Skin and the City: Anti-pollution beauty care
Living in the city means contact with smoke, smog, dust and other irritants of everyday life which can dull the complexion and advance skin ageing. Already big in South Korea, the current world leader in beauty trends, top skincare brands are now embracing the concept and are adding skin-barrier repair technology to many formulas. So, short of upping sticks to the countryside, here are some options that may just help shield your skin.
When it comes to anti-pollution skincare, you need more than simple hydration and nourishment. For a day cream, La Roche-Posay’s Pigmentclar Day Care SPF 30 is suitable for all skin types and boasts a powerful anti-dark spot complex as well as sun and UVA protection, to help guard your skin against the appearance of dark spots and a greying complexion. Apply a thin layer each morning to the face (avoiding eye area), neckline and hands, for a smoother and more uniform skintone.
Another great option to help protect skin on your daily commute is REN Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream. This fast-absorbing product has been developed specifically for skin that suffers from the effects of city life. To combat redness and sensitivity, this cream’s formula features an array of natural ingredients, including seaweed and Arctic cranberry seed extracts, and has a lovely subtle scent with hints of chamomile, mandarin orange and aromatic Ho Wood oil.
Just as important as protecting your face during the day, is having an evening routine which cleanses away grime as well as caked-on make-up. Designed for both oily and sensitive skin, use MOA (Magic Organic Apothecary) Daily Cleansing Ritual to wash away the remnants of the day. Start by taking a little of The Green Balm, which includes anti-inflammatory yarrow, melting it between your fingertips to create an oil-like consistency and then smear on the face. Proceed to dip the accompanying bamboo fibre cloth in cold water and press to your face to tone and remove excess oils and impurities.
To top off your regime, dab a little of Kiehl’s Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque onto your face, neck and other dry areas. The tissue-off treatment is designed to be used as final, leave-on step of your night-time routine. It works to draw out built up pollution and replenish nutrients to revive the skin's radiance and minimise damage caused by environmental aggressors.
And when you’ve got some free time on the weekend, give Sukin’s Anti-Pollution Facial Masque Plus Charcoal a whirl. As well as bamboo charcoal, this luxurious product has the added benefits of rooibos tea and willowherb to target impurities to keep pores clear, while bilberry, white tea and pomegranate impart antioxidants for a healthy glow.