8 Anti-Pollution Beauty Buys That Will Keep Your Skin Protected

Keepin’ it clean.

This may or may not come as a shock, but the planet we live on is not in good shape. Us humans are managing to destroy it at a rapid rate due to our lifestyles, wants and needs, all of which are causing a build-up in pollution and even bringing about climate change. It’s not pretty.

This month, we launched our first-ever Green Issue. Timed with National Environmental Month and World Environmental Day on 5 June, our Green Issue is devoted to living a more sustainable life for the future, and educating readers around slow fashion and ethical beauty.


And, just like Mother Earth, our skin doesn’t like being exposed to the microscopic filth floating around us and needs to be protected from environmental damage in order to look and feel its best. This is why anti-pollution skincare is going to be the next big thing.

Save Your Skin

Pollution is a global problem and one that can make people sick. Our skin is no different, and the fine particles found in toxic air are often smaller than the pores that they use as entry points. The result of this can be anything from inflammation and dullness to the premature signs of ageing. In fact, pollution is second only to the sun when it comes to damaging our skin. Yikes!

So what can you do about making sure your skin isn’t negatively impacted by the world around us? Well, you could live in a sterile, plastic bubble. Or you could start incorporating skincare that is designed to fight off the ill effects of pollution into your routine. We’ll take the latter, thanks!

So what should you be looking for in your beauty buys to ensure healthy skin? Vitamins C and E, as well as antioxidants and ferulic acid are all known to prevent pollution build-up and fight free radicals. Combine that with a high-quality sunscreen and your skin will be as protected as humanly possible when you out there living your best life.

Not sure which products to pick? We’ve got you covered. And protected.

1. Chanel L'Huile Anti-Pollution Cleansing Oil

Not only does this luxurious oil cleanser remove any and all traces of makeup, but it preserves the balance of your skin as well

R705 Woolworths SHOP NOW

2. The Body Shop Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask

This creamy mask is 100% vegan and it purifies, gently exfoliates and liberates your skin from the weekly build-up of city pollutants

R345 The Body Shop SHOP NOW

3. Clarins Extra-Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream

This pollution-defence cleanser to help skin tackle the stress of urban pollution while also keeping it radiant and well-nourished

R440 Clarins SHOP NOW

4. Anatomicals Urban Grime's Had Its Time Anti Pollutant Face Mask

This fun face mask is formulated with coriander and orange extract to help reduce the visible effects of pollution on your skin

R59 Superbalist SHOP NOW

5. Payot My Payot Brume Éclat Anti-Pollution Reviving Mist

This light, airy water mist refreshes and invigorates your skin while simultaneously protecting it from pollution

R265 Takealot SHOP NOW

6. Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly Anti-Pollution

This lightweight, water-jelly which can be used as a serum, delivers 24-hour hydration repair plus protection from pollution

R570 Clinique SHOP NOW

7. Neutrogena Hydro Boost City Shield Hydrating Lotion

Not only does this hydrating, hyaluronic acid-infused moisturiser protect your skin from pollution but it protects it from UV rays as well

R141 Clicks SHOP NOW

8. Urban Decay All Nighter Pollution Protection Makeup Setting Spray

The light-as-air formula of this setting spray acts like a protective barrier throughout the day—to guard skin against whatever the day throws at it

R460 Urban Decay SHOP NOW

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