It’s the skin ager you can’t see but pollution is the biggest threat to your face after the sun. Here’s how to protect yourself

Bad news ladies. It’s not just the sun we have to worry about now when it comes to wrinkles and anti-ageing. Pollution saps the skin’s radiance, breaks down collagen and elastin, which leads to wrinkles and sagging, weakens the skin barrier and can even trigger acne and eczema. Scary, right?

Pollutants from car exhausts, smoke and factory emissions all increase the number of free radicals in the air. These rogue molecules pose a dangerous threat to our skin cells and accelerate the ageing process quicker than you can say, ‘pass the wrinkle filler’.

Did you know? London’s Oxford Street is the most polluted street in the world.

Worse than that, pollution is thought to be one of the main culprits behind age spots – those troublesome patches of pigmentation that make your complexion appear dull and uneven. If you’re one of the 8 in 10 women who worry about dark spots, then wearing a daily SPF might not be enough to prevent hyper-pigmentation. You’ll need to build up a defence against pollution, too!

But before you let your skin go up in smoke, there is a solution. Antioxidants – pollution-fighting superheroes – help protect your skin against the daily onslaught of environmental damage.

Like sun exposure, prevention is better than cure!

So, start protecting your skin today with these knockout beauty buys…