Skin and the City: Pollution proof your skincare

Lara Mansour   |   18-02-2017

There are a number of things which are harmful to our skin, from UV rays to a bad diet, however pollution tops the list when it comes to those who live in cities. Exposure to daily pollutants increases sebum production, amplifies dehydration, and reduces natural anti-oxidant defences at the skin’s surface. Pollution particles can also be responsible for skin irritations and increased skin sensitivity. The accumulation of pollutant particles on the skin surface can diminish skin’s radiance making it look dull, and the damage in turn, can also lead to ageing and wrinkles on the skin’s surface. Cleansing is crucial as a solution to this potential damage, with evening time being most important to ensure any pollution is removed, and then regular facials to deep-clean the skin, or an enzyme peel at home to dissolve the dead surface layers where any pollution will be trapped are necessary to achieve a clean, clear complexion. Here, we have picked the most effective products available, to help treat and prevent pollution affected skin.


  1. Dior One Essential City Defense Toxin Shield
  2. Kiehl’s Cilantro and Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque
  3. Chanel UV Essentiel UV Pollution Daily Defender
  4. Dior One Essential Detoxifying Mist Purity Booster
  5. Clinique City Block Purifying
  6. Foreo Luna Go
  7. Foreo Luna Mini 2
  8. Clarins BB Anti Pollution Beauty Perfector
  9. Clarins BB Skin Detox Fluid
  10. Lancôme City Miracle CC Cream Complexion Beautifier
  11. Dior One Essential Intense Skin Detoxifying Booster Serum

By: Eliza Scarborough

Photographer: Henry Pascual