Skin-Care Products That Protect Against Pollution

Shape Magazine

You already know that sun exposure can seriously damage your skin. (You're taking all the right steps to avoid this, right? Ahem, sunscreen.) But the sun isn't the only thing to watch out for—there's another environmental skin saboteur out there: pollution. Smog, particulate matter (minuscule particles of soot and dirt) and other grime in the air can wreak major havoc on your complexion. Pollution of this kind can cause inflammation and the formation of free radicals, which lead to spots, wrinkles, and a whole host of other issues. Happily, the latest crop of skin-care products have powerful antioxidants and other ingredients to combat these detrimental effects. Ahead, 10 of our favorites.

"You should (obviously) be wearing sunscreen every day, so why not use one that goes above and beyond its standard job description, like this newbie. The mineral formula keeps skin looking youthful, thanks to peptides that support healthy collagen and elastin. It also has antioxidants green tea and vitamin E, and a detoxifying and anti-inflammatory plant extract to protect against environmental aggressors. And beyond all that, the universal tint evens out your complexion, a good choice for days when you want to skip makeup."

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