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The Detoxifying Face Masks To Fight Pollution's Damage On Your Skin

Get radiant skin and combat the free radicals and pollution of the city life with these detoxifying face masks.

This article first appeared in Her World Singapore. 

City living isn’t easy. Sure we have all conveniences we could ever want right on our doorsteps/finger tips, but then there’s that terrible ‘P’ word we have to deal with – pollution.

Yep, pollution sucks – and not just in general, but also the radiance right out of our skin. We don’t need to tell you why all that airborne gunk is harmful for your delicate skin, but if you need a reminder – the tiny particles that make their insidious way deep into your skin cause all sorts of issues such as clogging, collagen and elastin damage. The free radicals created by these nasty particulate matter also compromises your skin’s barrier, causing further problems such as moisture loss and increased sensitivity.

If your complexion has been looking a little lacklustre of late, we recommend a) chugging a ton of water b) popping a multi-vitamin and c) slapping on any one of these (or a combination of) 10 face masks.

Caudalie Instant Detox Mask, $43, available at Sephora
Pink clay and coffee help to purge the accumulated toxins from your skin, while the brand’s signature grape extract detoxifies for a purified complexion. We love that this mask also contains powerful papaya enzymes that gently exfoliates for radiance even after first use. Oskia Citylife Detox Mask, $104 for pack of 4, available at budcosmetics.com
This powerhouse mask was practically designed for city folk. Formulated with activated charcoal power that binds to toxins and pollutants, kaolin clay to remove any residual impurities, malachite to detoxify and protect against further environmental stress, astaxanthin (an antioxidant 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C) and horse chestnut to soothe any irritation and purge leftover free radicals – we’re so adding this to our weekly skincare routine. Allies of Skin 1A All-Day Pollution Repair Mask, USD$109, available at alliesofskin.com or Sephora
It wouldn’t be an anti-pollution listicle without one of our favourite home grown labels. We love the concept of all-day masking, because really, why limit treatment to just 20 minutes? As it’s name clearly states, this leave-on treatment is supercharged with peptides, brighteners and antioxidants to stimulate collagen production while repairing damage skin. Kombucha Black Tea Sheet Mask, $6.90 for pack of 5, available on Lazada.sg
You know kombucha as your gut’s best friend, but the latest is that the probiotics present is also amazing for your skin. This formula features the goodness of fermented rice, yogurt filtrate and fruit extracts to treat dullness and uneven skin texture, leaving your skin supple and deeply nourished. PS: this 1-minute only mask is also a godsend for time-starved city dwellers.  JOWAE Clarifying Mineral Mask, $32, available at Tangs
Powerful (but gentle) white tea extract make this mask friendly even for the most sensitive of skin types – bonus! The formula also boasts micro-exfoliating perlite (an ultra soft mineral powder) that is known to clarify and brighten dull complexions. This mask also contains sea buckthorn, which is a powerful ingredient against acne-causing dirt and bacteria, while boosting hydration and elasticity. Philosophy Hope In A Jar Moisture Sheet mask, $8, available at Sephora
Pollution not only adds gunk into your skin, but also removes moisture, which is why it is important to not just focus on detoxing but also hydrating. We love Philosophy’s sheet mask for this – the ultra hydrating water-dew serum is delivered via a bio-cellulose sheet mask that perfectly fits every contour of your face, ensuring that every inch of your skin is thoroughly hydrated for an impressive 24 hours. GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment, $35, available at Sephora
This cult favourite is probably one of the best purifying masks on the market – with good reason! Its potent mud formula was actually clinically designed to address problems such as blemishes, in-grown hair and even razor bumps, featuring 6 different acids and activated charcoal that leave your skin not only purified, but also refined. LEADERS INSOLUTION Green Tea Skin Soft Mask, $3, available at Sephora
You already know green tea to be packed with amazing antioxidants that are good for your body, so it comes as no surprise that this legendary ingredient would be beneficial for your skin when applied topically too. From calming redness to soothing irritation and to adding a blast of moisture – we say, what more can you ask for from a $3 mask? We also love this sheet mask because it consists of 2 layers that “sandwich” all that goodness, ensuring maximum absorption as it does not dry out as quickly. HADA LABO Vitamin E Anti-oxidant & Skin Renewal Face Mask, $19.90, available at Watsons
Look, all the vitamins are good for your skin, but many skincare brands focus on vitamin E as it is one of the most effective against free radicals, and inhibits the production of sebum – 2 major issues of skin frequently exposed to pollution. This sheet mask also contains the ultra hydrating almond oil to restore lost moisture, and 4 types of hyaluronic acid to put pep back into your complexion. THIS WORKS Evening Detox Clay Mask, $60, available at Sephora
All you need is 10 minutes to draw out impurities and control excessive sebum, leaving your skin fresh and matte. This mask also taps into the power of multiple fruit acids to exfoliate and brighten, while naturally occurring salicylic acid helps purge any clogging caused by all that airborne impurities.