Our skin is our body’s first line of defence against all kinds of diseases and infections. Therefore, we must strengthen our defence so that they can defy all odds and protect us from every outside threat. Not every one of us has a skincare routine because we are too busy to make one. But just the way we set a method for every work we do; it is crucial that we set a skincare routine as well.
If our skin develops cracks, it becomes easier for pathogens, germs, and other bacteria to enter our body and tamper with our skin. This can lead to acne, severe pigmentation, dark spots, and different skin-related disorders. However, it isn’t just the diseases or infections that can tamper with our skin. Skin Damage can also be caused by pollution, harsh soaps, using unverified skin products, etc. We can always control this by changing our soap and products and replacing them with the ones that match our skin type (oily/normal/dry).
However, pollution damage can have a long-term effect on our skin if we don’t take the necessary precautions. Otherwise, you’ll end up spending thousands on a skincare specialist and thousands on medicines and other expensive skincare products. Anti-pollution and skincare are the two words we have been hearing a lot since the past few years. And with these two buzzwords, brands have already started to push their line of anti-pollution products. Nearly every brand you know has its range of anti-pollution products.
But you can still protect your skin against pollution damage without even having to buy and branded product. Therefore, let’s take a look at how you can protect your skin against pollution damage.
How To Protect Your Skin Against Pollution Damage?
Before we go ahead, there are some things which we need to understand. Pollution particles are smaller than pores, and they can go right into the deeper layers of our skin. And then they can cause dryness, irritation, inflammation followed by a loss of elasticity and firmness.
When pollution enters your skin, it creates free radicles which are highly unstable molecules that have unpaired electrons. These molecules bounce around in your skin, injuring healthy cells. Now let us move one to how you can protect against these unstable molecules.
- Selecting The Right Anti-Pollution Product
Technically, anti-pollution products should reverse the signs of pollution damage. Therefore, selecting the right anti-pollution product is highly necessary. So before choosing the product, ensure that the product has the following qualities:
- Contain pollutant guard
- Prevent and fix skin damage
- Protect against free-radical damage
- Enhance environmental protection
- Hydrate and brighten
- Protect from UV rays by acting as an extra layer of sunscreen
- Remove Impurities
- Prevent signs of anti-ageing and
- Contain antioxidants
- Set Up A Good Cleansing Routine
It is practically impossible to find a product that has all the qualities mentioned above altogether. Therefore, it is equally necessary for us to do our part and not rely entirely on products. To protect against pollution damage, you must set up a good cleansing routine in the morning, evening, and before going to bed. To ensure you get a thorough cleanse, you must:
- Wash Your Face Clean With Cold Water
- Use A Good and Effective Facewash
- Apply an antioxidant serum
- Sunscreen Before You Go Out 365 days a year
- Use A Hydrating Toner
A hydrating toner should be one of the things you ought to have to reverse the pollution damage. After cleansing your face with a splash of water every morning/evening/night, use a hydrating toner to ensure your skin gets all the essential water required to fight pollution particles and dead skin cells
- Ensure You Get Vitamin C
Vitamin C plays a vital role in the body’s natural collagen synthesis. Simultaneously, it fends of signs of ageing and reduces the appearance of wrinkles in some cases. Vitamin C fights off the dead skin cells and heals damaged skin. At the same time, Vitamin C can also help repair and prevent dry skin. To ensure you get Vitamin C, try including foods such as Broccoli, Cauliflower, Green/Red Peppers, Spinach, Cabbage, Tomatoes, sweet potatoes etc.
A moisturizer is one of the anti-pollution specific product. It is one of the highest levels of protection you can get. To get the best results, you can buy a moisturizer that has ginger oil and dust blocking powder. Moisturizer not only protects your skin against pollution-damage but also evens your skin tone.
- Wash Your Face Frequently
This is one of the most critical steps in your fight against pollution damage. This step proves as a foundation for the entire process of protecting your skin against skin damage. You have to wash your face with cold water at timely intervals not to let the dust settle on your skin for long. Coldwater helps in closing down the pores, which in turn prevents pollutants from entering your skin. Wash your face when you wake up. Then wash your face using a facewash while showering. Wash your face the first thing you get home in the evening. This will help your skin get rid of all the dust, smoke, pollutants, sweat, and every other bacterium that have accumulated on your face during the entire day.
- Increase Your Water Intake
It is very important to increase the water you consume throughout the day. This ensures your skin stays hydrated and prevents it from drying up. At the same time, water reduces your body heat which in turn prevents problems such as acne, dullness, pigmentation, etc. So, if you aren’t drinking enough water, you should definitely add this to your list. On average, it is expected that you consume at least 3-4 litres of water throughout the day. This will help your skin receive all the necessary minerals to give you’re a hydrating and glowing skin all time