#1 Bifesta Sensitive Micellar Cleansing Lotion, $18.90
This cleansing water is not only efficient at removing all traces of makeup, dirt and grim, it has a special key ingredient called Pullulan. Pullulan is said to act as a shield on skin to lower the amount of friction when you tug at your skin while removing the makeup (read: less wrinkles and fine lines from rough handling of your skin). It also strengthens your skin barrier functions at the same time.
#2 Chanel L’Eau Micellaire, $64
The active ingredient in this alcohol-free cleanser is a microalgae that protects skin cells against the stress caused by free radicals (also considered pollutant particles) in the environment. The cleansing water also removes makeup, even waterproof formulas, and traces of any impurities such as dust or dirt on the skin surface.
#3 Clarins Re-move Purifying Cleansing Gel, $30
This foaming cleanser has an anti-pollution plant-based complex that includes meadowsweet extract among others to help remove and protect skin against both indoor and outdoor pollution particles such as dust, dirt and free radicals.
#4 Drunk Elephant Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser, $46
This cleanser has a jelly-like texture and a formula of makeup-dissolving emollients to remove traces of makeup, oil and pollution from skin.
#6 Natura Bisse Diamond Cocoon Enzyme Cleanser, approx. US$117.23 (S$160), from Net-a-Porter
This enzyme cleanser is specially formulated to remove pollutants. Lipase dissolves and eliminates all traces of pollutants such as dust and free radicals, while a ferment extract forms a special film on skin to trap and remove PM2.5 and PM10 particles.
#7 Origins Dr. Weil For Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Micellar Cleanser, $60
This no-rinse micellar cleanser helps remove all traces of dirt, makeup and pollutants. It has the range’s signature mushroom blend which is rich in antioxidants to help boost skin’s resilience against free radicals, and a berry ferment to neutralise the skin-damaging effects of pollutant particles.
#8 shu uemura Anti Oxi+ Pollutant & Dullness Clarifying Cleansing Oil, $125
Japanese makeup artistry brand shu uemura is also known for its extensive range of cleansing oils. This one in particular has a key ingredient, moringa extract, to cleanse skin of micro-sized pollutants such as PM2.5 particulates and restore its radiance. It also has green tea extract, a potent antioxidant to combat free-radical skin damage.
#9 Sunday Riley C.E.O. C + E Micro-Dissolve Cleansing Oil, $55
A potent yet gentle cleanser, this cleansing oil dissolves and removes makeup, dirt and grime, excess oil, and pollution particles on the skin surface for more radiant and smoother-looking skin. The blend of super ingredients include AHAs and BHAs to gently exfoliate skin, and a vitamin C derivative and turmeric to brighten skin and combat free radicals.
#10 Tata Harper Purifying Gel Cleanser, $96
This is a cleanser that uses papaya enzymes to eliminate impurities caused by pollution. Broccoli extract and purple clay complex also helps combat free radicals while absorbing excess oil and dirt build-up.
#11 Neutrogena Deep Clean Brightening Foaming Cleanser, $11.50 (100 g)
Formulated with glycerin, a hydrating ingredient, this cleanser wicks away impurities accumulated during the day without stripping skin of essential moisture. Whitening vitamin complex helps brighten skin with every wash.