How to prevent city living from ruining your skin

Article by Fashion Quarterly


You’ve got serums, eye creams and night masks down pat, but there’s a missing step in your anti-ageing regime – and it might just be the most vital.

New Zealand may seem clean and green, but smog pollutes the air of our cities and makes itself at home on your skin. “Although our morning sunscreen ritual protects us from UV-induced ageing, it unfortunately doesn’t protect us from oxidative stress caused by pollution,” says Emma Hobson, Education Manager of the International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica. Tiny particles of soot, acid and grime damage the skin’s natural defensive barrier, making it more sensitive, damaging cells and speeding up the ageing process.

Thankfully there’s now a category of skincare to address this, offering a protective layer to stop pollutants from penetrating. Here are our picks of the best anti-pollution products available right now.


Repair and restore with antioxidant rich serums and night time treatments that work to reverse the damage while you are sleeping.


TRY: 1. Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Mask, $92. 2. Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil, $139. 3. Ultraceuticals Ultra Protective Antioxidant Complex, $104.


Wash off the day’s dust and grime with deep cleansing products that detox and purify.


TRY: 4. Clarins Extra-Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream, $62. 5. Clinique City Block Purifying Cleansing Gel, $46. 6. Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant, $109.


Place a barrier between your skin and pollution with protectors that keep the hydration in and the grime and irritants out.


TRY: 7. Prevage City Smart SPF50 Hydrating Shield, $110. 8. Decléor Hydra Floral Hydrating Fluid SPF15, $115. 9. Innoxa Pollution Protect Foundation, $40. 10. Ren Anti-Pollution Mist, $71 from Mecca.

This article originally appeared in the Autumn 2017 issue of Fashion Quarterly.