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Tried & Tested: The Pollution-Proof Serum Saving Our City Skin

by Victoria Williams Published on 20 June 2017

Being exposed to polluted air on a daily basis can leave skin congested, irritated and can even accelerate signs of ageing. We swan around London with our juices and Whole Foods salads thinking we are the epitome of health but what lies beneath our pores is a very different story. As busy London-dwellers we need all the help we can get and this week, we added Tropic's new Super Greens Nutrient Boost Serum to our city survival kit to see how it measured up against those Uber fumes.

Victoria - Community & Product Reviews Manager

I moved to London for the career opportunities, the social life and the bottomless brunches. I did not think about the fact that getting on the tube every day and spending my lunch hour on Oxford Street would be damaging my skin and making me age quicker than you can say, "I'm just going to pop to Pret." Specifically designed with those regularly exposed to polluted environments, I was keen to see if the Super Greens Nutrient Boost Serum from Tropic could save my skin before it was all too late. It's basically the skincare equivalent of a super healthy green juice shot. It even contains extracts of kale for crying out loud.

Much like the taste of a green juice I did find the smell of the serum a little off-putting at first. It's strong but not in the same way as a overly-perfumed moisturiser. It smells healthy, which can only be a good thing. Once you get past the scent and the forest green colour it feels lovely when applied and massaged as directed into the skin. I'm not the kind of person who can get up earlier to massage layer upon layer of different serums and moisturisers and wait for them to sink in before applying my makeup so I took to using this in this evening before bed. I must admit after using my skin did appear brighter (thank you green coffee extract) and my forehead blemishes eased off. Fingers crossed if I keep using this I won't be offered a priority seat on the tube before I'm 26.

Lareese - Editor

There's a few things in life that gave me a huge surge of happiness. One of them is dogs, any dogs, tube dogs are a personal favourite (I mean who needs train spotting when you can dog spot instead?) the other is food, any food, and the third is skincare - more specifically hydrating serums, sheet masks and face mists.

I'm part of the daily commuter gang sweating my way from city to city, from Brighton to London and back again. I know, my skin has seen a lot and the truth rears its ugly head right on that micellar water-soaked cotton pad when I cleanse at night. At least my skin get's a little seaside respite at the weekends, but I need something with industrial strength to see my pores through the tubes, the trains and the London smog.

The Super Greens Nutrient Boost Serum is the healthy shot I've been searching for. It delivers quick, convenient skincare protection against heavily polluted environments, so it's ideal for applying in the morning before I take on the dreaded commute. Jam-packed with pollution-busting ingredients including kale, maca root and tamanu oils to accelerate skin repair, my skin appears brighter and calmer after use.

Even if my cotton pad is black with grime and uber fumes, at least I can sleep easy knowing that Tropic's super serum had the gloves on ready and waiting to fight my corner when pollution comes knocking.

Helen - Social Media Editor

Pollution-busting skincare is having a moment right now - a trend that's way more necessary and appreciated than sticking glitter everywhere. As a seasoned tube commuter, I dread to think about all the invisible pollutants, germs and bacteria that infiltrate their way into my pores - the sight of a greying, post-cleanse cotton pad at night is horrifying enough. Hence why I was more than happy to slap Tropic's new Super Greens Nutrient Boost Serum all over my face.

Think of it as a shot for your skin - a shot packed with superfoods that boast skin-improving capabilities, and not the kind you're so keen to down on a Saturday night. It's applied after cleansing - I found three drops were enough to cover my whole face and ensure it felt thoroughly moisturised which it did. It has quite a potent smell which although I can't say I enjoyed, it's proof it did actually contain the kale and coffee extracts. The results weren't immediate so I'd say perseverance is key, especially as skin types differ from one person to the next, but after a week of use I can reassure you my skin felt cleaner and healthier so I'll definitely be incorporating this miracle worker into my daily skincare routine from now on.

Pascale Day - Staff Writer

If you've ever been to London, you'll be aware of the fact that there is smog everywhere. You can't see it and you can't touch it, but ever blow your nose after a day in the big city and it'll be black, guaranteed. Which is why it's essential to safeguard our skin against the effects of pollution.

Now, I don't know whether it's the cute little pipette, the intriguing green hue or just the fact that it sinks into the skin, but I have to profess my feelings for this serum, right here right now. I'll take it to the rooftops, guys. I love this serum. I'll admit, it's quite hard to pipette a liquid onto your face when you're not lying down, but introducing Tropics into my (admittedly short) morning beauty regime, genuinely leaves my face looking brighter. Which is helpful because mornings always leave me in a bad mood. Try it. Try it try it try it.

Rose Adams - Social Media Assistant

Let's get real here, pollution causes us nothing but grief. It wrecks the planet and now we know that it wrecks our skin too, brill. But while we can't magic all the cars and buses off of the roads, we can do something to tackle the spot-creating, age-accelerating effects it has on our poor faces - and that's where this little organic gem comes in. Tropic Super Greens Nutrient Boost Serum is like that breath of fresh country air all us city dwellers crave, and I'm now officially a convert.

As a commuter making the long trek into (beautiful but grubby) London every day, skipping out my nightly cleansing routine is simply not an option. This serum makes beautiful cleansing music when paired with my trusty micellar water. It's easy to use and more importantly, it's effective. So here's me saying skip out on that gym and green juice appointment you've got pencilled in for tonight, and rush home to slap this on your face instead, it will make you feel just as refreshed minus the sweating.

We will be giving away 50 Super Greens Nutrient Boost Serums to be tested this week on Experts Club.

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