There are a lot of ways in which pollution affects us on a daily basis. The smoke from car exhausts, dust, dirt and humidity are only a few examples. The pollutants from these sources enter your skin through the pores, clog them and cause free radical damage.

It manifests as patchy, dehydrated skin with hyperpigmentation, dark spots and uneven skin texture. Basically, not a pretty picture at all! Living in the metros has its downside after all. Leaving the city life and settling in the countryside is an impractical idea, so what’s a girl to do? Invest in the right kind of products that are packed with essential antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to effectively protect your skin, of course!

Here’s a list of all the anti-pollution skincare essentials you’ll need to win the battle against free radical damage and restore healthy skin.

Pond’s Pure White Anti Pollution + Purity with Activated Charcoal Face Wash
 

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
 

St. Ives Radiant Skin Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Scrub

Free radicals are the number one cause of clogged pores and to remove them, it is important to include an exfoliant in your skincare routine. We love the St. Ives Radiant Skin Pink Lemon & Mandarin Orange Scrub, which is a gentle yet effective skin exfoliant to polish away dead skin cell build-up and reveal radiant looking skin. It deep cleanses pores, reduces free radical damage and makes skin appear youthful and glowing. 

Lakmé Absolute Ideal Tone Refinishing Night Concentrate
 

Lakmé Absolute Ideal Tone Refinishing Night Concentrate

Serums are a godsend when it comes to tackling a number of skin issues, thanks to their potent active ingredients. It is important to use a serum every night to counter free radical damage and help your skin replenish itself while you sleep. 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 cell build-up and hence, clogged pores, to transform dull and uneven skin texture into healthier, smoother looking skin.

Simple Kind to Skin De-Stress Sheet Mask
 

Simple Kind to Skin De-Stress Sheet Mask

Sheet masks are a lazy girl’s best friend and why not? They offer the perfect pick-me-up for dull and tired skin without too much effort. The Simple Kind to Skin De-Stress Sheet Mask is perfect, as it is enriched with aloe extracts and multi-vitamins to thoroughly hydrate and nourish your skin, while reversing the damage caused by free radicals.

Dermalogica Protection 50 Sport SPF 50
 

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 prolonged protection against harmful UV rays and free radicals. The lightweight formula helps neutralise the damage and binds moisture to the skin without a greasy after-feel.

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