We know air pollution can be damaging to our health but it’s becoming ever more evident that it’s something we need to be mindful of when it comes to looking after our skin. It’s no wonder with the current haze situation in the country that has risen to worrying limits in recent weeks. But whether you’re a city dweller or not, it’s an issue all of us should pay attention to.
Air pollutants, essentially tiny particles that can work their way into pores and skin, can prematurely age your skin, as well as result in acne and a dull-looking complexion. So there’s ample reason to be defensive in our skin care routine. Here are five ways that may help.
Start By Keeping Skin Clean
Purify your skin with The Body Shop’s 100% vegan, invigoratingly scented Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Clay Wash. Formulated with bamboo charcoal from the Himalayan foothills, kaolin clay and Community Trade tea tree oil from Kenya, it cleanses away dirt and impurities and helps unclog pores. This foaming face wash has a silky-soft clay texture that is gentle enough for all skin types. It leaves skin feeling refreshed, soft and looking mattified without drying it out.
Protect Skin All Day
Use a refreshing cloud-like face mist to improve skin’s defense against the elements. Look for antioxidant ingredients to help combat free-radicals, and enriching vitamins. The Body Shop Skin Defence Multi – protection Face Mist SPF45 PA++ is formulated with a potent mix of red algae extract and Community Trade soya oil from Brazil. What’s even better, you can spray over make–up or wear alone during the day for on-the-go protection. If out and about, top up every two hours for maximum protection.
Repair The Damage
Free-radicals that cause tissue damage like wrinkles and fine lines by hindering collagen production and preventing oxygen from reaching skin cells, are common in polluted environments. Purify pores and brighten drab skin by slathering on a purifying mask such as The Body Shop Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask. It uses with matcha green tea from Kakegawa, Japan, dandelion extract and Community Trade aloe vera from Mexico to deeply purifies, gently exfoliates and liberate your skin from the weekly build-up of pollutants and everyday impurities.
Shield Your Hair Too
Air pollutants can take a major toll not just on your skin but also on your hair. Because hair is often unprotected, it’s easily susceptible to air pollution damage. Soot, dirt and dust can cause scalp irritation, dryness, breakage and even premature baldness. The good news is that you can easily protect your hair and undo the damage. Give Himalaya Herbals Repair & Regenerate Shampoo, enriched with the goodness of Argan Oil a go as it helps to revive damaged hair, making it strong and healthy. Simply massage gently into wet hair and scalp before rinsing thoroughly.
Don’t Forget Your Body
A strong protective skin barrier is better able to resist pollutants, better protecting the surface skin from pollution damage. That’s why it’s important to choose a body moisturiser like Himalaya Herbals Cocoa Butter Intensive Body Lotion that’s specially formulated to defend skin against daily environmental aggressors. Its formulated with a luxurious blend of nourishing and deep penetrating natural ingredients like Cocoa Butter and Wheatgerm Oil that intensely moisturise and smoothen extra dry skin. Apply gently all over the body, with special attention to severely dry areas, slowly massaging it in. Best used after bathing when your skin is most receptive to hydration.