the Reads: Skin

Defence against the dirt

the Antidote to... polluted skin

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Studies reveal that the skin of women in cities can age up to 10% faster than their rosy-cheeked rural counterparts, due to grime and pollution – and it can be even more damaging than UV rays, according to Dr Anita Sturnham, skincare specialist on behalf of Skincere. Smog, dirt, environmental chemicals and dust all build up on the skin, causing inflammation and dehydration.

City grime can also clog pores and stimulate bacterial growth, promoting rosacea and acne, while free radicals deplete oxygen in the skin cells, breaking down collagen reserves.

One way to alleviate these potential problems is with Clinique’s City Block mask, which gently exfoliates and detoxes using charcoal to draw out impurities and remove toxins and dirt. For the ultimate in anti-pollution defence, sprtiz REN’s Anti-Pollution Mist over face, neck and decollete throughout the day.

Clinique City Block Purifying Charcoal Clay Mask + Scrub, £29

REN Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist – £24