Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart Broad Spectrum SPF50/PA++++ Hydrating Shield ($99 for 40ml)

WHAT Apart from shielding your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, this paraben-free sunscreen purportedly offers protection against ambient particulate matter. These air pollutants contain skin-damaging free radicals that compromise the skin’s ability to repair itself.

Tested against pollutants in heavily polluted cities such as New York, Paris, Beijing and Mumbai, the sheer, hydrating sunscreen has a DNA Enzyme Complex designed to strengthen the skin. It also has an anti-pollution complex, comprising antioxidants such as Idebenone, green tea and ferulic acid, to counter free-radical damage caused by pollution and UV exposure.

“The texture of this sunscreen feels like a lightweight fluid serum that spreads easily over my skin. I like that it left a radiant finish on my complexion, and I find that it works beautifully as a makeup base before my foundation. On its own, my skin glows and looks healthy.” – Simone Wu, beauty editor of Simply Her