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How to Protect Yourself Against Pollution

How to Protect Yourself Against Pollution

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By now, you've likely worked SPF into your daily skincare routine. (And if you haven't, what are you waiting for?) But UV rays aren't the only thing you need to guard yourself against. Pollution is a growing concern in the skincare world. How might you ask? Let us break down the scary results of pollution, plus how to protect yourself against it!

What is pollution: This might sound like a no-brainer, but pollution is contaminants caused by exhaust fumes, smog, smoke, industrial waste, tobacco, chemicals, and yes, even the ozone.

What does it cause: Other than being bad for the environment and your health, pollution can affect your skin. Pollution can create oxidative stress and harmful free radicals, which as we know can cause a disruption and inflammation in skin's barrier. In addition, microscopic particles in the air can clog pores! Exposure to this over time can increase the likelihood of premature aging, sagging skin, loss of luster, discoloration, and dreaded lines and wrinkles.

How to fight it: Thankfully, the beauty world is taking note of this harmful skin aggressor. There are many beauty products touting anti-pollution benefits. And many contain UVA and UVB protectors, so you can get in that SPF fix too!

MAKE Beauty Moonlight Primer

Price: $55 at makebeauty.com

This silicone-free gel primer not only gets skin ready for makeup, but it also protects against High Energy Visible (HEV) Light and diminishes the impact of Infrared (IR) Light, as well as pollution!


Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum

Price: $62 at Sephora

Designed to combat a whole slew of free radicals caused by UV rays, cigarette smoke, and pollution, this potent serum is an uber hydrating wrinkle-fighter.


AmorePacific Future Response Age Defense Creme SPF 30

Price: $195 at Sephora

With SPF 30, this daily moisturizer works double duty, fighting the sun's rays and pollution as well as reducing inflammation.


Clarins UV PLUS Anti-Pollution Sunscreen Multi-Protection Tint SPF 50

Price: $44 at Sephora 

One of the most talked about in the anti-pollution movement, Clarins is making waves with this tinted moisturizing SPF. Thanks to SPF 50 and a free-radical fighting formula, this is one product that tackles all that the environment throws at you.

Which anti-pollution product do you swear by? Sound off in the comments below!

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