Anti Pollution Skincare Routine
The air that we breathe contains the necessary and essential elements that we need to survive but it also has a lot of chemicals and pollutants in it that can be harmful to us. While our internal organs have its own defence mechanism, in lungs, that filters the ‘bad’ air but unfortunately, our skin does not have many barriers to protect it from air pollution.
Pollution is omnipresent and a cause of worry. Ultraviolet radiation, chemical released from burning of fuels, fumes from compounds such as paints, car exhausts, cigarette smoke etc. can cause worrying damage to the skin. The skin is the outmost barrier and the pollutants cause the skin to age prematurely and cause problems like acne, skin cancers, allergies and pigmentation. This can cause the collagen to weaken and destroy the skin’s natural barrier. There are some simple things that you can do to protect from skin from Air pollution and keep it healthy:
1. Hydrate Well
One of the main damages from air pollution is dehydration. Therefore, you need to drink plenty of fluids to keep the skin hydrated. Water is the elixir that you need to promote call growth, improve circulation, reduce the dark circles under the eyes and improve the skin elasticity
Use a good quality moisturizer that will not only hydrate the skin from outside but also forms a barrier between the environment and skin. This keeps the skin from cracking and drying prevents the pollutants from harming.
3. Protection From Sun
The ozone layer is depleting and an exposure to sun rays can make the skin prone to cancer and allergies. Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before you step out in the sun. Wear a scarf and gloves to cover the face and other parts of the exposed skin area to prevent exposure.
Exfoliating your skin regularly will help in getting rid of pollutants stuck to the skin. Exfoliate once a week and don’t forget to moisturize the skin after that.
5. Cleanse Everyday
One of the simplest ways to keep the skin healthy is to cleanse it every day. Wash your face with normal water after coming home, remove any kind of makeup before going to bed at night and use facial cleansers regularly. Cleansers take away the dirt from the skin and clean the pores.
6. Eat Right
Eat foods rich in Vitamin C and E and omega acids. These foods make the skin healthy from the inside and improve the constitution of the skin from the inside. Including a healthy dose of vegetables and fruits in your regular diet will improve the skin’s texture, elasticity, and production of collagen.
7. Use Face Packs
Face packs help the skin to relax and remove dirt and pollutants from the skin’s outer most layers.
It is important that you consult a good skin specialist and understand your skin type before selecting the products that are right form your skin and real longterm benefits.