9 Products (And a Treatment) That Will Help Haze-Proof Your Skin Buy Buy Buy

One day it’s in the healthy level, the next, PSI levels are soaring well above 200 into the “very unhealthy” range. We say, better save than sorry, so besides your N95 mask, be sure to stock up on a few of these to keep skin healthy and glowing. 

If you’ve been noticing little bumps appear on your skin, or your complexion’s looking duller than usual, you can blame skyrocketing PSI levels for that. But these products may help clear clogged pores and restore glow to dull skin.

1. Dr Belter Caviar Arctica Balance Multiactive Repair Cream, $248

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The increased pollutants in the air can wreak skin’s balance, causing it to become sensitised as its self-healing process is hampered. This cream is supposed to help with the skin’s critical metabolic process to cancel out those effects, thanks to ingredients such as marine actives, Antarctic complexes, plankton extracts and more. These work hand in hand to activate the formation of new structure cells, ensuring improved skin structure and enhanced natural function.

Dr Belter products are available at Annabelle Skin, #02-42 The Adelphi (6336 8975).

2. Spa Ceylon Detox Hot Sugar Body Scrub, $55.90

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This thermal exfoliating treatment is enriched with minerals to draw out toxins and deep-seated impurities within the skin. Natural cane sugar crystals, Indian ginseng and natural clays work to clear clogged pores as well as remove dead skin cells for smoother skin. Sandalwood and ginger not only give this scrub its comforting scent, but also promote cell renewal. Massage this onto your body until heat is felt, then wash it off with warm water when it starts to cool down.

Spa Ceylon is located at #01-43 Wisma Atria. 

3. The Body Shop Spa of the World Himalayan Charcoal Body Clay, $36.90

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You might already be using a clay mask for your face – why not one for your body too? Charcoal is well known to help draw out impurities from the skin, as its full of negatively charged ions that attract positively charged ones. Use this after cleansing by spreading a thin layer onto your skin. Wash it off after 10 minutes after it’s dried.

4. Biotherm Aquasource Night Spa, $76

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Biotherm’s first sleeping pack replenishes skin’s moisture levels while you sleep and it’s, of course, formulated with the range’s signature Life Plankton to protect skin’s fibres from destruction, reduce redness, reinforce the skin’s structure so it’s better equipped to fight environmental aggressors, and more. We especially love this for it balm-in-gel texture that simply melts into your skin. If you’re still sleeping without air-conditioning despite the haze, then this is one product you should work into your beauty regime as it provides an extra layer of protection against haze particles.

5. Porcelain Revive Glycolic Toner, $55

Enriched with gentle AHAs, and vitamins C & E, this toner clarifies the skin while protecting it against free radical damage. What we like about it is that it comes in a spray bottle, so we like misting it onto our faces for a mid-day pick me up – especially after spending a bit of time in the hazy outdoors. As with any product containing AHAs, be sure to be meticulous with sunscreen application.

Available at Porcelain Face Spa

6. The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil, $34.90 Screenshot 2015-09-25 16.23.44 This classic product is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year! You’re probably aware that it’s great for clearing up blemishes. But thanks to its powerful purifying properties, it can also be used … for your hair. Yep, simply mix two drops into your shampoo to help unclog follicles. Yep, remember to show some TLC to your crowning glory too.

7. RMK Skinturner Conditioning, $63 Screenshot 2015-09-25 16.25.28The RMK Skinturner Conditioning, a moisturiser that’s touted to protect the skin from reacting badly to changes in the environment. Active ingredients niacinamide and glycyrrhizic acids help soothe inflammation and combat dryness, while the extracts of tilia cordata flower, soy bean, and Job’s tears will penetrate into deeper layers of the skin to enhance its barrier function. Plus, its calming woody scent relaxes the mind when you apply it in the evening.

8. Laneige Pore Deep Clearing Foam, $30 Screenshot 2015-09-25 16.27.06 Needless to say, cleansing should be the step you take most seriously in these hazy times. This cleanser from Laneige forms a dense lather and has both micro bubbles to cleanse deep within the pores, as well as larger bubbles to cleanse the surface of your skin. Pore Purifying Complex helps removes toxins and impurities around the pores.

9. Etude House Dust Cut Facial Mist, $20


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This essentially protects your skin with a fitting polymer that forms a barrier against dust and haze particles. It can be used over makeup – and won’t cause makeup to run or shift.

And a treatment to try …

JMF Multi-Level Peeling Treatment, $168 – $228


In this treatment by Italian professional treatment brand JMF, a combination of fruit acids such as AHA, BHA, SA, PHA and more are used to exfoliate, tighten, and rejuvenate the skin. This combination has been carefully chosen to reduce irritation usually caused by fruit acids, while allowing dead skin to be sloughed off safely, and for active ingredients to be absorbed effectively. A three-level approach is used during the treatment – T1, T2, and T3 – with the concentration of fruit acids increasing with each level. At each stage, an solution comprising of aloe vera extracts is applied after the fruit acids, essentially neutralising the action of fruit acids and to soothe the skin before the next level is administered. Level T3 (which uses a 55% concentration of fruit acids) is only applied to targeted spots for localised treatments.

While I felt a tingling sensation with each application of fruit acids, it was quickly neutralised with the application of aloe vera extracts, and I was thankful that there was no redness or sensitivity, post-treatment. My therapist was also extremely thorough with her manual extraction process – and my pores felt truly clean and free of clogs for the first time in a long time. The little bumps that had lined my chin – that only appeared with the haze – all but disappeared. In the days that followed, gunk and debris continued to make their exit from my pores, which left me feeling extremely convinced that the treatment did, indeed, work. While I was told to stay away from facial scrubs for about two weeks, I did use a clay mask about five days after treatment to hasten the removal of whiteheads and comedones from my pores, and my complexion looked bright and clear in the couple of weeks that followed.

I was also given the JMF L1 Diage to use after the treatment. This is a night cream that’s supposed to help preserve the elasticity of the skin and is the gentlest formulation the range. There’s also L2 and L3 to help with more mature skin conditions such as deep wrinkles.

The JMF Multi-Level Peeling treatment is available at Annabelle Skin, #02-42 The Adelphi (6336 8975); ICass Beauty, 681 Hougang Ave 8, #01-819 (6385 6077); CNS Hair & Beauty Salon, 625 Ang Mo Kio Ave 9, #01-112 (6452 5667). 


She may have been born and bred in Singapore, but Denise considers Chiang Mai her spiritual home and needs to make a yearly pilgrimage there to maintain her sanity. Competitive by nature, she enjoys combat sports and is currently obsessed with Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which she picked up just under a year ago. To no one’s surprise, the country currently at the top of her travel bucket list is Brazil.

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