We may have had a low-key Diwali, but that didn’t stop the fireworks. Well, coupled with the noise, we now have the harmful effects of air pollution on our skin to battle with. Yes, the dust, smoke and fine air particles stick to your skin and can make it look rather dull. What’s more, they are also able to penetrate your pores and settle deep inside your skin. Air pollutants cause free radical damage to your skin, leading to issues like inflammation, dehydration, collagen loss, skin barrier weakening, blemishes and of course, in the long run - ageing. So, if you are someone who is often out and about, your skin is in need of some extra TLC. Here are some tips that can help protect against pollution and reverse its effects on your skin…
- 1. Make a habit of double cleansing
- 2. Exfoliate twice a week
- 3. Add antioxidants in your skincare routine
- 4. Use SPF daily
- 5. Maintain optimal moisture levels of your skin
1. Make a habit of double cleansing
Cleaning your face properly is crucial for keeping your skin healthy while exposed to filthy air. Which is why a simple cleansing routine may not be enough. Make a habit of double cleansing, which is a two-step process for a deeper, more purifying cleanse. The first step involves an oil-based cleanser that helps get rid of surface pollutants, breaking down SPF and makeup on your face. The second step relies on a potent facial wash to further clear impurities that have managed to penetrate deep inside your pores. The result? Clear, clean skin!
2. Exfoliate twice a week
Regular exfoliation does more than just rid your face of dead skin cells; it also removes the dirt and pollution from deep within your pores. Make sure you are exfoliating at least 2-3 times a week, but be gentle on your skin. Use soft, circular motions to work the exfoliant into your skin and make sure to not use something too harsh as that ends up irritating your skin even further.
3. Add antioxidants in your skincare routine
The best line of defense against free radical damage is antioxidants and fortunately, you will find many ways to add them to your skincare routine (in addition to your diet, of course!). Regular use of strong antioxidant ingredients, like vitamin C, will help keep signs of oxidative stress like dark spots, fine lines and saggy skin at bay.
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4. Use SPF daily
While sunscreens may not directly protect your skin from pollution, they do play an important role in your defense against pollution. Air pollutants can react with UV rays and turn into toxins that are very damaging for your skin. As such, daily use of a broad spectrum sunscreen is a must to avoid UV damage as much as possible.
5. Maintain optimal moisture levels of your skin
Well hydrated skin is healthy skin! Proper moisturisation helps strengthen your skin’s lipid barrier, which in turn, protects against environmental aggressors like pollutants in the air. Opt for lightweight and non-sticky, yet nourishing moisturisers while stepping out on a busy day to avoid making your skin look too greasy.