Pollution can come from nearly everywhere when one lives in an urban area. In fact, the World Health Organization says that a staggering 91 percent 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 this 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. And since pollution accelerates skin ageing, it’s important that we remove the impurities as frequently as possible.
Besides skin ageing, pollution causes free radical damage to skin, which leads to clogged pores and hyperpigmentation. Some may also experience 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:
Text: Kayce Teo
Additional Text: Zoe Zeng