We may not realize it, but seemingly harmless daily tasks, like taking a walk or checking an email, can wreak serious havoc on your skin. According to the World Health Organization, 9 out of 10 people are exposed to air containing dangerous levels of pollutants, defined as physical, chemical, or biological matter found both inside and outdoors. Along with daily sun and blue light exposure from phones and laptops, these fine particulate substances (think smog and dirt) can cause serious cellular damage, which contributes to hyperpigmentation, inflammation, sensitivity, and visible signs of aging. Although assault from environmental stressors is inevitable, there are several ways you can protect your skin from the detrimental effects of everyday aggressors. These five products act as a barrier to shield your complexion from sunrays, air pollution, and blue light so your skin stays clear, bright, and healthy!
This isn’t your typical chalky mineral sunscreen. Formulated with more than 70% organic ingredients, COOLA’s Eco-Lux Sunscreen Spray applies like a hydrating mist to protect your skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays. Infused with strawberry fruit extract, a powerful antioxidant rich in vitamin C, this fast-absorbing spray helps to combat free radical damage and lock in skin moisture. We love how the 360° nozzle allows us to coat even the most hard-to-reach areas (we’re talking about your upper back!) with an even, weightless mist.
More often that not, our skin isn’t getting the oxygen it needs to promote cell turnover because our pores are clogged with dirt, oil, and debris. The unfortunate result? Dull, sallow skin. This splurge-worthy anti-pollution mask contains foaming micro-bubbles that secure oxygen from the air and distribute it into your skin to purify and revitalize your complexion. A slight fizzing sensation lets you know the oxygenating action is working. When the crackling stops, rinse off with water and admire tight pores and glowing skin. But the magic doesn’t stop there—the mask’s moringa extract keeps working after you rinse to protect your complexion from everyday pollutants.
Think of these drops as an invisible shield that protects your skin from pollutants in the air, UV rays, and other environmental stressors. Formulated with antioxidant-rich cocoa seed extract and hyaluronic acid, these powerful drops also combat digital aging by deflecting harmful blue light rays emanating from computers and phones. Apply the drops straight to your skin or combine with your go-to moisturizer before makeup application for skin that’s protected all day and night!
This antioxidant-infused potion combats free radicals from the inside out to provide anti-pollution protection, fight premature aging, and boost skin radiance. Rich in bio-fermented papaya, this probiotic concentrate is scientifically proven to boost and brighten dull, tired skin affected by pollution. After all, a healthy complexion starts with a healthy microbiome. The blend of prebiotics, probiotics, and antioxidants activate the “good bacteria” in your gut for healthy skin that’s less susceptible to environmental damage.
There’s nothing better than a multitasking tinted foundation, especially one that offers SPF 50. Eau Thermale Avene Mineral High Protection Tinted Compact’s cream-to-powder formula offers broad-spectrum protection via 100% mineral filters and non-greasy, water-resistant matte coverage. Infused with patented pre-tocopheryl (a photostable form of vitamin E), this lightweight foundation retains its powerful antioxidant properties under intense light exposure to keep skin hydrated and protected against free radical damage. Complete with a mirror and sponge applicator, pop the compact in your bag for anti-pollution protection and foundation touch-ups whenever you need them!