Living in the city means you’re exposed to the worst pollutants every day. We’re talking smoke, dust, and God knows what else. That, mixed with stress and hormonal fluctuations, can lead to big problems. Think: dryness, lackluster skin, clogged pores, and even wrinkles.

Thankfully, plenty of things keep you protected from airborne aggressors. Below, we’ve listed 5 ingredients that step up your defense.


When you’re out ‘n’ about, you need a shield that goes beyond SPF. Moringa protects your skin by combating free radicals and helps repair damage, too. This My Prime soap has a combination of moringa and pili oils. Together, these oils fight off foreign bodies of all kinds, keeping your skin pure.

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Charcoal is famous for its deep cleansing abilities. It pulls large amounts of bacteria, toxins, and micro-particles from the skin, which essentially makes it a go-to for city girls. This Origins clay mask uses bamboo charcoal and white clay suck out impurities from congested skin. Think of it as a gentle vacuum for clogged pores.

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Niacinamide is famous for its brightening effect, but did you know it strengthens your skin barrier, too? This Benton toner-essence is made with niacinamide, snail mucin, and bee venom, which creates a sort of wall against pollutants. When you strengthen the bulwarks of your skin barrier, it can block out dusty particles much better. Yay!

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We can’t stress this enough: a strong skin barrier function is key. This is because pollution really wears your skin out, contributing to a loss of moisture and elasticity. Lucky for you, hyaluronic acid is here to help! This Water Angel mask is infused with hyaluronic acid and jellyfish extract, which is celebrated for its softening power. Thanks to its collagen and elastin content, the sheet mask also encourages cellular turnover for a youthful, bouncy feel. It’s the perfect picker-upper after long, tiring day.

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It’s no secret that green tea is good for the skin. Loaded with antioxidants, this super-ingredient ensures maximum defense against free radicals. Innisfree’s bestselling face mist is the perfect example of green tea’s prowess. Just spritz it throughout the day, and you’ll quickly refresh your complexion as well as protect it against pollution.

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Now you’re ready to brave the metro!