Tips to Protect Skin from Pollution Damage
Hazardous pollution is the sad reality of the day, and spotting clear blue skies has become a luxury in most urban parts of the country. The rising pollution levels are a threat to the health of all our organs, including our skin. If you are someone living in an area where the air toxicity is dangerously high, here are some measures that you can take to protect your skin from pollution damage.
- Regular Cleansing and Exfoliation
An effective evening skincare routine has become all the more important these days to reverse the effects of the pollutants that your skin is exposed to throughout the day. Choose a gentle, SLS-free cleanser that is formulated for your skin type and also exfoliate your skin 2-3 times a week to unclog the pores. Having a squeaky clean face will also allow your creams and serums to perform better on your skin.
- Moisturizing Twice A Day
Not using a moisturizer after cleansing your skin can weaken your skin’s protective barrier and leave it exposed to pollution damage. Be it your facial skin or the skin on your hands and knees, a layer of hydration is needed to protect it from toxic pollutants and infections. For your body, you can go for a body yogurt which is a light-weight yet extremely hydrating moisturizer that also soothes irritated skin.
- Sun Protection
You truly can’t protect your skin enough from the sun, so take all measures possible to create a shield between yourself and the UV rays. Apply sunscreen on all exposed parts of your body before stepping out of the house and try to cover your face with a scarf and sunglasses. Gloves, umbrellas, sunhats, no amount spend on sun protection ever goes to waste so invest in all the protective gear that you need to protect your skin.
- Weekly Masking
An activated charcoal mask works great at sucking out all the toxins from your pores and restores the pristine state of your skin. You must use a detoxifying mask 1-2 times a week to thoroughly cleanse your pores and pull out all the grime that your cleanser may not be able to reach. Opt for a kaolin clay-based charcoal mask if you have dry or sensitive skin and a bentonite clay-based charcoal mask if you have normal to oily skin.
- Dietary Changes
Another effective way to heal your skin is from within, which is governed by the food you eat. Foods that are rich in antioxidants and omega fatty acids help to heal and protect the skin by reducing pigmentation, encouraging cell regeneration and strengthening the skin’s protective mantle. Consume berries, beans, and spinach for your daily dose of anti-oxidants and include nuts, fish and avocado in your diet to maintain a healthy intake of omega fatty acids.
If you are worried about the havoc that pollutants can wreak on your skin then these tips will definitely help you out. Let us all take a pledge to try and curb the pollution by making adequate lifestyle changes, and in the meantime, don’t forget to give your skin the extra TLC that it needs.