Pollution isn’t just a pain and a pesky environmental problem, it’s a serious—and sinister—factor in the skin care equation. In fact, a recent study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology showed that the formation of dark spots (also known as lentigenes or liver spots) were linked to levels of traffic-related air pollution and air pollution–associated gases. These powerful products are all geared toward fighting the damage they can do to your face, and offer up some other skin-loving benefits in the process.
MAKE Moonlight Primer ($55)
Consider this your go-to makeup prep step for the digital age. It not only protects your skin against pollution and sets the perfect silky setting for foundation, but it also shields against high-energy visible light and infrared light—two harmful factors that the company says can lead to premature aging and skin damage, which is emitted by electronic devices such as tablets, smart phones and computers.
LEADERS 7 Wonders Amazonian Acai Anti-Pollution Mask ($6)
This easy-to-use sheet mask stays put to deliver effective skin-purifying ingredients to your skin as it fends off pollution from the day.
Natura Bissé NB·Ceutical S.O.S Instant Rescue ($125)
Ultra-luxe and multifunctional, this active ingredient–packed product is the new go-to for sensitive skin issues (including those that come about thanks to allergens and pollution), like alleviating extreme dryness, sunburns and post-shaving bumps.
Tata Harper Purifying Mask ($65)
The latest probiotic-powered mask in the Tata Harper lineup does not disappoint. It smells amazing, works fast to make skin look fresh and fights and protects against the visible aging effects caused by environmental exposure.
Decléor Hydra Floral Anti-Pollution Hydrating Active Lotion ($48)
This paraben-free water-like formula deeply hydrates skin and features ingredients that have mega antioxidant and anti-pollution benefits.
Clarins UV PLUS Anti-Pollution Sunscreen Multi-Protection Tint SPF 50 ($44)
This dark spot–defending tinted sunscreen goes on like silk and the color blends in seamlessly as it goes to work to shield skin against harmful UV rays, free radicals and pollution.
DERMAdoctor Wrinkle Revenge Antioxidant Enhanced Glycolic Acid Facial Cleanser ($32)
As the name suggests, this face wash is focused on delivering anti-agers to your skin. It’s also an incredibly effective cleanser that erases everything—including residue from pollution, makeup and excessive oils—without stripping or drying.
La Roche-Posay Micellar Water ($20)
The whole line hangs its hat on the development of clinically trialed products that reduce the impact of pollution on the skin—and this gentle water is no different. It cleanses, tones and removes makeup in one multitasking step (plus, it has a nice, gentle scent that’s not too much for sensitive skin types).