At Auspect, we have always believed in ‘change without trauma’ – the idea that a skin care routine should be gentle and effective. But there are certain elements that can traumatize your skin – particularly environmental – that we just can’t control. Crystal Martin for The New York Times’ Skin Deep column recently reported on this study of the growing link between air pollution and skin damage, such as brown spots, irritation, and excessively dry skin.

If this comes as a shock to you, you’re not alone. But if you live in a city or an urban area, you are at greater risk. And if you’re not willing to trade in city living for the smog-free countryside, then it’s high time to step up and start taking precautions to protect your skin against pollution.

There are plenty of ways to maintain your urban lifestyle while also maintaining healthy, youthful skin – we promise! It’s all about finding products you trust and following a strict skin care regimen to help you save face 24-hours a day.

  • Start with an SPF moisturizer, like Hydra Shield SPF 17. It protects against other environmental factors like UV rays, and nourishes your skin with a good boost of antioxidants to help fight off pollutants in the air.
  • At night, wash away the day with a vitamin-rich facial cleanser like Total Clean. It’s gentle yet powerful – way more effective than a harsh scrub at removing embedded dirt, oil and ozone.
  • And if all else fails, reach for Auspect’s skin-evening Pigment Eze serum. With a powerful blend of antioxidants and natural ingredients, it can reverse the effects of years spent living in the city unaware of the implications of air pollution.

Lastly, if you’re not a city dweller but a frequent visitor, take Elite Traveler’s advice and pick up the Auspect Starter Kits ahead of your visit. It’s got all your skin care essentials for on-the-go, including everything you need to protect against big city pollution.