The World Health Organization says 91 per cent of the world’s population lives in places where air quality exceeds their guideline limits. With the Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) hitting the Unhealthy (101-200) range these days, anti-pollution skincare has become an increasing priority. What constitutes pollution? Particulate matter (especially during haze season), 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.
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: