Anti-pollution skincare is a massive trend at the moment and as we become more aware of the harmful effects of pollution on our skin we need to make sure we're doing the best we can. There are a number of things that can be harmful to our skin from UV rays to a bad diet but pollution tops the list for those of us who live in the city. Pollution is a silent assassin, you can't see it and you can't feel it so it can be easy to forget it's there but you can be sure it's wreaking havoc on your skin.
Marie Schmid, Head of Research Development at Clarins UK emphasises the effect of these factors on the appearance of the complexion: 'An accumulation of pollutant particles on the skin surface can diminish skin's radiance making it look dull.' Not exactly what we're after!
Pollution is a major skin enemy and these particles can not only clog pores, they can also penetrate deep into the epidermis and cause serious damage ' speeding up cellular ageing and can also cause hyper-pigmentation. I can also lead to acne, ruins your hard-earned beauty sleep, enhances dark spots and leaves skin parched.
So, what do we about it: Dr Howard Murad, certified dermatologist and founder of Murad Skincare, recommends wearing SPF everyday no matter the weather, and searching for products that contain antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and hydrators.
Make sure you're cleansing your face properly. This is a major priority to make sure you are removing as many harmful particles as possible. Do it as soon as you get home to minimise the time these particles have on your skin and then they have less chance of sinking in and doing damage.
Invest in targeted anti-pollution products. These tend to be packed with the good stuff that is specially formulated to banish pollutants from your skin. They include antioxidants to neutralise the damaging free radicals caused by pollution. Some products even create a clever barrier to stop the pollutant particles sticking to your skin in the first place.
We've picked up some of the top products that will combat those city fumes and keep your skin looking glowing!
Clarins Anti-Pollution Cleansing Milk: This cleansing milk with Alpine Herbs is amazing for removing all your makeup but also washing away any harmful pollutant particles. Use this morning and night to make sure you're setting yourself up as best you can to keep your skin protected.
Murad Essential C Day Moisturiser Cream: The entire environmental shield range is really effective at creating a barrier between your skin and the harmful effects of the atmosphere. The moisture cream works particularly well for everyday use as it's super hydrating and also contains SPF 30. Plus, it smells of oranges, amazing!
Clinique City Block Purifying Clay Mask + Scrub: This dual action mask purifies and polishes the skin for a proper deep clean treatment. Natural bamboo charcoal and kaolin clay help remove pollutants and impurities, while the natural silica beads gently refine your skins texture. Use once or twice a week to see the most benefits.
Decleor Anti-Pollution Hydrating Gel Cream: This gel cream is super hydrating and perfect for slathering on your skin after a day in the city air. Enriched with Moringa Olifeira extract, this moisturiser helps to hydrate the skin and reinforce its barrier, whilst creating a protective layer against pollution particles. It will leave the complexion looking luminous and beautifully smooth.
Murad Essential C Toner Environmental Shield: This toner is an essential part of anyone's skin regime; it refreshes and strengthens the skin's natural defence system. Helps restore to its natural pH levels whilst replenishing moisture and fighting free radical damage. You can use it at any time of the day to give yourself a little pick me up, the handy spritz bottle makes it's perfect for carrying around with you.