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5 Key City Skincare Tips

Living it up in the big city is thrilling and exhausting in equal parts, for you and for your skin! From the bright lights and nightlife, to the not-so-great pollutants, your skin can be affected by your daily dash. Protect yours against the effects of air pollution and all the other beauty hazards of city life with our top 5 city skincare tips.

1. Protect skin from pollution on your commute

City dweller? Chances are a bus, train, or bicycle is part of your daily routine. Cyclists? Try an anti-pollution mask. It helps protect you from the effects of air pollution and smog, and it’ll stop cold air whipping onto your cheeks, which can cause moisture loss and dehydrated skin.

Boarding a bus or train? Banish those germs by keeping a sanitiser on hand. And, it sounds simple, but wash your hands as soon as you arrive.

We touch our face hundreds of times a day, meaning hands, phones, and faces (eek!), get all access to all the bacteria we meet on our commute.

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2. Correct make-up on-the-move

Applied your red lipstick a little wonky on the bus? Stash some gentle facial cleansing wipes in your bag to neaten up edges before you disembark. They’ll clean up wobbles, and because they include gentle, skin-loving ingredients, they won’t leave your lip line feeling parched.

3. Cleanse as soon as you get home

You’ve dropped your bag and slipped off your shoes, now dash to the bathroom and get cleansing with your favourite anti-pollution beauty products. It’s our greatest tip for a city skincare routine as pollution and changing temperatures can cause serious skin irritation. The sooner you wipe away the grime, the less chance it has to clog pores and potentially irritate skin. It’s an ideal way to reset after a long day, plus it’s one less thing to think about before bed. Winning!

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4. Keep your skincare routine handy

City life can be tiring! Lugging out a whole routine of anti-pollution beauty products can be the last thing we want to do after late one. Keep an extra pack of our new Kind to Skin Biodegradable Cleansing Wipes at your bedside for easy access. No need to rinse and, added bonus, you won’t risk a panda-eyed pillow case! Plus, they’re biodegradable ­– so if the city pollution is one of the things making you more eco-conscious, go for a more planet-friendly option that still has all the convenience of your old favourites.

A tube of gentle moisturiser on hand won’t go amiss for hydrating post-party skin.

5. De-stress with a sheet mask

City life, while exhilarating, can be exhausting too. Try to make time for some me-time to recharge – even for just 15 minutes. A sheet mask is a great way to really kick back after a long day. Look for ones with skin-loving vitamins like Vitamin E, Vitamin B3, and Agave to condition skin and counteract the drying effects of pollution, to really soothe city skin. They’re so quick and easy to use they make pre-bed pampering a breeze, even when you’ve missed the train and don’t get home ‘til late. 

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From running for the bus to tacking central heating, city living has the potential to cause irritated skin. Luckily, with these tips, you can revamp your skincare routine to match your city lifestyle, and help your skin to glow as brightly as those city lights!

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