The typical skincare routine might seem to target every ailment possible, but even the strictest of us fail to tackle the biggest irritant we face daily: pollution.
Not only does stepping out on your commute taint your skin faster than you can cleanse it, pollution particles can speed up the ageing of your skin. Measuring less than two and a half microns, they penetrate down to the epidermis, speeding up cellular deterioration and causing hyperpigmentation.
In fact, a 2014 study by Olay found that living in a highly polluted area ages people 10 per cent faster than those in the countryside.
While regularly cleansing your skin can help prevent some damage, the effects often go deep enough that even skincare affeciendos should consider incorporating an extra step into their regimes. Here are our top picks to start building your barrier against pollution.
If you haven’t incorporated SPF into your skincare routine yet, this product doubles up as protection from UV rays and environmental aggressors.
Containing Pollustop − a chemical creating a protective film over the skin − the Face Fluid prevents the development of age spots and premature wrinkles.