As well as creating irreversible damage to our planet, pollutants in the air such as cigarette smoke, smog, fire burn off and car emissions can all contribute to congesting our skin and ultimately, accelerate the ageing process. Yikes. It’s pretty clear as consumers we know what’s up, too. Anti-pollution beauty product sales are soaring around the globe, up 73% according to UK department store Liberty.
So what exactly are the benefits of anti-pollution skincare? Essentially, they claim to create a barrier between your skin and the daily wear and tear of commuting/city living, often including ingredients to detoxify while ensuring your skin is protected from damaging particles.
If you're ready to dive into the trend, here are three anti-pollution products to add to your daily arsenal.
Caudalie Vineactiv Overnight Detox Oil
French beauty house Caudalie have a number of cult products already in their arsenal (their famous ‘Beauty Elixir’ a staple if you want nourished, dewy skin) and their Vineactiv overnight Detox Oil is on its way to the same lofty status. An evening oil that detoxifies the skin while you sleep, this nourishing oil is packed with repairing ingredients like omega 6 and vitamin E, lavender neroli and sandalwood essential oils to draw out daily pollutants from your skin. Get it here.
REN Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist
A spray-and-go shield for your skin, REN’s Anti-Pollution Mist creates a barrier between your skin and harmful pollutants and free radicals in the air, while also strengthening your skin’s natural defence system from future damage. Spritz over your face neck and décolletage for a dewy glow and bulk protection. Get it here.
Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly
Clinique’s Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly is an incredibly lightweight, water-free serum that creates a physical barrier over your skin. Using the wonder ingredient that is hyaluronic acid, it keeps nasty pollutants out while ensuring your skin is nourished and moisturised. Bonus points for being vegan, paraben, phthalates, and fragrance free. Get it here.
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