The 411 On Anti-Pollution Skincare | Clozette


You might have noticed a growing number of products with the words “anti-pollution” plastered on them, but what does it mean? We know that we deal with environmental pollution on the daily but how much it can actually affect our skin? So here, we give you the lowdown on another one of 2019’s big skincare trends: the rise of the anti-pollution beauty products.


air pollution


Can pollution cause skin damage?


Short answer: yes. Soot, smoke, and acid particles are released into the atmosphere daily especially in cities where there’s a congested urban environment.  These tend to come from industrial emissions, exhaust fumes, household activities, and cigarette smoke. In addition, UV light, blue light emissions from tech screens and free radicals are also known aggressors. When cells are overburdened with these agressors, they can even harm DNA in such a way that cells are unable to heal and repair. The skin barrier weakens, making your complexion more prone to dullness, dehydration, hyperpigmentation, inflammation and fine lines.


purifying plant


What do anti-pollution products do?


True to their name, anti-pollution products help protect skin by strengthening the skin barrier against said aggressors. Many of them often contain ingredients that fight free radicals, reduce oxidative stress (that is, stress caused by free radicals mixing with oxygen leading to a dull and uneven skin tone), balance moisture levels to keep skin hydrated, and aid cells in the removal of waste and toxic substances. Some of them also contain filters that block UV and blue light damage.


What anti-pollution products do you recommend?


Here are the products you can add to your skincare routine to help increase your skin’s protection against environmental aggressors.



Caudalie VineActiv Overnight Detox Night Oil


caudalie detox night oil

Caudalie VineActiv Overnight Detox Night Oil 30ml, SGD65/~USD48 (sephora.com)


Caudalie’s 100% plant-based oil works overnight to reverse damage caused by pollution by detoxifying and encouraging cell renewal.


Chanel L’Eau Micellaire


chanel micellar water

Chanel L’Eau Micellaire Anti-Pollution Micellar Cleansing Water 150ml, SGD64/~USD47 (chanel.com)


Chanel’s micellar water makeup remover is of 96% natural origin and features two marine active ingredients: blue microalgae, which is a known depolluting agent, and marine salicornia extract that boosts and regulates hydration levels.



Laneige White Dew Tone Up Fluid


laneige tone up fluid

Laneige White Dew Tone Up Fluid SPF35 PA++ Moisturiser, SGD52/~USD38 (sephora.com)


Laneige’s tone-up fluid promises eight layers of skin protection that shields skin from multiple aggressors throughout the day while brightening up the complexion.


My Clarins RE-CHARGE Relaxing Sleep Mask


my clarins sleep mask

My Clarins RE-CHARGE Relaxing Sleep Mask, SGD45/~USD33 (clarins.com)


Clarins’ hip new skincare line, My Clarins, is filled with pollution-fighting products. This sleep mask eliminates toxins from skin, replenishing it with moisture from the inside out.



Sunday Riley C.E.O. Moisturiser


sunday riley ceo moisturiser

Sunday Riley C.E.O. C + E Antioxidant Protect + Repair Moisturiser 50g, SGD92/~USD68 (sephora.com)


Sunday Riley’s formula contains antioxidant support to help reverse damage caused by UV-B exposure. Anti-pollution exopolysaccharides and vitamin C address skin ageing and environmental stress while Bisabolol calms and soothes the skin.


(Cover photo from: @sundayriley)

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By now, it's safe to say that nobody does product launches like Glossier. Leave it to this indie beauty brand to create massive hype around their new releases. From the Cloud Paint and Boy Brow to Milky Jelly Cleanser and Solution, their social media launches are nothing short of a major hype fest covered by the media, influencers and even celebrities. The latest raved product? Bubblewrap. As expected, the reaction to this new release is massive with some people even hailing it as a botox replacement. Keep reading to know more about Glossier's new promising product.


It's a dual-purpose beauty product



Aside from its reported effectivity, the main selling point of Bubblewrap is that it's not only an eye cream but it can also be used as a lip cream. In an interview with Allure, Melissa Souto (Director of Product Marketing and Development at Glossier) shared that the inspiration behind this dual-purpose product came from an industry hack where makeup artists use eye creams to prep lips. The brand also explains in their Instagram posts that both the eye area and lips are the thinnest parts of our face so it makes sense to give them some extra lovin'.


The key ingredients



Those who got first dibs on Bubblewrap reported that it has a unique "bouncy-milky" texture or as the brand puts it "water-in-oil emulsion" with a lightweight feel. But what exactly is this product made of? The key ingredients are mostly related to hydration, which includes two types of good old hyaluronic acid (hydrolyzed HA and Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer); squalane, which is a staple ingredient in anti-ageing products; and avocado oil. There's also a peptide complex (another anti-ageing ingredient) and fruit extracts that are rich in antioxidants. As you can see, it is indeed quite a power-packed product with a concentration on intense hydration. 


Here's what people are saying about it


By this time, all we can scout are praises about the effectivity of Bubblewrap. Glossier shares on their website that during their clinical trials, a high percentage of people found the product to be instantly moisturising and deeply hydrating after two hours. With all the rave reviews, it does seem like that's the case. The promising product was even dubbed as good as botox. Whoa!



Others commented on how good it is as a lip cream because it delivers ample hydration without the pilling. "It just soaks on your lips and just leaves you like a blank canvass," shares YouTuber Rohini Elyse.  All in all, there seems to be a consensus that this new release is a winner. However, beauty guru Ruthie Barone remarked that even though she really enjoyed Bubblewrap and thought it was a great product, she feels like it's not a must-have in your beauty cabinet if you already have a trusty moisturiser that you can use all over your face. 


Where to buy?


As you may know, Glossier products are hard to come by on this side of the globe. There's always the option of purchasing it directly from the brand's official website. But you can also wait and check with local shops and distributors in a few days if they're going to offer Bubblewrap soon. Here's hoping that it reaches our shores soon.


(Cover photo from: @glossier)


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Our mothers have always been there for us. Right from when we were in their wombs, they’ve done everything they could for our best interest. So, giving them a day of appreciation is the least we can do to show how much we value all the sacrifices they've made. Still have no idea what to get your mum this Mother’s day? Fret no more because we’ve listed down a bunch of things you can get for her to show your love.



A spa at home



A pink eye massager

FOREO IRIS, SGD 149


Help your mum relax and rejuvenate by bringing the spa to her home. Give her something she can use to pamper herself whenever like the FOREO IRIS eye massager. Advise her to use it to spread her eye cream to help illuminate and refresh her tired eyes, making her look like she’s fresh out of a spa. 


A youthful glow


A blue jar of face cream

Albion Embeage Cream Parfait, SGD755


Since we’re already in the topic of skincare, why don’t you spoil your mother a bit more by gifting her a beauty product that will envelope her skin in moisture? A product that revitalises cells like the Albion Embeage Cream Parfait should do the trick to help her achieve that supple, youthful complexion. 



Flawless coverage


A compact cushion

Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cusion EX Phoenix Limited Edition 15g, SGD80


If your mother is also a beauty and makeup enthusiast, then what better gift is there to give but a base that would give her a healthy glow? Surely, she’ll appreciate something like Sulwhasoo’s Phoenix Limited Edition Perfecting Cushion EX as it will help her achieve a long-lasting and moisturising coverage.




A farewell to bad hair days


A paddle brush, a blade-less hair dryer, and a black detangling comb

Dyson Supersonic hair dryer Mother’s Day 2019 gift edition, SGD599


You could also opt to give her something unique yet functional this year. Maybe she’ll like a hairstyling tool like the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer that, as part of their Mother’s Day 2019 gift edition, comes with a paddle brush and detangling comb. 



A way to express herself freely

pink and gold notebooks

Collins Debden Dazzle notebooks, SGD17.90


If your mum’s the type who enjoys recording her day-to-day in a journal, perhaps a brand new notebook would be the perfect gift for her. Choose one with high-quality paper, like one from Collins Debden’s Dazzle collection. Bound in an interesting embossed cover, the notebook will surely be a special place where she can pen down her unforgettable moments.



A luxe present


A beige handbag with a huge heart design

Dolce&Gabbana Devotion bag, price unavailable


Make your mum feel like the queen she is by gifting her a luxurious piece. Express your devotion to her by giving her Dolce&Gabbana’s Devotion bags. The bags are available in different elegant variations to suit your mother’s unique taste. Plus, with its heart-shaped design, it's like a tangible representation of your love for her, don't you think?  



Something to capture precious moments with


A pink camera and a black camera

Canon EOS M100, SGD599; GoPro HERO7 Black, priceunavailable


If your mum is one who enjoys documenting all the milestones in your family’s life, then a Canon EOS M100 is perfect for her. Weighing only 302 grams, the camera makes it convenient for your mother to carry it wherever. If your mum’s the adventurous type, then let her capture every fun action-packed moment smoothly with GoPro HERO7. 



An all-around luggage


White luggage

RIMOWA Essential Check-in M in White Gloss, price unavailable


If your mother is going on a trip this summer, why not make it more convenient for her by getting her a new suitcase? RIMOWA’s Essential Check-in M is sure to provide her with all the space she needs for her travel essentials. Not to mention, it’s sturdy enough to withstand being tossed about during her trip.



A stylish new look


A blue print chiffon dress, grey lingerie, a silver watch, silver pair of earrings, and a rattan handbag

ERES Pink-green Miste Lingerie, price unavailable; MARYLING Geometric Print Midi Dress, SGD825; Brooks Brothers Red Fleece Collection Ivory bag, price unavailable; Larry Jewelry Maia Circle Pendant, price unavailable; Tiffany & Co. Atlas watch, price unavailable; Thomas Sabo Heritage Sterling Silver Earrings, SGD279


Give your mom a makeover on her special day! Get her a complete outfit you curated especially for her. Since it’s summer, give her a chic yet breezy look that’s just right for the weather. A simple print chiffon dress that’s accessorised with the right pieces will make her feel the elegant lady she is for the day — and beyond.




A declaration of your love


A necklace with heart shaped pendant

Poh Heng Love Journey Heart Shape Pendant necklace, SGD950


Show her your adoration and appreciation by giving her a jewelry piece that lasts. Pieces like Poh Heng’s Love Journey Heart Shape Pendant necklace already speaks volumes, but be sure to still express your love with words when you give it to her to ensure maximum happiness. 



An indulgent food date


Two set meals laid down on fancy plates

Left: Singapore TWG Tea Salons' Mother’s Day Set Menu, SGD45; Right: Philippines TWG Tea Salons' Mother's Day Set Menu, Php1250


If you have no time to shop, then at least treat your mum to a sumptuous meal on her day. Restaurants everywhere are serving exclusive Mother’s Day offerings. All TWG Tea Salons and Boutiques in the Philippines, for one, are offering a delicate gastronomical experience for the queen from 5 to 26 May. For the mums in Singapore, TWG Tea Salons are also presenting a feast fit for the queen from 6 to 12 May. Meanwhile, Mandarin Oriental’s Melt Café is also set to serve a Mother’s Day Brunch Promo on 12 May. As they say, the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach, so dine and enjoy together.




A day to unwind


Bedrooms of 2 resorts

Left: Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa; Right: Capella Singapore (source)


Your mums would probably say that there’s no better gift than your presence, but maybe don't heed her advice for once. Why not make it more memorable for the two of you by bringing her to a spa stay-cation? This Mother’s Day Weekend, check in at a five-star hotel like the Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa or stay at a top luxurious resort like the Capella Singapore and enjoy the lavish spa treatments they offer.

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