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City life and the effects of pollution on skin 

Bright lights, excitement, bustle – life in a big city has a lot going for it. However, there’s also those crowded commutes, hard water, and the effects of pollution on your skin to contend with. All of this (and maybe a handful of late night) can leave you and your skin feeling tired, irritated and generally not your best. But don’t panic, with a clever anti-pollution skincare routine, and some insight into how these city stressors can make skin feel more sensitive, you can conquer the concrete jungle with confidence.

Protecting your skin with anti-pollution skincare 

Did you know, skin exposed to pollution produces up to 1.5 times more sebum compared to skin that’s exposed to less pollution? Yep, things like exhaust fumes, smoke and dust can leave your skin feeling irritated, grimy, oily, and sensitive. Throughout the day, pollution in the air can stick to your skin and absorb into your pores. Over time, these particles in your skin can cause irritation and even weaken your skin’s delicate barrier.

It’s not all doom and gloom though: there are ways to combat those particles of pollution in skin, starting with cleansing. That’s right, this simple anti-pollution skincare tip, just cleanse twice a day to help rinse away the impurities – and remove dead skin cells that can get trapped and clog pores at the same time. 

Avoiding the effects of hard water on skin

Even though it doesn't affect every city in the world, most cities have hard water. Yep, we’re sure you’ve heard of it – but how does it affect your skin? Water that contains a larger than normal volume of minerals, like iron or magnesium can disrupt your skin’s moisture barrier.

This build-up of minerals makes it more difficult for other substances, like surfactants or detergents, to dissolve in the water leaving skin feeling dry and sensitive. While you can’t change the water, you can try some tips and tricks to limit how much hard water your skin comes into contact with. Why not swipe off make-up and pollutants at the end of the day with our micellar water? Made with triple purified water and no harsh chemicals, there’s no need to rinse off afterwards!

Making city living easier on your skin

It’s not just what we’re putting on our skin, those late nights, (and sleeping in your foundation, too!) can all add to making skin feel sensitive. Our best answer? A balanced skincare routine is a good place to start sorting out city skin problems. But it’s not just about our skin: making time to slow down and find a bit of calm in our (often hectic) day can also make a difference. Looking for more tips on how to start a routine to combat city skin issues? We’ve got you covered.

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