We all know that pollution is clogging up the sky — bringing with it nasty health effects like headaches, nausea, and allergic reactions — but were you aware of how much all that air trash is clogging up your pores? Guys, take a seat. Pour yourself a tall glass of water. Prepare to be ~shook~ to your core.

Turns out pollution and the sun are in cahoots, working together to ensure that our wrinkled, spotty faces look far older than our birth certificates would attest. Can’t catch a break, hey. Little microscopic specks of smoke, soot, acid and other pollutants are continuously released into the atmos, and they are so tiny in size that when they come into contact with our faces, they are able to infiltrate deep layers of our skin. Not only is this incredibly gross to imagine — as if our pores are just small skip bins, put on this earth to absorb everyone’s tiny sky garbage— it all also causes inflammation and dehydration, which ultimately leads to a loss in the skin’s elasticity and firmness. Hard slog.

Sorry if the above information has ruined your morning, but don’t stress too much because a) that’s also bad for your skin, duh, and b) it’s not all doomsday. You can Benjamin Button your way back to baby-faced skin with one minor adjustment to your daily routine — it’s called Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant, and it’s our new ride or die here at The File HQ.

Unlike your run-of-the-mill exfoliants, this is a highly active powder that’s part of the new wave of skincare bordering on SCI-FI levels of wonderment. This powerful guy is going to  instantly resurface and clean the skin of all impurities, brighten and offer unrivalled protection from skin ageing pollutants. Ticking all the boxes.

One of the hero ingredients contained in Dermalogica’s Daily Superfoliant  is Binchotan Charcoal powder, which extracts dirt and oil (fact: one teaspoon has the ability to clear the toxins out of a tennis court sized surface), and helps to reduce inflammaging (aging caused by inflammation). It’s also, like, the easiest product to use, taking up just one minute of your precious bedtime prep.

Get about the following steps and we 100% promise* that you will get carded the next time you go to buy (an organic) bottle of vino.

*Not 100% true.

Step 1

Cleanse your face thoroughly with Dermalogica’s Precleanse. You may think it’s odd to cleanse your face TWICE — that’s if you’re not already a firm believer in the double cleanse — but thoroughly washing your face is critical in reducing the burden that pollution puts on your skin.


Step 2

After you’ve cleansed, apply about half a teaspoon of the Daily Superfoliant onto sufficiently wet hands, and rub together to create a creamy paste.


Step 3

Apply the paste to your cheeks in circular motions.


Step 4

After you’re done with the cheeks, apply the Daily Superfoliant to the chin area.


Step 5

And once the chin and cheek area are done, apply to the nose and forehead, making sure to stay away from the eye and mouth area. The Daily Superfoliant is gentle, so it gets all that gunk out of your pores without you having to scrub too hard, which can exacerbate skin conditions like acne and touch sensitivity.


Step 6

Massage the Daily Superfoliant paste into your face — we promise you’ll love how gentle the texture is. The exfoliant is comprised of the pollutant-absorbing ingredient, activated binchotan charcoal powder, which extracts dirt and oil; rice brain, giving the cleanser that satisfying grit; anti-inflammatory niacinamide; and lactic acid to rid your epidermis of dead skin cells.


Step 7

Rinse the miracle product off thoroughly with warm water, and a wash cloth if desired.


Step 8

Stare in awe at your face in the mirror for a few minutes, revel in how soft your skin feels by touching it continuously, and then go to bed and dream of crisp air, puppies and how young ‘n’ fresh everyone is going to say you look when you wake up.

You can purchase the Daily Superfoliant here


Words, Madeleine Woon.