Best detox masks that will fight the effects of pollution
Best Anti-Pollution Masks to Help Detox Your Skin
The World Health Organization says 91 per cent 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.
Kaolin clay in this anti-pollution mask works to draw out impurities while malachite, a mineral extract that’s a powerful antioxidant, helps detoxify skin and combat free radicals caused by environmental pollutants. It also has fruit-based acids and salicylic acid to exfoliate skin, and comes with an in-built and anti-bacterial charcoal brush-on applicator for easy application of the mask.
Foreo Matte Maniac Extra Purifying Charcoal-Infused UFO Activated Mask, $30 for a pack of six
This mask is infused with a concentrated oil-free serum that has charcoal to eliminate excess sebum, and clarify and purify skin. It also has snow lotus, which helps eliminate toxins accumulated from environmental exposure, and witch hazel, chrysanthemum and centella asiatic extracts to soothe skin and protect it against inflammation. The only thing is you’ll need the high-tech Foreo UFO device – it costs $408, and emits LED light and helps cool skin down for a more intensive masking session – to use it.
This peel-off mask has a host of antioxidant-rich and skin-soothing ingredients such as avocado, bamboo and green tea to detox skin and combat the free radicals caused by environmental pollution. It also removes impurities accumulated on the skin surface and excess sebum, which makes it great for dull, congested and oily skin.
This 15-minute deep-cleansing mask has kaolin clay to control sebum production and draw out impurities such as pollutant particles from skin. Burdock root and rosemary extract help purify skin while honey and a blend of flower waxes (jasmine, narcissus and mimosa) nourish and soften skin.
Available from the Chantecaille counter at Takashimaya D.S. Level 1
Sabon Anti-Pollution Dead Sea Mum Facial Mask, $77
The key ingredients in this mask are a black mud native to the Dead Sea region and a special seaweed extract. The former helps soothe, cleanse and exfoliate skin while the latter is said to help remove particulate matter and pollutants from skin. Because of the sebum balancing properties of this mask, it is more suitable for oily skin types.
Available from the Sabon boutique at #B1-30A Ngee Ann City and counter at Tangs Orchard