For many, skincare is a chore that requires our regular attention. Yeah, it’s not easy, but just think about it—our skin works 24/7 to give us protection, so the least we can do is take care of it. For on-the-go gents and ladies in the city, especially, pollution is among their greatest enemy. But no need to get discouraged, because there are many ways to beat it. Consider these your weapons against pollution.
Urban Decay All Nighter Pollution Defense Makeup Setting Spray
It’s no wonder many have fallen in love with this award-winning formula which, as the name suggests, keeps users looking fresh until dawn. According to their website, Urban Decay’s setting sprays are equipped with “patented, time-release Temperature Control Technology that actually lowers the temperature of your makeup to help it last longer.” Additionally, the lightweight formula acts as a long-lasting protective barrier to guard your skin. Available on Nordstrom
Allies of Skin All-Day Pollution Repair Mask
This leave-on day treatment mask is designed to instantly repair damaged skin, with the gentleness of a moisturizer. On top of the “nine antioxidants and a 16.5 percent Repair Complex” that promises to reduce and combat inflammation that leads to skin damage, the site notes that it also “forms a breathable anti-pollution shield supported by a next-generation blend of [formula] that reduces Transepidermal Water Loss (TEWL) and purifies the skin against High Energy Visible (HEV) light.” Available on Sephora.
Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant
This highly-active resurfacer not only gives you smooth skin, but helps fight the biochemical and environmental triggers that dull the skin. Their advanced powder formula has anti-pollution technology that promises to help absorb environmental toxins from deep within the pores, and guard your skin from the damaging effects of pollution. (Note: If you’re using medically-prescribed exfoliation products, it’s best to check with your dermatologist first before using this.) Available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source
Human Nature Pollution Defense Face Cleanser
If you have acne-prone and sensitive skin, and looking for a gentle, non-drying facial wash that’s also tough on dirt, we recommend you get this. It has 97.8 percent natural formula comprised of NaturProtect Actives, bamboo charcoal, bentonite clay, moringa seed extract that removes dirt, excess oil, and skin-damaging pollutants. It’s ideal for daily use, as a second step cleanser. Available onBeauty MNL.
Galénic Aqua Urban Pollution Defense Mist
This hydrating mist is especially perfect for commuters like me. It delivers instant defense against pollution and dehydration, and it’s so convenient to use. This non-sticky mist contains Dandelion extract, combined with moisturizing agents, which leaves the skin radiant and with a refined texture. Oh, and it has floral fragrance, with musky notes. Talk about instant freshness in a bottle. Available online.