7 best anti-pollution skincare products for city dwellers


7 best anti-pollution skincare products for city dwellers

Time to beat the smog

By Trisha Chawla  November 16th, 2017

Whether you’ve been spending majority of your time schlepping around on the streets or catching up on deadlines from the comfort of your Uber, anyone living in urban areas has to make peace with the fact that their skin is suffering from major damage. All of the soot, smoke and smog in the air are finding their way deep into your pores, leading to clogging, excessive sebum production (aka acne breakouts) and also severe dehydration. But car emissions aren’t the only thing to blame — there are also UV rays that speed up the skin’s ageing process and dull your skin.

Of course, there isn’t a problem so minor that the beauty industry doesn’t go to war to defend against? Millions of dollars worth of R&D have given us an arsenal of pollution-fighting, pore-purifying agents that promise to repair and detox your skin with vitamins and anti-oxidants and of course, clay. From Clinique’s skin renewing face mask to Ayca’s antioxidant boosting gel and The Body Shop’s Vitamin C-rich serum, these are the products worth investing in.    

The best anti-pollution skincare agents

Ayca Rose & Bergamont Antioxidant Hydrating Gel, Rs 850

This all-natural remedy is abundant in vitamin E that repairs skin and delays signs of pollution-induced ageing.

The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Boost, Rs 1,995

 When dull skin needs a pick-me-up, count on this serum that brightens skin and also improves collagen production. 

L'Oréal Paris Hydrafresh Anti-Ox Grape Seed Hydrating Aqua Balm, Rs 750

This multitasking balm doesn’t just hydrate your skin, it also powers up your routine with antioxidative power of grape seed to combat premature ageing.

Pond’s Pure White Anti-Pollution Facewash, Rs 200

Your basic face wash won’t make the cut. Try this one that’s fortified with activated carbon to remove dead skin and impurities from within. 

GLAMGLOW Powermud Dualcleanse Treatment, Rs 1,750

Deep cleanse build-up with this hard-working face mask that sucks off grime in 10 minutes, and then transforms into a moisturising oil on rinsing. 

Kiehl’s Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Mask, Rs 1,350

Packed with orange and cilantro, this overnight face mask gives life to dull skin, while strengthening it against environmental damage.

Clinique Pep-Start Double Bubble Purifying Mask, Rs 2,200

Fighting pollution has never been more fun than this creamy pink gel that transforms into a blanket of debris-lifting bubbles to purify your pores.