We all know how damaging could pollutants be to our skin. Penetrating inside the skin pores and leaving marks, contaminants could accelerate ageing, inflammation and pigmentation. One needs to understand that our skin requires a layer of protection to counter the detrimental effects of pollution because the particulate matter, ozone, aerosols and dust particles take a heavy toll on its health.
Key contaminants and effects
There are several reactive oxidants present in the atmosphere which trigger the skin health. Some of the pollutants and toxic particles that irritate the skin are carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, emissions from cars and lead from factories.
Pollutants cause premature ageing, dull complexion, uneven skin tone, pigmentation, unwanted dryness, dilated pores, skin dehydration and blackheads. The dust and pollutant come and sit on the skin which eventually results in the worsening of skin health.
Both sun and pollution leave harmful effects on the skin and they contribute to skin damage equally. The ozone tarnishes the sebum, extracts the essential moisture and even causes inflammation. Whereas, the pollutants hug the skin and block the pores and even penetrates into the skin layers. They become a destructive combination for the skin calling out its protection.
Pollution and Makeup essentials
One should definitely avoid any kind of makeup or stick to minimal makeup as it too promotes premature skin ageing and dark spots. Pollution and makeup together can definitely aggravate the situation thus, one should avoid as much as possible and pick products that have been formulated with natural ingredients. It’s important to remove makeup and properly clean and moisturize the skin twice a day.
To counter the damaging effects of the pollution, suitable and dermatologist-approved sunscreen and moisturizers must be applied generously on the skin as they act as a protective barrier to shield the skin.
Exfoliate the skin once or twice a week. It helps in removing the dead skin cells and also prevents their build up on the skin. It even unclogs the pores and ensures that the skin breathes properly. It’ll be able to remove all the pollutants from the skin and make sure that there are no damaging particles on the skin.
Hydrate the skin- Rejuvenate the skin with a face mist. The pollution and dust particles leave the skin, dehydrated and dull. This necessitates that we must rejuvenate and restore the lost hydration and moisture from the skin with a face mist. The Face Mists revivify the skin immediately, boost the skin health, tones the skin, shrinks pores and evades dullness from the skin.
One must consume foods that are rich in antioxidants and healthy fats. A diet rich in garlic, almonds, eggplant, broccoli, avocado, whole grains, oily fish and eggs help restore the skin’s hydrolipidic film and encourage healthy tissues. Whereas, foods like lemon, beetroot, turmeric, tomato and basil shall substantially reduce the effects of pollution on the skin. And not to forget, one should drink ample amount of water, coconut water, fresh juices and lime water throughout the day to keep the skin hydrates.
Inputs from Experts Dr. Nivedita Dadu, Founder and Chairman,Dr. Nivedita Dadu’s Dermatology Clinic, Rupali Sharma, Skin Expert and Founder, Aegte – Hair and Skin Luxury and Karan Gupta, Beauty Expert and Director, Arama Naturals