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Big City Livin’: The Ultimate Urban Skincare Guide

Skin in the City.   Whether you’re a straight up city girl, or just living somewhere with an unreasonably high AQI (air quality index), when it comes to pollution and your skin - you shouldn’t be playing around! Urban environments are a hub for harmful free radicals that can cause damage to skin cells and accelerate aging. Environmental stressors such as UV rays and other airborne particles clog pores and create a coat of grime on skin, leaving urban dwellers alike with irritated, dull and tired complexions. However, with a reported 2.5 billion people expected to live in urban environments by 2050, the skincare industry is taking note and creating a range of pollution-tackling products to make make your skin no match for the stresses of city life. Want in on all the fun? See our top recommendations for city-safe skincare below!


When you cleanse your skin after a long day in the city or first thing in the morning, you’ll want to make sure you're wiping away any and all traces of grime. Infused with powerful ingredients to help wash away all environmental stressors, the FOREO Day and Night Cleansers are up to the challenge.  The DAY CLEANSER instantly refreshes skin as it cleanses with yogurt probiotics that moisturize and protect it against daily external aggressions. The NIGHT CLEANSER is infused with meteorite and moringa extract for gentle, yet deep cleansing that removes impurities, makeup and pollutants with precision.



The City Skin Overnight Detox Moisturizer by Murad is the perfect moisturizer for urban dwellers. Full of super-charged antioxidants from marrubium plant stem cells, it works to neutralize pollutants and strengthen your skin’s barrier while you sleep. With this moisturizer, you can detox your skin overnight, so it's ready to take on the next day ahead!  

Face Mask

Giving you the ultimate facial in only 90 seconds, UFO pairs with the UFO Activated Make My Day Mask to protect your skin from harmful environmental pollutants throughout the day. Infused hyaluronic acid and red algae that is rich in antioxidants, you can keep your skin looking and feeling healthy in a flash!  

Finishing Spray

The geniuses over at Urban Decay have created the ultimate combination of makeup setting spray and pollution protection all in one snazzy product. The Urban Decay All Nighter Pollution Protection mist lasts up to 16 hours and helps protect against free radicals from pollution. It’s also the only spray on the market that uses patented Temperature Control Technology to lower the temperature of your makeup to help it last longer! We’ll take 10 please!  

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