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How To Start An Anti-Pollution Skincare Routine

For that ~*extra*~ protection!

If you live or work in the city, chances are, you're exposed to pollution daily—it's a sad truth that we have to deal with. Smoke and heat wreak havoc on our complexions, accelerating the appearance of aging and triggering blemishes. It's a good thing there are steps you can take to combat environmental aggressors: Double-cleanse, exfoliate, correct, and protect.

Below, we elaborately explain every step of the anti-pollution skincare routine. Plus, you'll find out the ingredients to look for before buying a product. Read on to see our recommendations, too!


Washing with a cleansing oil removes oil-based residue (makeup, sunscreen, sebum + smoke), while a facial cleanser lifts water-based dirt (dust). When used together, skin is purified from gunk without feeling tight and dry. 

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil 

This gentle cleansing oil gets rid of waterproof makeup without the sting on the eyes. It's safe for those with sensitive skin and those who wear contact lenses.

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The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil, P895, Lazada

Garnier Pure Active Fruit Energy Skin Energizing Foam 

This foam cleanser has grapefruit and pomegranate extract which brings back the skin's radiance with every wash.

Garnier Pure Active Fruit Energy Skin Energizing Foam, P248, Lazada


It's important to detoxify your complexion every now and then. For those with oily skin, twice a week is a good frequency, but for those with dry or normal skin, you only need to do it once every seven days.

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Human Nature Pollution Defense Face Mask

As its name suggests, this clay mask has bamboo charcoal that takes off deap-seated gunk hiding beneath the pores. It also has bentonite clay which refines the skin's texture.

Human Nature Pollution Defense Face Mask, P450, Robinsons Supermarket

Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze (Wine)

Free radicals, which come from a polluted environment, cause wrinkles and pigmentation. This toning/exfoliating pad has Reservatrol (from red wine) which fights these agressors.

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Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze -Wine, P1,295, Lazada

Mario Badescu Glycolic Gel

A thin layer of this overnight exfoliating treatment eliminates dead skin and unclogs congested pores. It also fades dark spots and smoothens fine lines.

Mario Badescu Glycolic Gel, P1,650, Rustan's The Beauty Source


There are skincare products made to counteract the effects of pollution. These usually have antioxidants that fight environmental factors from damaging the skin's cellular structure.

Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum

Vitamin C is an excellent antioxidant that provides both anti-aging and brightening effects. This serum has 5 percent of it so you're guaranteed to see fewer fine lines and dark spots with regular use. 

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Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitaminc C Serum, P1,200, Lazada

Centellian 24 Madeca Derma Centella Hydrating Formula

This moisturizer has Centella Asiatica extract which repairs the skin barrier—a crucial factor in having a clear, resilient complexion. It can also treat zits and promote oil-moisture balance. See a Cosmo Girl's full review here.

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Centellian 24 Madeca Derma Centella Hydrating Formula, P1,350, Lazada

Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence

Tap this essence on your clean face to allow the black tea and kombucha extracts to be absorbed well. Both ingredients are bursting with antioxidants that fight aging. Plus, they also improve the skin's luminosity.

Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence, P4,127, Sephora


This step is just as crucial as the ones mentioned earlier. Protecting your face from the sun and pollution is a key step in having clear, glowing skin. Exposure to UV rays accelerate signs of aging (wrinkles and sagging skin) and cause dark spots. If you neglect this step, you're negating all the effects of the serums and creams you used the night before. Here are some you can put on before you get out of the house.

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Innisfree Perfect UV Protection Cream Anti Pollution SPF50+ PA++++

A waterproof formula with an invisible filter that shields the skin from pollutants and UV rays.

Innisfree Perfect UV Protection Cream Anti Pollution SPF50+ PA++++, SM Mall of Asia

Murad City Skin Broad Spectrum SPF 50 PA++++

A lightweight face sunscreen with Environmental Protection Technology that protects the skin from blue light (the one that gadgets emit), pollution, infrared radiation (!!!), UVA, and UVB.

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Murad City Skin Broad Spectrum SPF 50 PA++++, P3,450, Beauty Bar

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