If there’s one thing we’ll remember about this week, it’s the persistent smell that greeted us every morning.

The haze has made its return, and there’s no escaping it. It’s right here with us, and we need to take extra care to ensure our well-being, both for our health and our skin.

How does the haze damage our skin?

We all know that haze isn’t just bad for our health; it also takes a toll on our skin.

First and foremost, the haze carries pollutants like soot, dust, and other impurities that can irritate our skin, leading to itching, rashes, and even inflammation. This is why you might notice redness or breakouts when you’re exposed to poor air quality for extended periods.

Moreover, the haze contributes to free radical damage, which accelerates premature ageing. Living in a bustling city already exposes us to countless free radicals, and the haze only compounds the problem.

As if that’s not enough, did you know that UV rays are more potent when the air is hazy? The smog traps these harmful rays in the atmosphere, making them even more harmful to your skin.

Now that you understand how the haze can affect your skin, let’s explore six tips – along with recommended products – to help you combat this damage.

Stay hydrated for healthy skin

Maintaining proper hydration is an age-old secret that becomes even more critical during hazy periods.

Drinking enough water helps detoxify your body and ensures your skin remains hydrated, reducing the risk of clogged pores.

Proper hydration also bolsters your immune system, not only preventing illness but also helping your skin fight inflammation.

Give your skin a thorough cleanse

When you’re out in the haze, the first thing you should do at the end of the day is ensure your skin is free of impurities.

Thoroughly cleanse your face after outdoor exposure. If you’re willing to invest a bit, seek cleansers with antioxidant properties.

Shu Uemura Anti_Oxi+ Pollutant & Dullness Clarifying Cleansing Oil

Shu Uemura Anti/Oxi+ Pollutant & Dullness Clarifying Cleansing Oil is a standout choice. Formulated with Korean ginseng, green tea, and Japanese camellia, it keeps your skin soft, moisturised, and free from micro-sized pollutants, all while restoring radiance.

Shu Uemura Anti/Oxi+ Pollutant & Dullness Clarifying Cleansing Oil retails for RM170 for 150ml and is available at Shu Uemura counters, boutiques, and Sephora.

Opt for a weekly deep Cleansing routine

Exfoliating scrubs are beneficial, but don’t overdo it; once or twice a week is sufficient. You’ll want a product that delves deep into your pores for a thorough cleanse.

Skin Inc Oxy-Recharge Bubble Mask

Consider the Skin Inc Oxy-Recharge Bubble Mask. This detox mask employs smart peel technology to bubble up, deep cleansing and re-energising your skin. It removes dead skin cells and includes natural antioxidants to counter the effects of environmental pollution.

retails for RM263 for 30ml is available at Sephora.

Choose city-friendly sunscreen

Smog and UV rays are part and parcel of city life, contributing to free radical damage.

While you should already be using sunscreen daily, be even more diligent during hazy periods. Apply a sufficient amount and reapply regularly.

Drunk Elephant Umbra™ Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30

Drunk Elephant Umbra™ Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 is a reliable choice. Packed with antioxidants, it defends your skin from free radicals and environmental aggressors, making it ideal for sensitive skin.

Drunk Elephant’s Umbra™ Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 retails for RM165 is available at Sephora.

Lipscreen Sheer SPF 30 Lip Balm

Protect your lips with Supergoop! Lipscreen Sheer SPF 30 Lip Balm. This lip balm not only moisturises but also shields your lips from UV damage and environmental aggressors, including those from the haze.

Its antioxidant-rich formula helps combat free radicals in the air.

Supergoop! Lipscreen Sheer SPF 30 Lip Balm retails for RM114 and is available at Sephora.

Pamper your skin with moisturisation

Whether day or night, ensure your skin stays moisturised and hydrated. However, avoid sticky products like moisturizers, serums, or glossy makeup, as they can trap haze particles.

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Face Cream

Consider using Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Face Cream at night. This antioxidant-rich cream repairs and strengthens your skin overnight, leaving it moisturised and refreshed in the morning.

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Face Cream retails for RM285 and is available at Fresh outlets and Sephora.

Boost your diet with antioxidants

To combat free radicals from both inside and outside, incorporate antioxidant-rich foods into your diet. Some options include dark chocolate (in moderation), pecans, blueberries, strawberries, goji berries, raspberries, artichokes, dark green vegetables, and fish.

Drinking natural green tea frequently can also load up your body with antioxidants, ensuring your skin and health remain in top condition.

Remember, while the haze may be back, you have the power to protect your skin and well-being with these proactive measures and products. Stay safe and keep your skin radiant even in hazy conditions!