Pollution is never a good thing, but are we aware of the damage it’s doing to our skin? MELANIE MORRIS recommends five fabulous products that fight pollution and protect the skin.
Prevage City Smart SPF50 Hydrating Shield, €65
Tested in conditions with an AQI of 500+, this gamechanger product screens out 98% of harmful UVB rays; it provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and improves skin tone whilst also reducing discolouration, thanks to a rich feed of anti-oxidants and exclusive DNA enzyme- boosting complex.
Kiehl’s Cilantro and Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Mask, €34
A delicious leave-on, overnight mask, this uses oil from the coriander (cilantro) seed to boost skin barrier function, and antioxidant-rich orange extract to renew and nourish. Use up to three times weekly.
Clarins Booster Repair, €39
One of three elixirs (others are Detox and Energy) to restore the skin from external aggressors. Add a few drops to any skincare to reduce the feeling of discomfort, strengthen the skin and reduce environmental inflammation and redness. Can be used day and night.
SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic, €150
A hero product in the antioxidant category, apply this impactful serum on cleansed skin each day as step one of a protective, effective skincare regime.
The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask, €25
Inspired by Ayurvedic traditions, this mud mask contains bamboo charcoal to draw out impurities from the pores, plus antioxidant-rich green tea and cleaning, anti-bacterial tea tree oil.