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Sorry ladies, but we have some bad news for you. And for your skin and hair too. Following a report by the World Bank on global environmental indicators, the UAE is officially the most polluted country in the world, ranking higher than China and with over double the airborne pollutants of India. This means that, every day, our skin and hair are not only exposed to harmful UV rays and the strong desert sun, but they’re also under immense stress from pollution and environmental aggressors. The result? Dull, dreary complexions, breakouts, clogged pores, congested red skin, and dry, damaged hair. Oh dear. But before you enter hibernation mode and avoid stepping outside whenever possible, invest in these all-natural, antioxidant-rich products to help protect yourself. Shunning chemical nasties in favor of Mother Nature’s finest ingredients, they won’t load your body with any extra stress and will help repair existing and prevent future damage.
Click through the gallery to see Savoir Flair’s pick of the most powerful natural protecting products.
Blending botanical ingredients with biotechnology, this fast-absorbing oil is bursting with antioxidant-rich superfoods (carrots, broccoli, berry seeds, and black cumin to name a few) to give you back your glow and protect and perfect skin. High in omega fatty acids, vitamin C, amino acids, and natural UV filters, it improves tone and fights fine lines, whilst its anti-inflammatory properties help calm stressed skin.
BUY NOW: Sunday Riley ‘Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil’, AED 353/SAR 360, Net-a-Porter
We know that detox diets rid our bodies of toxins and restore them to full health, so do the same for your skin with this divine detox mask. Its natural clay formula fights free radical damage by drawing out toxins and impurities whilst tightening pores and refining skin texture. Use twice a week for five to ten minutes to be bright and beautiful in no time.
Caudalie ‘Instant Detox Mask’, AED 138/SAR 141, Bin Sina Pharmacy, Ibn Battuta Mall
Give your lips some loving with this nourishing, natural balm. Harnessing the healing powers of honey with soothing and hydrating sunflower, musk rose, and almond oils, it will protect even the most dry and damaged pouts. It tastes as sweet as it smells, so not licking it off may be a challenge…
Nuxe ‘Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm Rêve de Miel’, AED 70/SAR 69, Sephora, Mall of the Emirates
Curbing the harmful effects of city life, this potent protector combats redness, sensitivity, and discomfort by hydrating, calming, and soothing. Rich in omega-3 and omega-8 oils, which reduce inflammation and provide a protective barrier against pollution and irritants, it also helps repair existing damage. Calendula and chamomile calm while beta-glucan helps regulate the skin’s reactiveness to stress, so over time you’ll become less sensitive to environmental factors.
REN ‘Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream’, AED 190/SAR 194, Harvey Nichols – Dubai, Mall of the Emirates
This sublime spray works on skin whilst you sleep to regenerate and rejuvenate. Infused with oxygen, which is often lacking in an urban environment, it draws on the power of jasmine (known to increase at night) to boost the radiance and vibrancy of skin. It’s the answer to beauty sleep in a spray, so spritz on before you slumber and wake up with a refreshed and renewed glow.
The Organic Pharmacy ‘Jasmine Night Conditioning Spray’, AED 113/SAR 115, Wasl Vita Mall
Created by the ultimate natural beauty, Miranda Kerr, this Kora Organics cleanser is a gentle way to rid skin of daily dirt and grime. Aloe vera, green tea, and sandalwood fight off free radicals and provide skin with a gorgeous, subtle scent to leave you feeling fresh and invigorated. If it’s good enough for Kerr, it’s good enough for us.
BUY NOW: Kora Organics ‘Foaming Cleanser’, AED 227/SAR 232, Net-a-Porter
Our eyes also bear the brunt of pollution, dust, and fast-paced city life, resulting in dry, sore, puffy peepers. Not pretty. Perk them up with this loving, light eye cream, which contains calming lavender, honey water, and cold-pressed almond and jojoba oils. It reduces swelling, moisturizes, and keeps the delicate eye area firm and supple.
Lush ‘Enchanted Eye Cream’, AED 140/SAR 143, The Dubai Mall
Say goodbye to straw-like, dry locks and hello to happy, healthy hair with these nourishing, nutrient-rich products. Made with honey, hibiscus, and plant proteins, they work to strengthen, moisturize, protect against environmental aggressors, soothe stressed scalps, and reconstruct damaged, lifeless locks back to bouncy beautifulness.
John Masters Organics ‘Honey & Hibiscus Reconstructor and Reconstructing Shampoo’, from AED 195/SAR 199, Kure Beauty & Spa, Jumeirah
For more intense protection for your hair, this spray is your new superhero. Apply to freshly washed, towel-dried hair before styling and watch as antioxidant-rich grape extracts and powerful cellular enzymes work to keep it shiny soft whilst protecting, reconstructing, and nourishing it too.
Davines ‘Living Enzyme Infusion Spray’, AED 100/SAR 102, The Purple Sanctuary, Jumeirah