Is the dipping air quality sensitising your skin? Dye-ing for a new colour job without the damage? Here are the picks for you.

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1. No matter what I do, my foundation cracks in the middle of the day and I can’t seem to get it to stay put. Make it stop! Before anything else, swipe on a primer and try a lightweight foundation like the Kat Von D True Portrait Foundation. This has a liquid-to-powder formula and an incredibly soft texture; it veils the skin and won’t cake. 

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Kat Von D Beauty True Portrait Foundation, $58 

2. My skin is ultra-sensitive, and air pollution isn’t helping either. What’s a great rescue remedy? Try the Sunday Riley Juno Antioxidant + Superfood Face Oil. It has a mixture of botanically-active blends of superfood seed oils that nourishes your skin with vitamins, critical antioxidants and more.

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Sunday Riley Juno Antioxidant + Superfood Face Oil, $54 

3. I love playing with colour for my hair, but the aftercare is such a drag. Is there something that offers both gorgeous colours with built-in treatment? Schwarzkopf Igora Vibrance is a brand-new moisturising demi-permanent hair colour that also gives hair protection (bye damaged hair!). Ask about it at your nearest Schwarzkopf Professional Salon.

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Schwarzkopf Igora Vibrance

4. The haze hasn’t helped my skin at all. What ’s a good, easy cleanser for this urbanite? Pollution particles are super-tiny, tinier than our pores, so they tend to go in deep. The Neutrogena Deep Clean Foaming Cleanser has the ability to cleanse deep and remove micro-pollutants, so you can still get that glow.

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Neutrogena Deep Clean Foaming Cleanser, $11.50 


This necessary-unnecessary purchase: with 15L of space, you can fit your serums and masks and chill them in this mini skincare fridge. At-home spa, any time! 

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Cooluli Classic Series Cooler, USD99.90 (approx. $136) at cooluli.com 



If you’re spending your days at the beach, prep and pack your skin with H2O and let it drink up the hydrating goodness of these jars. Remember to slap on sunblock right after! 

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FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: Laneige Water Bank Hydro Cream EX, $52; Huxley Secret of Sahara Cream Fresh and More, $49; Clinelle PureSWISS HydraCalm Cream, $26.50; Biossance Squalane + Omega Repair Cream, $83