Aloe Vera Extract

DrRoebuck's Tassie Anti-Pollution Serum, $75

Tassie provides the skin with antioxidants that prevent current environmental damage while restoring the skin from past damage, making it essential for those bracing the elements, even sitting at your office desk.

Key Ingredients: Myramaze, Blueberry extract, Vitamin C, Amino Acids, Peptides

Graydon Skincare Fullmoon Serum, $87

Formulated with a pH value of 5.5-6.0. This ultra-lightweight, water-based natural retinol alternative face serum will help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while leaving your skin feeling lifted and revitalized for a more radiant-looking complexion.

Key Ingredients: Moth bean extract, Hibiscus Extract,  Mahogany Bark Extract, Morninga Extract, Blue Tansy Extract, Senna Extract, Malachite Extract

innisfree Intensive Anti Pollution Sunscreen SPF50+ PA++++, $18.25

Anti-pollution formula to block out fine dust. Your skin can stay healthier thanks to the anti-pollution function, which prevents fine dust particles from adhering to your skin both indoors and outdoors.

Key Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (Nano), Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate , Titanium Dioxide (Nano)

Dr Loretta Urban Antioxidant Sunscreen SPF 40, $50

Can also be used as a primer or as a lightweight foundation. Blends seamlessly into light, medium and dark skin tones. Safe for sensitive skin, acne-prone and rosacea. Can also be used as a primer or as a lightweight foundation.

Key Ingredients: Antioxidant Lipochroman, Indian Ginseng Extract, Galangal Root Extract, Rice Peptides, Homosalate, Octisalate, Octocrylene, Zinc Oxide