“Exposure to pollution, particularly PM, VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and PAHs are also known to inflame the skin, increase oxidative stress on the skin and work synergistically with the harmful rays of the sun, these pollutants can be one of the main causes of skin cancer. “
All of these facts are enough to understand how dangerous and harmful pollution is for our skin and hair. We must take the necessary precautions to protect our hair and skin from this natural enemy. Here is a list of some of the best pollution-free skin and hair care suggestions for you today:
Skin Care Tips
Daily application of broad spectrum sunscreen is important: Broad spectrum sunscreen with the power of antioxidants is the right option for your skin to protect it from the effects of pollutants. A broad spectrum sunscreen protects your skin against UVA, UVB and IR rays. However, the richness in antioxidants of a sunscreen offers total protection against pollution. That’s why you don’t even apply sunscreen on just one day of the year.
Broad spectrum sunscreen with the power of antioxidants is the right option for your skin to protect it from the effects of pollutants. | Flickr
Should cleanse the face after returning home: We rinse our face in the morning for freshness, but in the evening the face gives you not only freshness, but also great relief from dust, grime and pollutants. Select charcoal-based or active ingredients like vitamin C or retinol-based serums to deeply cleanse your skin of pollutant particles. Never skip this step no matter how tired you are. For healthy skin, this step is essential.
During evening cleansing, the face not only gives you freshness, but also great relief from dust, grime and pollutants.
Photo by Ksenia Novak on Unsplash
Give Your Skin Skin Restorative Night Therapy: The other thing that you need to include in your nighttime skincare routine is a good restorative face serum or cream. Face serums with retinol, vitamin C or ferulic acid are best for repairing polluted skin. These ingredients are rich in antioxidants, which help neutralize free radicals, reduce oxidative stress, and reduce pollutant-induced skin damage.
Face serums with retinol, vitamin C or ferulic acid are best for repairing polluted skin. | Photo by Chris Jarvis on Unsplash
Opt for a detox face mask at home every week: There is an ultimate DIY detox face pack that you will love to apply to your face, especially if you are a chocolate or coffee lover. You will need cocoa powder and ground coffee beans for this pack. These two ingredients contain the best antioxidants for cleansing the face. Take both ingredients in equal amounts and add coconut oil or milk to make a fine paste. Add honey if you want and apply it on your face. Let it dry and rinse your face with normal water. Then apply a moisturizer.
Go for a home detox face mask every week. | Photo by engin akyurt on Unsplash
Hair care tips
Cover your hair with a cloth or hat when you are outside: Whenever you are outside, be sure to cover your hair with a cloth or a hat, as this will prevent the pollutants from coming into direct contact with your hair. In winter, this may be the best option.
Make sure to cover your hair with a cloth or hat, as this will prevent direct contact of pollutants with your hair. | Photo by Aleksandra Sapozhnikova on Unsplash
Remember to apply a good hair serum: If you are unable to cover your hair, you should apply a hair protector serum before going out. It forms a thin covering layer on your hair and protects it from toxic gases and other urban pollutants. The hair serum not only gives the hair shine, but also acts as a protector of the hair and keeps it intact from pollution and heat.
If you are unable to cover your hair, you must apply a hair protector serum before going out- | Maximum pixels
Rinse the hair every two to three days: Make sure to rinse your hair every 2-3 days, especially if you live in a heavily polluted area. It will remove all the dirt and pollutants from your scalp and you will be able to display healthy, wavy and luscious hair.
Make sure to rinse your hair every 2-3 days, especially if you live in a heavily polluted area. | Pexels
Give your hair a keratin spa or keratin mask: Pollutants can also impact hair protein levels. To restore it, you need to go to a home keratin spa using a good hair mask. For this you need 1 tablespoon of almond oil, 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 egg yolk. Mix the ingredients and apply the paste all over the scalp and hair. Keep it on for about an hour and shampoo the hair.
Pollutants can also impact hair protein levels. To restore it, you need to go to a home keratin spa using a good hair mask. | Photo by kyle smith on Unsplash
These tips can protect you from pollution and revive your skin and hair to retain their natural essence. Along with this, you need to add foods rich in antioxidants like citrus fruits, broccoli, spinach, onions, garlic, and turmeric to revive the skin and hair from the inside.
(Article originally published on IANSlie) (IANS / MBI)
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