5 Essential Steps To Protect Your Skin During The Haze Season In Singapore
As if the city pollution wasn’t enough to wreak havoc on your skin, the haze season has returned—which means you can’t afford to lax on your skincare routine, at least not for this month.
To protect your skin from the PSI readings ranging in unhealthy levels, here are the five steps (with product recommendations by veteran makeup and skincare expert Larry Yeo) to keep effects of the haze at bay.
The first step to haze-proofing your skin is to rid it of the pollution particles that linger on the skin’s surface from the day. Double cleansing is recommended to remove your makeup, together with the dirt, grime and build-up. Don’t overdo it though—opt for gentle cleansers that do the job without drying out your skin.
2/5 Clear it out
Help your skin to purge and clear out the pores. On top of your daily cleansing, dedicate one or two days in the week for thorough cleaning to remove impurities, pollutants, and dead skin cells that are lodged deeper inside your pores. Exfoliating and clearing your pores ensures a healthy and radiant complexion.
Clay masks should be focussed on the dry parts of the face (the T-zone for most of us), and do use a scrub two to three times a week to ensure that the dead skin cells are sloughed off. Pick a BHA-based product to make sure your pores stay clear and prevent it from clogging.
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3/5 Soothe and tone
Whether you've done a gentle or intensive cleanse, toning is a vital step to rehydrate and plump up the skin to get optimally ready to absorb the next steps in your regime. Toners with the right formulas can help to soothe your skin and restore its natural suppleness, especially when it can go haywire due to exposure of constant pollution.
Dry skin can look dull and can be irritated, because to a weakened skin barrier. Without a good balance of hydration and moisturisation; your skin is left vulnerable to external aggressors and irritants—in this case, smog and dust particles—causing redness and itchiness. Remember to always moisturise your skin, and keep your body hydrated by drinking enough water.
While hydrating your skin helps to build up its protective barrier, protect your skin further by boosting its protection with an antioxidant-rich serum and a well-formulated sunscreen. Both items will ensure that your skin receives an all-rounded protection daily.
Sun protection is always essential because UV rays are one of the most damaging factors to skin, and leads to premature aging, so load up on it!
And one last thing...
Don’t forget your N95 mask when you’re out and about. We like the ultra-comfortable and stylish ones from Airinum, available at Ante, and are reusable and washable. They're KN95 certified, have adjustable straps for the most comfortable fit and comes in four sizes, to fit Tatlings, teens and adults.