On Guard: Our list of the best anti-pollution skincare products

Pollution levels are on the rise, and this is a particular concern for those who value their skin. The harmful aggressors in the air are not only known to cause redness, itching, inflammation and breakouts, but they’re also a large contributor to premature ageing. There’s no time better than the present then, to invest in some serious, skin-saving protection — here are 8 we recommend.

Janesce Solutions’ Antioxidant Complex Cream
A multi-purpose product worked into your morning routine guarantees a day-long defence barrier. Janesce Solutions’ effective Antioxidant Complex Cream, by blending the powerful anti-oxidant Pycnogenol with grape seed extract, enhances the skins immune response to disorders all while helping the skin eliminate waste.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Pollution Drops
Dr Barbara Sturm’s Anti-Pollution drops combine a melange of innovative antioxidant ingredients to be extra protecting: not only does it shield the face from environmental stressors in the air, but also the blue light radiation emitted from computers and phones. Plus, the simple dropper application makes it easy to use on the go.

Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi™ Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops
Drunk Elephant’s formula isn’t just protective, but glow-giving too. The radiance-boosting day drops are infused with chronopeptide — that mimics the antioxidant benefits of vitamin D — black currant seed oils and vitamin F to replenish the skin, while the mix of protective antioxidants boost its defence against pollution and environmental stressors — all with a bronzy finish to top it off.

CODAGE Mattifying Day Fluid
CODAGE’s Mattifying Day Fluid is designed specifically for those with oily skin, and is perfect for wearing under makeup thanks to its ultra-light formula. It combines the powers of mattifying salicylic acid and bamboo powder with the protective properties of Hawaiian microalgae, plant-based protective matrix, hyaluronic acid and hazelnut oil.

Swisse Matcha Tea Anti-Pollution Clay Mask
To really build an effective skin barrier, a regular intense, clay mask like Swisse’s Anti-Pollution variation is key. Not only does it protect the skin from environmental triggers, but it restores and revives dull complexions too. 

111Skin Pollution Defence Booster
Formulated with defensive peptides and antioxidants, 111Skin’s Pollution Defence Booster works to shield and safeguard the skin via two key ingredients: the über powerful NAC Y2, which rejuvenates the cells and protects the skin against environmental impurities, and the wondrous EnergiNius. An amino acid derived from the Indian Ginseng Root, EnergiNius reinforces skin and specifically protects against screen-emitted artificial light.

Chantecaille Anti-Pollution Mattifying Cream
Chantecaille’s Anti-Pollution Mattifying Cream is a multitasking hero that works as a hydrator, primer and protector all at on
ce. It also simultaneously helps to correct previous damage all while protecting it from new aggressors, by pairing a powerful blend of antioxidants with an innovative complex that provides protection against the sun, heavy metals and chemical pollutants.

Tata Harper Purifying Gel Cleanser
Especially beneficial for inner-city dwellers, this Purifying Gel Cleanser is specifically formulated for extra-polluted environments. When used to cleanse the face at the end of the day, it detoxifies the surface of the skin and absorbs all the oil and dirt buildup to cleanse skin without stripping it of its natural moisture.


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