Five Anti-Pollution Skincare Products You Need In Your Routine 
Five Anti-Pollution Skincare Products You Need In Your Routine 

Five Anti-Pollution Skincare Products You Need In Your Routine 

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Pollution is an unavoidable reality of our modern lives, and its impact on our skin is becoming increasingly evident. The harsh reality is that whether you live in a bustling city or the tranquil countryside, your skin is constantly exposed to environmental pollutants that can wreak havoc on its health and appearance. But, by embracing the power of anti-pollution skincare, you can safeguard your skin from the harmful effects of pollution and maintain a glowing complexion. Here, we delve into the world of anti-pollution skincare, exploring the best products to fully protect your skin from the daily assault of pollution.  

What does pollution do to your skin? 

Wondering what pollution actually does to your skin? “After the sun, pollution is the skin’s biggest aggressor,” says Jason Roberts, Clarins Retail Trainer. “Even if you work from home, you are still exposed to pollutants (airborne pollution from dust, cooking, etc.), and if left on the skin and not cleansed away before bed, the skin suffocates beneath this film of nasties,” he adds. Outside pollutants such as smoke, exhaust fumes, and heavy metals can also penetrate the skin’s barrier, leading to inflammation, premature ageing, and a dull complexion.  

How to protect your skin from pollution 

Protecting your skin from pollution requires a multi-faceted approach. Firstly, limit your exposure to pollutants by avoiding heavily polluted areas whenever possible. Secondly, incorporate products into your skincare routine that act as shields against pollution and effectively remove any residue. Lastly, consider using skincare that helps mitigate the negative effects of pollution, promoting healthy and radiant skin.  

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What are the benefits of anti-pollution skincare? 

Offering a range of benefits, anti-pollution skincare works tirelessly to defend your skin against the harmful effects of pollution. They form a protective barrier on the skin’s surface, preventing pollutants from penetrating and causing damage. Additionally, they help to neutralise cell damaging free radicals, reduce inflammation, and promote the skin’s natural defence mechanisms. 

What ingredients protect against pollution and how does anti-pollution skincare work? 

Anti-pollution skincare products harness the power of specific ingredients that are known for their protective properties. Look for products that contain antioxidants like vitamin C and E, which neutralise free radicals and reduce oxidative stress – a process that leads to the breakdown of collagen, increasing the speed at which we experience skin sagging, lines and wrinkles. Niacinamide is another anti-pollution powerhouse. It’s a potent ingredient, that strengthens the skin barrier, preventing pollutants from entering. While, hyaluronic acid helps to hydrate and plump the skin, counteracting the drying effects of pollution. Botanical extracts such as green tea, chamomile, and moringa extract also provide additional protection and soothe the skin.  

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The best products for a pollution-proof skincare routine 

Clarins UV Plus [5P] Anti-Pollution SPF 50 Translucent, £34 

UV Plus Translucent

Shield your skin from both harmful UV rays and pollution with this lightweight and non-greasy sunscreen. Its broad-spectrum protection and anti-pollution complex keep your skin safe and radiant.  

Clarins Velvet Cleansing Milk, £25 

Clarins Velvet Cleansing Milk

A gentle cleanser which effectively removes impurities and traces of pollution while maintaining the skin’s natural moisture balance. It’s also enriched with botanical extracts of gentian and lemon balm, to calm, soften and soothe the skin.   

Clarins Double Serum, £62 

Clarins Double Serum

This iconic serum helps to combat the visible effects of pollution on the skin, thanks to 21 active plant extracts. And its dual-phase formula targets multiple signs of ageing, promoting a more youthful and radiant complexion.  

Clarins Hydra-Essentiel [HA2] Cream SPF15, £38 

hydra essentiel night cream

Hydration is key when it comes to protecting the skin from pollution. This moisturiser provides intense hydration, replenishing the skin’s moisture levels and strengthening its natural defences.  

Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil, £40 

Essential Oil For Dry Skin

Nourish and revitalise your skin with this luxurious facial oil. Formulated with essential oils, it restores radiance and protects against environmental aggressors, including pollution.  

Remember, prevention is key. So don’t forget to cleanse thoroughly and incorporate these anti-pollution skincare products into your daily routine to help strengthen your skin’s defences against pollution.   

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