Anti-Pollution Skincare

Mayor Sadiq Khan might be pushing pollution to the top of the agenda, but there are still dangerous levels of nitrogen dioxide in London’s air. The dirty particles emitted from diesel cars and vans not only harm our lungs but also wreak havoc with our skin, with pollutants blocking pores and prompting early ageing. These skincare products offer much-needed anti-pollution protection:

REN’s Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist

This superstar product is naturally derived from plants making it safe to use on all skin types. It sprays as a fine mist that forms an invisible non-sticky layer over the skin that traps out pollution. The benefit of this spray is that it works instantly and can even be applied over make up. Keep it in your handbag and spritz before your commute home. £24 renskincare.com

Dr Barbara Sturm’s Anti-Pollution Drops

These drops – with a texture like a serum – are not only ultra-moisturising and full of antioxidants but they also protect skin against blue light emitted by our screens. So-called ‘digital ageing’ is combatted with an active ingredient obtained from cocoa seeds. The hefty price tag is worth it – you only need a tiny amount each day. £105 cultbeauty.co.uk

This Works Three-Step Evening Detox 

Hooked on This Works Sleep Spray, we’re hugely excited to try this brand new three-step anti-pollution skincare. Designed to be used in the evening after a day out and about in the city, the Cleansing Water decongests the skin and gently removes dirt and pollution, whilst the leave-on spray contains anti-inflammatory Witch Hazel and exfoliating Salicylic Acid. The purifying mask provides a deeper 10-minute detox with Malachite & Kaolin clay. Trio on introductory offer at £57.40 (usually £82)  thisworks.com

Caudalie Overnight Vine Activ Detox Oil

This overnight elixir is a natural blend of five essential oils and three vegetal oils that combats stress, pollution, UVs and free radicals. It’s especially good on fine lines, sinking in overnight and leaving skin plumped and healthy by morning, and it also smells lovely. £30 johnlewis.com

Glossier’s Invisible Shield

Despite knowing we ought to wear an SPF every day, suncream can be so unpleasant and greasy that it’s something we dread applying. This water gel is very light and protects against the sun with SPF30 and also against pollution with a fermented yeast and vegetal extract that create a breathable ‘invisible shield’. You won’t even notice you’re wearing it. £20 glossier.com

— Emily Streatfeild Moore
25th April 2018