After we’ve published tips on protecting your skin from the haze, we also receive queries about the products that we recommend.
What you need to look out for are products that either have detoxification and purification properties, anti-pollutants properties or antioxidants properties.
Here are a few that are known to have the said capabilities:
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Cleanse thoroughly with a scrub
Use Bioderma Gentle Moisturising Scrub (SGD29.90). Cleansing is even more important now that sebum and makeup on your skin can make pollutant particles stick to your skin. Opt for a gentle exfoliant like this Bioderma one that is also very hydrating.
Protecting skin from environment with a good moisturiser
Use Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Cream (SGD110). After toning and your usual serum, top it up and create a barrier between the environment and your skin with a good moisturiser that’s filled with antioxidants. Enriched with raspberry stem cells, which are known for their potent antioxidants, this Origins moisturiser also keep signs of ageing caused by pollution at bay.
Keep pollution and UV rays at bay
Use Elizabeth Arden Prevage Triple Defense Shield SPF 50 PA+++ (SGD148). Although the sun seems to be blocked by the haze, UV rays are actually still very much present. While most sunscreens only target at keeping the skin safe from UV rays, this one from Elizabeth Arden was designed specifically to combat pollution. Apply this before you head out of your house.
Get rid of discomfort and keep skin clean
Use Vichy Thermal Spa Water (SGD9.90). If your skin is feeling uncomfortable after a walk out for lunch, try spritzing this water onto your skin, and then dab off with a clean tissue paper (don’t let it evaporate by itself). The Vichy Thermal Water is enriched with 15 minerals that help to purify, regenerate, soothe and protect skin, as it delivers antioxidants to it. This is a great way to freshen yourself up and to cleanse off any smog that had settled on your skin, instead of washing with a cleanser. Overcleansing with water can cause your skin to dry out so use a mist instead.