Have pigmentation, visible pores, dull skin and fine lines? It could be because you’re living in Singapore. OK, we exaggerate, but living in the city can do a lot of damage to your skin. Apart from wrong diet to lifestyle and sun exposure, rising levels of pollution can also take a toll on your skin. While Singapore has lower levels of pollution compared to some of our neighbours, something as simple as waiting for the bus at the bus stop with the exhaust blowing in your face or living near a road that sees a lot of traffic can be detrimental for your skin.

This is because particles of pollution that are smaller than a strand of hair settle into the deeper layers of the skin causing inflammation, loss of hydration and firmness. On the surface, your skin looks dull and pigmented, with enlarged pores and deeper lines due to dehydration. 

So what’s a girl to do other than move to somewhere that has clean air? Revamp your skincare routine, starting with your cleanser. Using the right cleanser will help remove pollutants that accumulate on your skin throughout the day. Cleansed pores look smaller and less visible. And with all the pollutants out of the way, your skin can better absorb all the products you layer on thereafter. This means your skin is better able to refresh and rejuvenate itself. Here are a few cleansers that help save your skin in the face of pollution.

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