You heard it first from the mouth of a leading New York dermatologist: free radicals are the enemy of youth. As long as we’re living and breathing in the city though, there’s, unfortunately, no escaping them...

However, fear not! Armed with a cabinet of specially formulated anti-pollution products to supplement your routine of Vitamin C and SPF, you’ll leave people in disbelief that you haven’t just returned from a countryside retreat.

Colbert MD – Nutrify & Protect Day Cream
Think of moisturiser as a barrier between you and the world – offering hydration, yes, but also there to safeguard and nourish. In the case of Colbert MD’s Nutrify & Protect Day Cream, it’s also a way to diminish environmental damage, such as that which comes from being a faithful sun-worshipper or urban dweller. Via the patented Triad Delivery System, this bottled powerhouse utilises tremella mushroom to provide a natural source of hyaluronic acid that encourages the never-ending quest for collagen production, Coenzyme Q10 to protect from UV damage, and Lipoic Acid Omega-6 oil to introduce essential fatty acids into the skin. This is rejuvenation in its finest hour.

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare – Miracle Cleanser 
Doing what it says on the tin, Aurelia Probiotic Skincare’s Miracle Cleanser is a mightily miraculous ingredient – and it has the accolades (including a coveted Beauty Bible award) to prove it! Devoid of chemicals, it’s formulated with a blend of 100% BioOrganic botanicals that soothe, decongest, invigorate and fortify to ward off a dull complexion. Blending chamomile, rosemary, bergamot and eucalyptus, it promises to wash away the day – and the dirt, oils and dead skin cells, along with it.

Kiehl’s – Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque
An indulgent mask is a mainstay of our DIY home spa set-ups. Imagine quick-fix radiance, moisture and nourishment, plus the added bonus of defending against and extracting pollutants, and you’ve got yourself Kiehl’s’ dermatologist-developed Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending MasqueWith ingredients that are renowned for their strengthening properties, this restorative treatment replenishes the skin’s natural moisture while simultaneously defending it against impurities. 

REN – Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist
Is there anything more refreshing than a midday – or any time of the day – spritz pick-me-up? If there’s one pint-size skincare saviour to keep at arms-length (literally), it’s REN’s Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist. Extolling a ‘clean skincare’ mantra of using 100% plants and minerals in its formula, it is built to naturally target environmental damage and strengthen the skin’s innate defences against oxidative stress thanks to zinc and manganese amino acids derived from wakame.

New York Dermatology Group (NYDG) – Ultra-Light Hydra-Gel
We’re already signed, sealed and delivered fans of New York Dermatology Group (NYDG)’s Luminizing Skin Essence – and now, we’re giving the antioxidant-rich Ultra-Light Hydra-Gel some air time for its myriad benefits when taking on the city at its worst. Formulated with soothing lavender, willowherb and bilberry to calm, plus protective grape seed and green tea extracts, it delivers prolonged hydration without a heavy texture, making it ideal for both normal and combination skin.