10 environmental shields to save city skin

From good coffee to limitless entertainment, city living most definitely has its perks. But unfortunately when it comes to our skin, constantly being exposed to urban pollutants is far from ideal. 

Thankfully, there now exists a range of environmental skin shields designed to defend the skin against nasty biochemical triggers. When paired with refreshing hydrating mists, these products will ensure your skin always looks its best.

1. Synergie Skin Enviroshield, $89. Think of this as your skin’s bodyguard to guard against airborne pollutants and damaging effects of infrared radiation. As a bonus, it also sets makeup and gives a dewy glow.

2. Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant, $85. Activated by water, this resurfacing anti-pollution daily exfoliant deep cleanses pores to help remove pollutants trapped in skin.

3. Elizabeth Arden PRO Triple Action Protector with Sunscreens, $107. Three levels of
skin protection – a protein-protecting antioxidant complex, DNA enzyme complex and humectants to help trap moisture – make this product an essential step in all skin health and beauty regimens.

4. Dermalogica AGE Smart Antioxidant Hydramist, $64. A refreshing mist that acts as an antioxidant shield to help fight free radical damage and advanced glycation end-products. 

5. Phytomer CITYLIFE Face and Eye Contour Sorbet Cream, $152. A beautifully hydrating gel-like moisturiser with anti-pollution complex to reoxygenate stressed and damaged skin.

6. Antipodes Saviour Skin Balm, $19.90. What doesn’t this all-purpose skin remedy treat? Offering salvation to city skin troubles such as parched skin, chapped lips, dry hands and even sore feet.

7. Aspect Gold Hydra Shield SPF 15, $77. This hydrating lotion with physical sunscreen is packed full of skin-protecting antioxidants and nourishing botanical oils. It’s seamless to apply and has no residue on application.

8. Cosmedix Reflect Antioxidant Moisturising Spray SPF 15, $77. Contains a mineral sunscreen in convenient mist form that reflects UV rays, as well as an impressive line-up of antioxidants.

9. SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, $214. A cult best-seller, this potent antioxidant combo
provides unprecedented eight times the skin’s natural protection against environmental
damage and photo-ageing.

10. Skinstitut Moisture Defence Ultra Dry, $45. Soothe and comfort ultra-dry skin with this intense hydration booster packed with biomimetic peptides.