Air pollution can be one of the biggest saboteurs of our beauty routine, causing premature ageing, dehydration and tired-looking skin. But fortunately there are a number of savvy new beauty products that have been designed especially to tackle the smog, toxins and free radicals that appear to be an unavoidable part of city life.
Read on for our round up of products that will protect and restore your skin from the inside out.
Pukka Wholistic Turmeric capsules
The best skincare routine starts from within, as specific vitamins, minerals and even spices can help your skin to renew and naturally combat free radicals. Turmeric is one of the superfoods of the moments and for good reason – studies suggest that this spice may possess strong antioxidant activity which could directly reduce skin ageing, while also soothing inflammation and restoring a healthy glow.
£15.95 for 30 capsules – available at pukkaherbs.com.
Solgar's Collagen Hyalauronic Acid Complex
Victoria Beckham has previously credited collagen pills as one of her anti-ageing secrets, and it appears they could also protect your skin from the appearance from the fine lines, skin dryness and scaling that can be associated with pollution.
Try taking Solgar's Collagen Hyalauronic Acid complex (£33.86 for 30 tablets), which is designed to assist with essential collagen production and improve skin elasticity, which can be damaged by air pollutants and free radicals.
£33.86 for a one month supply, visit solgar.co.uk for stockists.
Malin+Goetz Recovery Treatment Oil
Help your skin to recover from daily pollutants with this innovative new treatment oil from Malin+Goetz. Containing nine natural oils and powerful antioxidants, this nourishing face oil is formulated to protect against free radical damage, while combating signs of ageing and restoring a healthy complexion. Apply five drops to the face morning and night before moisturising for best results.
£62 from malinandgoetz.co.uk.
Formula 10.0.6 Deep Down Detox Mud Mask
Treating your skin to regular face masks is an essential for city dwellers. Try a mud mask like Formula 10.0.6 Deep Down Detox, which will draw out impurities while its blend of orange and bergamot helps to recharge and balance skin for a healthy glow.
£8.99, available at Boots.
Ytsara Urban Shield Serum
Specifically designed to boost the skin's defence shield, this new Urban Shield serum contains Moringa peptides and Sacred Lotus to help neutralise harmful pollution whilst detoxing the skin and injecting a well-needed dose of moisture.
Clinical trials showed participants who used the serum saw a 62 per cent increase in skin protection, and a 66 per cent increase in skin ability to retain moisture, thus combating the damage that air pollutants can cause.
£55 for 30mls, available in leading spas nationwide and online at ytsara.co.uk.
Marks & Spencer Formula Urban Shield skincare range
Affordable but also effective, Marks and Spencer's new Formula Urban Shield skincare range is a must-try for city dwellers. This range includes an advanced antioxidant complex of vitamins A, C and E plus lycopene – a chemical naturally found in tomatoes – that can help to protect the skin from free radical damage.
The brand's SPF 20 UV Shield is a lightweight primer that can be applied over moisturiser for damage from both pollutants and UV rays.
Formula Urban Shield SPF20 UV Shield, £12.50 for 40ml, marksandspencer.com.
REN Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist 60ml
Protect your skin from daily contact with dirt and pollution on your commute with this defensive face spray from REN. This anti-pollution mist promises to help re-strengthen your skin's natural defence system while helping to shield your face from the premature ageing effects of free radicals.
£24.00 for 60ml, Escentual.com.