The World Health Organization says 91 per cent of the world’s population live in places where air quality exceeds their guideline limits. Even though according to Singapore’s National Environmental Agency, our Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) is between the Good and Moderate range, it doesn’t mean that anti-pollution skincare is not applicable to us. Particulate matter (especially during haze season) and heavy metals emitted by vehicles and industrial activities, our high UV index (due to us being so near the equator), as well as blue light radiation from our digital devices are all sources of pollution.
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These cause free radical damage to skin, which leads to signs of premature ageing such as dull, saggy skin, clogged pores and hyperpigmentation, and sensitised skin that gets reddened, itchy and irritated easily. To combat the negative effects of pollution, it is important to cleanse your skin properly and use skincare rich in antioxidants. You can also try using a mask to purify skin and remove impurities like these ones here: