The rising environmental pollution has affected our health in many ways. But have you wondered what happens to your skin as a result of air pollution. Here are a few important points to understand when dealing with pollution and taking care of your skin.
What happens to the skin?
- Frist of all, smog ,dust and dirt particles blocks the skin pores. This causes acne and makes the skin looks dull.
- There are other harmful pollutants in the air like ultraviolet radiations, nitrogen oxides and other toxic substances. These make your skin dehydrated and irritated. Also the free radicals deplete the oxygen in skin cells and decrease collagen production. This again leads to wrinkles and increases your skin ageing.
- Pollution causes damage not just to your skin, but causes asthma, eye infections and other respiratory diseases.
Therefore, while we strive to prevent pollution, we must also do some damage-control. Installing air purifiers and wearing masks are helpful to great extent, but your skin might still not look happy.
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Take good care of your skin
- Always wash your face, hands and legs after returning home. Make sure to remove makeup and use proper cleanser on your face before going to bed.
- Drinking loads of water is a very effective way to keep your skin hydrated. Also use moisturisers to prevent dryness of skin.
- Exfoliating your skin is one way to open your clogged pores. This removes all the dust and dirt particl es. Do this at least twice a week.
- Ultraviolet radiation can not only cause skin damage, but it could be a reason of sun burns. So make sure to wear sunscreen or skin care products that contains SPF while steeping outside.
- Vitamin C and antioxidants fight free radicals in the body. So following a diet rich in vitamin C can help reverse the damage to your skin. If your diet does not offer these in the right amount, it is suggested to take multivitamin or vitamin C supplements.
So always make sure to take good care of your skin and protect against pollution. Further more adapt to a more green lifestyle to prevent pollution.
Malavika M S is an intern with SheThePeople.TV