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By Ludovica Parisi, 19 May 2019

UV rays, pollution, chemicals… let’s not even start listing all the elements your skin is exposed to in the city, or we'll be here all day. Finding the right products to safeguard your skin is not easy, but the outdoor-heavy days of summer are coming and your face demands protection from all the bad guys out there. So, get in front of the mirror, wash your hands (first things first) and get ready to play dermatologist: here are six anti-pollution and SPF products to know about. 

anti-pollution and SPF skincare tried and tested

From toners to foundations, we tested products by some of the most respected beauty brands. They'll help you build a routine that will prevent undesirable elements from affecting your skin and bless you with a summer-ready glow...

anti-pollution and SPF skincare tried and tested

Iconic brand Clinique never ceases to amaze with its wide range of skincare and beauty products, and this SPF 25 daily sun protection is no exception. With its oil-free, weightless formula, it’s suitable for all skin types and (major bonus points), it’s a great replacement for your usual BB cream. Good coverage and protection? I'm sold.


Clinique City Block Sheer SPF25 40ml, £19

anti-pollution and SPF skincare tried and tested

Raise your hand if you – like me – struggle to find an effective cleanser that removes makeup once and for all. Well you can say goodbye to panda eyes forever with the Aciana Botanica anti-pollution makeup remover from Sanoflore. It cleans, hydrates and enhances your skin, leaving your face refreshed thanks to its complex mix of organic cornflower water and antioxidant sunflower oil. Just massage into skin with water and rinse your busy day away.


Sanoflore Organic Aciana Botanica Gelee Anti-Pollution Makeup Remover 125ml, £13.60

anti-pollution and SPF skincare tried and tested

I am a true supporter of the 'no makeup makeup' trend that is getting the likes from literally everyone right now. But while I want my face to look natural, and my skin to be able to breathe, I still want it to have some coverage. That's where First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tint Cream comes in. With its SPF30 protection and luminous finish, it kept my skin naturally glowy and hydrated up to 12 hours – aka what I need when my agenda is full of things to do. Certified quality. 


First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tint Cream SPF30, £20.50

anti-pollution and SPF skincare tried and tested

If you’re looking for a toner that will do magic, this is as close as you’ll get. I’ll spare you the chemistry lesson and get right to it: Holika Holika Good Cera Super Ceramide Toner protects your skin from fine dust, takes care of dead cells and increases basic moisture level. Need I go on? Gently pat it with a cotton pad to secure absorption. 


Holika Holika Good Cera Super Ceramide Toner, £19.99

anti-pollution and SPF skincare tried and tested

If you’re looking for a longwear foundation to keep you covered from AM to PM, give Rimmel Lasting Radiance a try. Beyond its light formula and shiny finish, it contains SPF 25 and minimises the effects of pollution. What I loved the most about this product is that it dried quickly, making me immune from all the toxins in the air while looking all fresh and neat. Goals.


Rimmel Lasting Radiance Foundation Anti Pollution SPF25, £10

anti-pollution and SPF skincare tried and tested

I love coming back home after a hectic day at work and diving into the bathtub for some TLC. If you can relate, then get ready to turn your bath experience into a proper spa treatment with Frank Body Express-O Scrub. This creamy exfoliator contains Vitamins A, E and D that hydrate and nourish your skin after a day in the elements. Oh, and not only does the almond and macadamia oil moisturise for days, it also makes you smell great too. My motto? There’s no bad day that can’t be fixed with some self care. 


Frank Body Express-O Scrub, £14.95