We all know how important it is to protect our skin from the damaging rays of the sun but did you know the atmosphere, especially a polluted one, also has a negative effect?

Thanks to airbourne pollutants like household cleaning products and car exhaust fumes, the earth is now wrapped in a layer of ‘bad ozone’ that, together with sunlight, can speed up your skin’s ageing process by creating inflammation. The result? Premature fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin.

While it sounds bleak, you can protect yourself by remembering to apply a sunscreen with a high SPF as well as skin care products that contain antioxidants like vitamin C and E as well as the newer kid on the block – ferulic acid. Found naturally in things like apple seeds and certain nuts, ferulic acid is powerful on its own, but even better when it’s combined with vitamin C and E as it increases their potency.

The dream teamDesktop7Above: SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic High Potency triple antioxidant treatment, R2 130 and SkinCeuticals Ultra Facial Defense SPF 50, R465  both Dermastore.

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The budget besties
Desktop6Above: The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Boost R230 and Vichy Capital Soleil SPF 50 velvety cream, R285.

With the right products, protecting your skin from both the atmosphere as well as the sun is all too easy.