5 things you need to know about anti-pollution skincare
Allies of Skin 1A All-Day Pollution Repair Mask, $145 for 30ml, Sephora
With a newly improved formula, this leave-on mask is now 50 per cent more concentrated and comes with a new key ingredient known as teprenone. This active ingredient helps to strengthen the skin’s cellular lining and aids in fading dark spots and pigmentation.
Antipodes Blessing Anti-Pollution Light Face Serum, $59.45 for 30ml
Formulated with nutrient-rich avocado and jojoba oil, this protects skin from harmful environmental aggressors, brightens the overall complexion and strengthens skin weakened by cell damage. Bonus: it even comes with pure essential oil fragrance of white jasmine to therapeutically calm and soothe skin.
Chanel L’Huile Anti-Pollution Cleansing Oil, $64 for 150ml
This is saturated with a blend of two marine active ingredients — depolluting micro-algae and fortifying marine salicornia extract. The former protects cells from micro-stress caused by pollution while the latter is harnessed with the ability to self-regulate water and strengthen and hydrate skin.
Lancome UV Expert Tone Up Milk, $75 for 30ml
Besides protecting your skin against daily aggressors such as UVA and UVB rays as well as urban pollution thanks to its key ingredient edelweiss, this also helps to boost skin’s radiance, even out skin tone and brighten complexion. Plus, it has a non-sticky, non-greasy and fast-absorbing texture.
Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Aqua Gel, $56 for 30ml
Besides its weightless, gel-based formula, this is made with a Pollution-Protecting Technology that forms a protective barrier on the skin to prevent oxidative stress (which may lead to inflammation, unwanted breakouts and accelerated skin ageing) caused by environmental factors, prominent in any urban jungle. Vitamin E is also infused to neutralise skin-damaging free radicals, offer antioxidant protection and hydrate.