Anti-Pollution Products to Add to Your Wedding Skincare Regimen
Fight the detrimental effects of free radicals and UV exposure with these products.
Have you ever checked to see if your favorite weather app also contains an air quality feature? If not, take a look now. You'll find that most popular applications offer this additional information, and that's good news for anyone who's looking to put their best face forward on the big day. Why? Because when you check the weather, you might also find that your app displays a message such as "unhealthy air quality for sensitive groups." For better or worse, each day you can learn not only the highs and lows, but also the UV index and how much pollution is circulating in the air that day. As it turns out, air pollution isn't just bad news for the environment. It can also wreak havoc on your skin.
Since you can't stay inside or live in a little bubble, the best thing you can do to ward off the detrimental, unhealthy, and aging effects of pollution and UV exposure is to mitigate it as much as possible. The best way to do that is by enjoying a healthy, antioxidant-filled diet and skincare routine. Antioxidants are basically superpower ingredients, and by both ingesting them and putting them on your skin, you're doing your part to help neutralize free radicals, or those microscopic pollutants that we face on a daily basis. (Increased fine lines, acne, hyperpigmentation, clogged pores, and dull skin are just a few of the things that are increased by pollution.)
More and more brands are coming out with "anti-pollution" lines dedicated to protecting our skin from it. So, when you're putting together your pre-wedding skincare regimen, consider adding products that will act as shields to keep your complexion healthy and glowing throughout your engagement, and, of course, for your wedding day. Here are some of our favorites.
This mattifying moisturizer has an "antioxidant and metal binding complex" to protect skin from heavy metals and particle matter. It also contains white horehound stem cell and lentil extract to reduce the appearance of pores and prevent damage from blue light and pollution.
Shop Now: Chantecaille Anti-Pollution Mattifying Cream, $98, chantecaille.com.
Some atmospheric particles are up to 20 times smaller than the size of pores, Biologique Recherche says, which can clog pores and cause blemishes. This milky cleanser includes an "oxygenating complex" that helps to detox the skin, eliminate and dissolve pollution particles, and calm the outer layer of skin.
Shop Now: Biologique Recherche Lait VIP 02, $22, shoprescuespa.com.
A three-in-one product that provides SPF, protection against pollutants, and acts as a tinted moisturizer? Sign us up. This UV 50 product also prevents dark spots while evening out the skin tone.
Shop Now: Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Sunscreen Multi-Protection Tint SPF 50, $45, sephora.com.
This two-in-one bronzer and anti-pollution product is genius. Just add a drop of it into your favorite serum, oil, or moisturizer, and you'll have skin protection plus a sun-kissed tan for the day.
Shop Now: Drunk Elephant "D-Bronzi" Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops, $36, sephora.com.
A great exfoliator is a must to really make sure you're ridding your skin of the toxic elements. These natural, single-use pads contain a blend of six powerful antioxidants (green tea, white tea, red tea, grapeseed, goji berry, pomegranate) to prevent signs of aging caused by pollutants.
Shop Now: Naturally Serious "Get Even" Cold-Pressed Peel Pads, $38, sephora.com.
As the name implies, this is especially perfect for anyone who lives in a city—it uses oxygen, minerals, and peptides to clarify and refresh your skin after a long day. (And it helps tighten pores, too!).
Shop Now: By Terry Detoxilyn City Mask, $94, net-a-porter.com.
Peach & Lily
Matcha, you might know, is a super healthy green drink because it's full of antioxidants. But along with drinking it, you can use this moisturizer in the morning and evening, as it "shields" your skin from free radicals. (Don't worry, it doesn't look green when you rub it in!).
Shop Now: Peach & Lily Matcha Pudding Antioxidant Cream, $40, peachandlily.com.
Eco Your Skin
This lightweight serum sinks into the skin and delivers antioxidants on a deep level, making it incredibly effective at protecting the skin. It also helps your complexion look and feel smooth and firm.
Shop Now: Eco Your Skin No. 15 Serum, $140, peachandlily.com.
Dr. Barbara Sturm
Along with topical skincare, you can also take a supplement, like Dr. Barbara Sturm's antioxidant capsules. Along with potent antioxidants, they contain stress-relieving and skin-strengthening adaptogens, helping to reverse free-radical damage and prevent future damage from occurring.
Shop Now: Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Pollution Food, $95, shoprescuespa.com.