There are a lot of ways in which pollution affects us on a daily basis. The smoke from car engines, dust and dirt in the other and humidity are only a few examples. The pollutants from these sources enter your skin through the pores, clog them and cause radical damage. This leads to various skin problems such as premature ageing and acne.
The result of this? Patchy, dehydrated skin that is full of dark spots, hyperpigmentation and uneven texture. Basically, not a pretty picture at all! Living in the metros has its downside after all. Leaving the city life and settling countryside is an absolutely impractical idea, so what’s a girl to do? Invest in skincare products that are brimming with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to provide your skin with an appropriate amount of protection.
To make it easier for you, we have listed down some of our favourite anti-pollution skincare essentials that will make protecting your skin seem like an absolute piece of cake.
- Pond’s Pure White Anti Pollution + Purity with Activated Charcoal Face Wash
- St. Ives Radiant Skin Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Scrub
- Lakmé Absolute Ideal Tone Refinishing Night Concentrate
- Simple Kind to Skin De-Stress Sheet Mask
- Dermalogica Protection 50 Sport SPF 50
Pond’s Pure White Anti Pollution + Purity with Activated Charcoal Face Wash
A cleanser plays a really important role when it comes to cleaning your skin because it helps wash away the surface pollutants. Swap your usual cleanser with the Pond’s Pure White Anti Pollution + Purity with Activated Charcoal Face Wash. Enriched with activated charcoal, this face cleanser helps to remove the effects of pollution and dead skin cells to reveal, clearer, radiant looking skin.
St. Ives Radiant Skin Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Scrub
A cleanser does only so much, but the best way to get rid of surface pollutants from your skin is to regularly exfoliate it. For this very purpose, we love the St. Ives Radiant Skin Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Scrub. It has a very gentle texture that scrubs away dead skin cells and dryness without being harsh on your skin. It deep cleanses pores, reduces radical damage and makes skin appear youthful and glowing.
Lakmé Absolute Ideal Tone Refinishing Night Concentrate
Serums are god-sent little babies to help tackle a number of skin issues, thanks to their potent active ingredients. Since our skin replenishes itself each night while we sleep, it is important to include a serum to our night time skincare routine. The Lakmé Absolute Ideal Tone Refinishing Night Concentrate is your best bet to reverse the effects of pollution. It gently exfoliates skin, reduces dead skin cells and clogged pores to transform dull and uneven skin texture.
Simple Kind to Skin De-Stress Sheet Mask
Sheet masks are a lazy girl’s best friend and we totally get why. They instantly brighten dull and tired looking skin without so much as lifting a finger. The Simple Kind to Skin De-Stress Sheet Mask is perfect is enriched with aloe extracts and multi vitamins to thoroughly hydrate and nourish your skin, while restoring the damage caused by free radicals.
Dermalogica Protection 50 Sport SPF 50
This is an absolute no-brainer, but wearing an SPF every single day prevents pollution and oxidative damage like nothing else. We highly recommend the Dermalogica Protection 50 Sport SPF 50 as it provides a prolonged protection against harmful UV rays and other free radicals. The lightweight formula helps neutralise damage and bind moisture to skin without a greasy after-feel.
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Written by Urvi Dalal on Nov 28, 2019
Writer, avid reader and hardcore beauty enthusiast is the best way to describe Urvi Dalal. With over 5 years of writing experience in the beauty industry, you can trust her to have the latest skin, hair and makeup tidbits on her fingertips. In her time working as a beauty writer, she has had the opportunity to interact and work closely with a string of dermatologists, makeup artists and hairstylists. All that knowledge exchange, coupled with her flair and love for writing make it possible for her to bring you some authentic yet fun beauty content. When Urvi isn’t working, you’d usually catch her curled up with a big, fat book, drinking a cup of tea or practising her makeup skills; there is no in-between!