Air pollutants rob your skin cells of oxygen and increase free radical production, leaving your skin vulnerable to UV radiation. We all know about the health hazards of air pollution but its effects on skin and hair are largely unnoticed.
By commuting around cities like Delhi, we are exposed to high levels of toxins floating around in the air. These toxins decrease the production of collagen and elastin, and in turn cause thinning of skin and loss of elasticity. Excessive exposure to air pollution can leave your skin looking wrinkled, leading to sagging skin, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Today we are sharing tips to help protect your skin from the rising air pollution in metros such as Delhi NCR, Bangalore, and Mumbai.
Get more Vitamin C in your system
Vitamin C is the best antioxidant that helps the body in countering the effects of pollution. It builds resistance against free radicals that cause premature ageing of cells due to pollution. Vitamin C can also eases breathing to ensure that more oxygen reaches our body cells and organs.
Some of the best sources of Vitamin C are oranges, pineapples, guavas, papayas, strawberries, and gooseberries (amla). Vitamin C is also present in capsicum, broccoli, chili peppers, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts. So, revamp your diet today to get a healthier skin.
Moisturise your skin more often
Most people do not bother moisturising their skin. Moisturising with oil-based lotions creates an additional layer of protection against airborne toxins and UV radiation. So, consult your dermatologist today to get a lotion that suits your skin and do not forget to use sunscreens during summer months as well.
Get head massages from time to time
Over time sweat, dust, and grime settle in the roots of your hair resulting in the itchy, scratchy feeling. These pollutants also cause excessive hair loss if not cleaned away. While washing your hair every day helps, nothing works like a head massage once every two weeks or so. In addition, a head massage also stimulates blood circulation and improves the health of your scalp.
Breathe in clean air
If you are wondering how to do that when the air around is already so full of toxins, we have a solution for you. Buy a home air purifier with HEPA and activated carbon filters. These smart home products recycle the air inside an ambient space like your bedroom or living room, removing over 99% air pollutants. Staying in a space with clean air helps your immune system recover from working overtime against air pollutants, thereby improving your overall health.