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City Skin

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For its umpteen yoga studios and pop ups galore, city life is joyous, but when it comes to skin, the grass is greener on the other side. Indeed, our postcode predetermines our complexion, and with stress, water quality and pollution levels worsening, it’s time to take note.


Studies that equate city dwellers with sky-high stress levels are plentiful. Increased and prolonged stress presses the pedal on cortisol production, which manifests itself in acne (caused by excess oil) and dullness (caused by blood flowing away from the skin to vital organs). “Exfoliation is key to increasing circulation and eliminating spot-inducing sebum”, says Dr Goldfaden. We suggest, Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub or Lancer’s The Method: Cleanse Blemish Control.

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City tap water is categorised as ‘hard’, meaning it’s not ideal for face washing purposes. ‘Hard’ means there’s an abnormally high mineral composition which includes drying calcium and magnesium, as well as free-radical producing chemicals such as chlorine and fluoride, both of which cause inflammation and disrupt the pH of skin causing irritation. Not only that, city water also contains heavy metals, such a nickel and iron, that can penetrate into pores. The antidote? A drop of the very clever Oskia CityLife Booster, added to your morning moisturiser not only helps rebalance the pH, but brings together the harmful metals into bigger particles that are then too large to pass into pores. It also protects against 98% of free-radicals.


From the House of Commons to dermatology clinics, pollution is high on the agenda. In addition to devastating the environment, it also ravages our skin. How? “Nano-size particulate matter (PM) attacks our skin’s DNA and cellular processes”, says Georgie Cleeve of Oskia skincare. Catalyzing the ageing process, and leaving skin hypersensitive and irritated, bolstering your skin’s barrier function is non-negotiable. Keep Ren’s handy Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist in your handbag, and make Kiehl’s Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque, a weekly ritual.

Changing Temperatures

As well as external urban aggressors, city skin has to cope with the usual barrage of contrasting temperatures, jumping from cold and windy to stuffy central heating, all of which is wildly dehydrating. To counteract temperamental skin conditions, a mild cleanser, gentle exfoliator and hyaluronic acid are integral to a good skin regime. We love the combination of Ren Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk and Dr Dennis Gross Clinical Concentrate Hydration Booster.

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