We all know the importance of protecting our skin from the damaging effects of UV rays—but preventing visible signs of aging doesn’t stop there. Pollution in the form of car exhaust, factory emissions and chemicals we encounter indoors and out does a negative number on the skin as well, and there’s no escaping the miniscule particles that are small enough the penetrate the pores. Once pollution enters the skin, it causes inflammation while damaging collagen and elastin, in turn promoting the formation of fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration and sensitivity. Wearing a HAZMAT suit obviously isn’t the ideal solution, but skincare products formulated specifically to offset the effects of pollution are.
Dr. Loretta Gentle Hydrating Cleanser
Designed to hydrate and soothe the skin while washing away pollution particles and neutralizing damaging free radicals, this lightweight gel cleanser is the perfect way to start your morning and evening skincare routines. Powerful enough to provide a deep-down clean without stripping the skin of its natural oils or causing irritation, the gentle formula is also free of parabens, phthalates, artificial fragrance and dyes to further minimize the skin’s exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Pollution Drops
Featuring a naturally-derived blend of cocoa seed and marine microbe extracts, this serum creates a protective barrier on the skin that keeps inflammation and damage caused by pollution and blue light at bay. Even more, daily use also helps strengthen the skin’s barrier while improving dryness, dullness, uneven skin tone and other visible side effects of ongoing environmental assault.
Paula’s Choice DEFENSE Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30
Offering mineral-based broad-spectrum sun protection, antioxidants to fight environmental damage and a lit-from-within, makeup-optional glow, this multitasking daily sunscreen has your skin’s needs covered. In addition to a blend of licorice, kiwi and argan extracts plus vitamin-derived free-radical protection, it also hydrates, repairs and defends the skin against damage caused by the sun, airborne pollution and unavoidable blue light emitted by electronic devices.
REN Clean Skincare Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist
Your antioxidant and SPF need a mid-day boost to maintain their protection, and that’s where this handy mist comes in. Formulated with corn and yeast extracts that form a weightless barrier to literally block chemicals and free radicals from coming in contact with the skin, plus zinc and manganese amino acids courtesy of Wakame seaweed from the south of France for an extra dose of antioxidants, simply spritz yourself anytime or anywhere (and you can use it on your hair, too).
Pollution and free radicals work hand in hand to accelerate aging, and you can give your skin an antioxidant boost from the inside out with this dermatologist-recommended daily supplement. Offering potent protection from environmental damage courtesy of the Polypodium leucotomos fern native to Central and South America, one capsule a day has been proven to safety inhibit the formation of free radicals associated with environmental exposure—and enhance the benefits of sunscreen.