Hands up if pollution is getting you down? From Shanghai to Singapore (during the haze season), car fumes, dust and dirt not only can cause respiratory problems in the long term, they can leave a physical layer of particles on the face that can penetrate beneath the surface of the skin and degrade the quality of skin cells, leading to yellowing and ageing. In fact, Shu Uemura scientists have even discovered that pollution can accelerate the yellowing of skin by up to two and a half times the normal rate. The solution? Products that deep cleanse the skin as much as possible, protect it from particles and dirt, and eventually ones that help reverse the ill effects of pollutants.

 

CLEANSE WELL
Go for a deep-cleansing product that gets rid not just of makeup, but any traces of dust, dirt and even residual sunscreen. The new Anti/Oxi+ Pollutant & Dullness Clarifying Cleansing Oil  from Shu Uemura is made specifically for this purpose. Also, try using a cleansing device like the Clarisonic Mia Fit whenever you've been outdoors for an extended period of time for a through deep cleanse... even if it's just once or twice a week.

Shu Uemura Anti/Oxi + Pollutant & Dullness Clarifying Cleansing Oil, from $55 and Clarisonic Mia Fit, $250  

PROTECT YOUR SKIN 
One of the best ways to protect skin is with a good face mist — apply it judiciously several times a day, especially if outdoors. Dior One Essential Mist-Lotion not only cleanses, rebalances and detoxifies your skin, it resets its purity on a daily level and targets 100 per cent of particles on the skin surface — even the ones that are of the super-fine PM2.5 variety. A product with anti-pollution and dust-repelling properties like the Laneige All-Day Anti-Pollution Defensor — designed to be used as your final skincare step — is also a good way to keep skin guarded against free radicals and dirt. 

Dior One Essential Mist-Lotion, $90 and Laneige All Day Anti-Pollution, $50

TREAT YOUR SKIN
Needless to say a good treatment is essential to repairing the damage caused to the skin, especially when you sleep. Skin Inc's My Daily Dose serum can be customised to your precise needs. The brand even has a Heat & Haze concoction — that combats sensitivities and boost hydration with a concentrated blend of ceramides, hyaluronic acid and French pine bark. Or indulge in a night time treat like the Origins Mega-Defense Barrier-Boosting Essence Oil that helps defend skin from pollution that triggers irritation and dehydration.

Skin Inc My Daily Dose in limited edition Serenity bottle and  Origins Mega-Defense Barrier-Boosting Essence Oil, $89