Did you know that next to UV rays, pollution is the next leading cause of premature aging and sensitive skin?

The alarming effects of pollution to our body are no secret, your skin included! Studies have shown that pollutants are small enough to enter our skin and wreak havoc, causing inflammation, the breakdown of collagen, as well as hyper-pigmentation and brown spots. This is why people who move to a polluted city from their rural hometowns will frequently note their skin suddenly going haywire.

Protecting our skin from air pollution is not as simple as just applying SPF. Our main priority should be strengthening the skin barrier so that it won't be easily susceptible to the negative effects of pollution. Here are the three things you have to keep in mind:

1. Double Cleanse

First, ensure you are cleansing properly so pollutants aren't left on the skin's surface and breaking down the skin barrier. Double cleansing twice a day will effectively remove any pollutants and oil-based impurities that may settle onto your skin during the day or overnight. Pick the right gentle cleansers, and make sure you're not under-doing or over-doing it!

2. Exfoliate

Exfoliating helps remove any dead skin and allows your treatments to absorb properly. You can bring out the big guns here, whether it's a powerful chemical exfoliator, a detoxifying charcoal mask or an antioxidant-rich face scrub!


The Mizon Apple Smoothie Peeling Gel is a champ at exfoliating your skin, while soothing and protecting your skin from premature ageing!

3. Protect

Yes, SPF will protect your skin from harmful sun rays, hyperpigmentation, and premature ageing, but that's not enough to protect your skin! Make sure your routine is jam-packed with products that are filled with antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and collagen-boosters. 

Ingredients to look out for when it comes to protecting your skin from pollution are vitamin C, vitamin E, green tea, ceramides and squalane, just to name a few. Here are some of our best product picks:

  • Jumiso All Day Vitamin Brightening & Balancing Facial Serum: Remember how growing up our mums used to say that vitamins are good for you? Well, she's absolutely right, and this serum is packed with not only Vitamin C, but also A, B, D, E and K to not only protect your skin, but also target hyperpigmentation, redness, wrinkless and dullness!
  • Benton Deep Green Tea Lotion: Packed with 50% Fresh Green Tea and Vitamin E, this lotion is an antioxidant powerhouse that not only revitalizes, soothes dull and dry skin, but also protects your skin and prevent premature signs of aging.
  • Benton Deep Green Tea Toner: If you're looking to introduce antioxidants earlier in your routine, try using this toner! Enriched with 53% Fresh Green Tea for that boost in antioxidants as well as Willowbark Extract to clear impurities and control sebum production.
  • Olivarrier Fluid Oil: Made with 100% olive-derived squalane, this lightweight do-it-all oil will provide hydration without greasiness and protect your skin from acne, redness, dullness and harmful free radicals!

Ceramide is such a lifesaver when it comes to dealing with and rebuilding a damaged skin barrier. The entire Olivarrier range also deserves a shoutout for their vegan ceramide, high antioxidant content and anti-pollution effects on the skin. If you're looking to switch to a new moisturizer, check out the Olivarrier Emollient Extra Comfort Cream!

What other tips do you have to protect your skin from air pollution?

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