How to Get Better Skin if You Live in a City

You may not have realized it, but all those cars, buses and factories you see as you walk through the city aren’t just bad for the environment, they are bad for your skin. Certain airborne particles, created by pollution, can actually penetrate your skin. Once in your skin, they break down your skin’s lipid layer, which will cause increased inflammation, loss of collagen, dehydration, and a reduction in cell turnover. However, all is not lost. By making simple changes to your skincare routine, you can reduce the effects of pollution on your skin.


Start by looking at products with antioxidants and probiotics. The antioxidants are known to combat signs of aging, dullness, and wrinkles, while the probiotics will increase the production of vital protection cells in your skin, making it healthier and less prone to damage from the pollutants. Also, look for products with Vitamin A, Vitamin E or minerals, such as zinc or copper.

Products to Try

Anti Pollution
Origins A Perfect World Antioxidant Moisturizer with White Tea ($53)
Kiehl’s Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque ($44)
Aqua+ PM Zero Anti-Pollution Moisturizing Cream ($60)
Clinque City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 25 ($31)
Sephora Collection Sleeping Mask in Green Tea, Lingzhi or Algea ($5)
Will you be trying out an anti-pollution skincare routine? Let me know in the comments below!
P.S. Want to try more sleeping masks? Click here to find one that works with your skin!

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