Air pollution in Delhi has increased 4o time the safe level of 10 micrograms per cubic meter set by the World Health Organization. The pollution has resulted in the thick toxic smog that descended the capital of the country. An increase in the number of cardiac and respiratory problems has been observed. The pollution is not only causing respiratory problems but is also damaging your skin. It affects the supply of oxygen to your skin and can make it look dull. Your skin has its own mechanism to fight the pollution but you need to strengthen it. Here as some tips to protect your skin against the air pollution and keep it healthy. (ALSO READ 9 Tips to Protect Yourself from Toxic Air and Stay Healthy).
Cleanse your skin
It is important to clean your face as the increased level of acid in the air can make your skin dry and prone to damage. Free radicals in the air can penetrate the dry skin. So, clean your face with a face wash that doesn’t leave your skin dry. You can use coconut oil or baby oil to clean your face. Take a cotton ball, dip it in oil and use it to clean your face. Then, wash your face with cold water. Oil cleansing will pull out stubborn pollutants and bacteria present deep in pores.
You need to close the pores of your and to do that you need a toner. Use a toner after cleansing to close the open pores. It will help in removing the residual dirt and oil from the skin.
Scrub your skin
Use a mild scrub on your skin after using a toner. It will help in removing the dirt and dead skin. It will also remove white and blackheads. It is important to use a mild scrub as exfoliation can cause skin abrasions. It is recommended to do mild scrubbing twice a day for smooth, clean skin. (ALSO READ Health benefits of papaya: 10 amazing health benefits of eating papaya).
Use a sunscreen
Do not step out of the house with a sunscreen. Make sure you are using a sunscreen whenever you are going out. This will protect your skin against sun and pollution.
Use face packs and facial oils
Provide nutrition to your skin by using a face mask. You can apply turmeric or papaya face packs, which are high in antioxidants and vitamins. Using facial oil will keep your skin moisturized. Facial oils act a barrier and keep the pollutants out. A good facial oil will not only moisturize your skin but will also protect you against the pollution.
Keep yourself hydrated
You must have heard so many times that you need to drink water if you want clear skin. It is true, keep yourself hydrated. You can also make a hydrating drink by adding few slices of apple and watermelon to your bottle of water. This will nourish your skin. You can also drink detox water. Here is a list of detox water you can make at home.
Eat antioxidant rich foods
Eat foods that are rich in anti-oxidants. This will help your body fight against free radicals. You can eat spinach, broccoli and tomatoes every day to keep your skin healthy.
These tips will help you to fight the damage to your skin caused by air pollution.