Here’s Why Pollution-Blocking Skincare is Basically the New Sunscreen

It took long enough, but you’re finally at the stage of your life where you are not willing to forego the seriously important protection of sunscreen in the interest of a little color. But while you might be ready to give yourself a pat on your well lathered-up back, you might want to think again. The importance of using sun protection is hardly a passing fad, but it may not be the end of the story when it comes to skin protection anymore, either. Thanks to the toll that things like car exhaust fumes and cigarette smoke can take on your skin, that complexion of yours might be just as vulnerable in the face (no pun intended) of pollution as it is the sun. The solution? Taking a proactive approach to shielding your skin from pollutant just as you would (and most hopefully are) the sun. Below, see some of our favorite pollution-blocking skincare products for all-day protection from everyday elements.

ren

Ren Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist$38
lancome

Lancôme Advanced Génifique Sensitive Serum$78

kiehls

Kiehl’s Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Mask$39

antipollution

Chantecaille Anti-Pollution Finishing Essence, $125

clarins

Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution Sunscreen$43