Face masks are a great way to pamper and prep your skin, or try using a sensitive exfoliant or cleansing cream — high-quality versions can effortlessly clean, nourish and hydrate your skin. But life habits are a big part of skincare too. ‘The two most important things you can do to protect your skin from pollution are to use sunscreen daily and avoid smoking,’ says Dr Marmon. Be sure to use sunscreen even on cloudy days, and look for products with PA+++ (the highest protection level) so you can defend your skin against harmful rays. And don’t overlook your lips — it’s a common mistake, though they’re covered by some of the most delicate skin in the body. A lip balm with a high SPF factor will keep them luscious.
Antioxidants are also essential in the fight against pollution, as they protect the skin against damage caused by those pernicious free radicals. So as well as eating a diet rich in them, if you want the best skincare regimen you might need expand your beauty arsenal too. Dr Marmon recommends dermatologist-favourites nicotinamide, vitamin C and the current hot product, retinols. ‘Nicotinamide, derived from vitamin B3, has significant antioxidant properties and has been shown to decrease the development of skin cancer. Vitamin C helps to strengthen the skin by stimulating collagen production and inhibits the formation of dark spots from sun exposure. The small size of retinols or vitamin A derivatives allows them to penetrate deep into the skin to smooth fine lines, improve skin tone and even prevent acne.’