How To Protect Your Skin From Pollution

How many times have you been told to protect your skin from pollution? The notion has been gaining traction. I honestly did not need another excuse to cram more products onto my overfilled shelf so I’ve tried to ignore it. But I’ve found that with increasing pollution levels, it’s hard to deny the effect it has, not only on the environment but directly on our skin.

Protecting skin against wrinkles has been the focus of anti-ageing skincare forever, but in today’s society, age is not the only culprit. Environmental factors affect every aspect of our lives including premature aging. You can thank this for your fine lines, dark spots and dehydrated skin well before we start the aging process. It’s accelerated by extrinsic factors such as pollution, sun and cigarette smoke. Nothing to fear, but something to be aware of.

There are 3 things to love about Elizabeth Arden’s serum and it’s in their title –PREVAGE® City Smart + DNA Enzyme Complex + Anti-Pollution + Antioxidants Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Hydrating Shield. Packaged in a prefigurative suit-of-armor silver, the skincare range really lives up to its promise of preventing, strengthening and protecting skin from pollution.


This allusive shield is what drew me to this in the first place; I’ve been looking for something everyday instead of sunscreen on my sensitive skin. I found protected me from the sun (using mineral based micronized Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide protecting from UVA and UVB rays). The serum also helps strengthen and protect skin against pollution. There is a lot to say on that, especially if you live in the city.



You could move to the country to protect yourself and prevent this kind of ageing, but thankfully there are products like these on the market. The good news is that I only discovered this serum after finding the solution so hopefully, you are too.

The story has come from recent studies suggesting that external environmental factors facilitate ageing at an increasing rate. Air pollution comes in many forms including VOCs (think car exhausts, smog), nitrogen oxide gas (from burning fuel) and cigarette smoke. These particles are so small they make their way into our bodies everywhere, through our pores and the air we breathe.

Overexposure and leaving your skin unprotected can seriously damage your skin (not to mention wreaking havoc on our respiratory system). Again, Nothing to fear, but something to be aware of. According to the website here, Arden has created a defender against this which is

“potent, first-of-its-kind patent-pending Anti-Pollution Complex comprised of an exclusive antioxidant blend of Idebenone, the world’s single most powerful antioxidant, Green Tea, Thiotaine, Ferulic Acid and L-Carnosine, to neutralise free radical damage caused by pollution and UV exposure, including both oxygen-based and nitrogen-based free radicals.”

Which really is good news for us. On a side note, staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water, washing your face at least once a day will help. As always, staying healthy by eating a whole lot of superfoods from greens to berries, green tea and lemons will also help boost antioxidants to protect from the inside.


The third reason this product works are the reinforcements. Arden has created a DNA enzyme complex that helps reduce skins exposure to pollution and other nasties in the air that cause free-radical damage. Whilst protecting again this it boosts skins natural repair process and who does not want that – this helps skin at any age.

Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart

The verdict

The verdict is in, I am a fan of the PREVAGE® City Smart products. I specifically like this one as a skin defender. After moisturizing, it gives a perfect finish with its subtly sheer tint. It feels light on the skin and even a little glowy. Did I mention that it’s non-comedogenic and free of parabens? It’s hard when we are exposed to so many skincare products, but in fear of using too many, it’s worth it. How can I ignore an anti-aging product that protects skin from pollution and the sun?

There are not too many beautifully luxurious skincare products that are dermatologically tested. Elizabeth Arden sure knows how to protect and perfect skin.

note: I hope the information here on pollution is useful, I wrote this article so people can better protect their skin and have updated it with affiliate links where you can find the products at Adore Beauty.

Other products that protect skin from pollution include:

Napoleon Perdis Anti-Pollution Milk Toning Essence

Philosophy ‘Take A Deep Breath’ Moisturizer


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