When the weather warms up most of us are pretty savvy about sun protection, but did you know your skin can be affected by air pollution in the summer heat too? According to recent studies, pollution is one of the biggest threats to skin health.
Research from the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that this kind of pollution accounts for up to 50% of skin ageing. This is because particles from pollution (known as free radicals) actually penetrate the surface of the skin. This leads to a breakdown of collagen – the stuff that keeps our skin looking youthful and plump.
So, what can we do? Using products that contain antioxidants like green tea extract and spirulina algae can neutralise free radicals before they do any damage. The following products are great for protecting your skin from the harsh effects of air pollution.
This facemask actually works to reverse damage already done by free radicals. It does this using vitamin C and Indian fig which also protects against future damage, giving you a youthful glow.
This formula has a 100% mineral filter and a patented anti-pollution complex to fight free radicals. Now coming in three skin-perfecting tints, you don’t even need to apply foundation over the top.
Orico Streetwise Oxygenating Day Cream (£28)
This day cream fights off urban pollution using a clinical bioactive and antioxidants like Argan oil and macadamia nut. Helping to smooth skin tone and boost radiance, your skin will thank you after using.
Perfect for those who need an extra hit of hydration, Olay’s moisturiser helps to heal the daily wear and tear from environmental damage. The anti-ageing ingredients will also work to keep your complexion looking youthful for longer.
Clarisonic Aria (£155)
For truly cleansed skin, Clarisonic brushes are the way to go. Proven to remove up to 30 times more pollution than manual cleansing, this electric cleanser is ideal if you live in a highly polluted area.