Don't get us wrong, we love the city life, but urban pollution can wreak havoc with our complexions. From blocking pores (sob) to accelerating visible signs of ageing (bigger sob), pollutants work in many different ways to bring our skin's worst nightmares to reality. But before you decide to live out the rest of your days in the country, we've rounded up our favourite city-proof products, which will have you looking fresh-from-the-lakes in no time.
Cleanse away the dirt
After a day out, a build-up of air-borne dirt and grime tends to bury itself in our pores. A brand loved by the likes of Kylie Jenner, Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Cleanser improves radiance while ridding pores of dirt and makeup. If it's good enough for Kylie, it's good enough for us.
We've fallen head over heels for the pollution-proofing abilities of a kind-to-skin scrub. Superdrug Vitamin E Facial Scrub gently removes grime and other pollutants buried deep in the pores at the end of the day to keep breakouts at bay.
Use a face mask
Struggling to find time for a face mask? Nivea Urban Skin 1 Minute Detox Mask Moisturise, formulated for city life, is perfect for those of us with plenty in our diaries. The miracle of a mask only takes one minute to combat the effects of a whole raft of environmental aggressors on skin – we're talking anti-ageing, hydrating and radiance-boosting all in one.
Choose your serum wisely
Pollutants have a nasty habit of making skin dull, so brighten it with Vichy Idealia Life Boosting Serum, which is packed with antioxidants for a radiant glow.
Vitamin C is not just for eating – it works wonders on your face. Superdrug Vitamin C Gel Moisturiser, enriched with the vitamin-packed kakadu plum and goji berry, combats flakiness and dry patches – both commonly caused by pollution – while its lightweight texture ensures pores remain blemish-free.