You’re already covered when it comes to SPF, but let’s talk about a skin care regimen that goes one step further by protecting your precious dermis from the environment. From free radicals — those pesky unpaired atoms that wreak havoc on your skin — to grimy urban pollutants and airborne toxins, which have been shown to break down collagen and damage skin’s DNA, your complexion could use a warrior that puts up a fight on your behalf. Today we’re showcasing seven awesome anti-pollution products that were formulated to do precisely that, so get your virtual shopping carts ready.
If you’re in the market for a multitasking face serum, The Better Skin Co. has your back (or would that be face?) with their Better Skin Super Shield. It’s formulated with some of today’s trendiest ingredients, including turmeric and aloe vera, as well as white horehound, henna, and pearl powder. All work together to seriously hydrate while shielding your skin from, as the brand says, “environmental nasties.”
Leave it to Drunk Elephant to formulate a one-of-a-kind anti-pollution hero. D-Bronzi stands apart in a crowd of moisturizers for three reasons: First, it battles free radicals and environmental pollutants with cocoa powder, vitamin F, and chronocylcin, which mimics the antioxidant power of vitamin D. Second, it contains platinum peptides to help nix fine lines while boosting elasticity. Third, it imparts a sheer bronzing effect across your skin for a “sunshine in a bottle” effect. Add a drop to your foundation, SPF or morning moisturizer.
If you’ve ventured into Target in the last few months, you might have been greeted with a shiny endcap from Versed Skincare, which is new-ish to the beauty scene. The collection features products under $20 with vegan, cruelty-free, dye-free, and fragrance-free formulas. Their Dew Point Moisturizing Gel Cream is a super-light hydrator with a jelly texture that instantly boosts moisture via sodium hyaluronate and aloe leaf juice. It also contains antioxidants found in green tea to help ward off free radicals from environmental stressors.
Everyone needs a midday pick-me-up, so why not choose one that cools, hydrates, and defends your skin against pollutants all at the same time? Ren Skincare’s Flash Defense Anti-Pollution Mist goes on super to create a non-sticky barrier between your skin and the smog in the air to help fight toxins and free radicals.
For a hydrating facial treatment that doubles as a warrior defense system, slather on Sephora Collection’s Acai Smoothie Mask. Its hero ingredient is acai berry extract, a potent antioxidant that wards off nasty pollutants and aggressors that can seriously damage your skin. Simply apply morning or night, let it set for 10 minutes, and then rinse away.
Knock out two birds in your morning routine by choosing a multi-tasking product like Cover FX’s Water Cloud Primer. It sets up your skin for your favorite foundation or BB cream, ensuring your makeup lasts throughout the day. Additionally, it contains a pollution defense concoction that helps protect your skin from blue light damage (caused by screens and indoor lightbulbs), free radical damage, and urban pollutants.
Matcha is another one of the skin care industry’s favorite ingredients, and for good reason: It’s rich in antioxidants, which help fight off pesky free radicals while also nourishing your skin. As the name implies, it’s the star ingredient in Peach & Lily’s Matcha Pudding Antioxidant Cream, which is also spiked with cape lilac extract, niacinamide, and adenosine. With those ingredients combined, the cream serves as a rich hydrator that creates a defense barrier over your skin while also brightening and firming.
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