Have you checked the AQI of your local area lately? If no, here’s something you should know: the average AQI (Air Quality Index) of Indian states and cities is in between 100 – 400 AQI. That’s way past ‘the air is polluted’ level. The air we are breathing is slowly killing us. But hey, you know that already. So, why are we reminding you of the rising pollution which has been there for almost a decade now? Because your health isn’t the only thing it is affecting, your skin is a bigger victim of the surging pollution levels.
You may know this too, but what you may not know is how exactly it is affecting your skin. And today, we are here to change that. In this blog, we will talk about how pollution affects your skin and how you can protect yourself. So, here it goes.
Understanding the damage
Dr Stefanie Williams, an independent dermatologist at European Dermatology in London and spokesperson for Avon says, “The negative impact of environmental factors other than UV light has long been neglected.” As per the estimates of Skin Cancer Foundation, published in a recent study, 90% of premature ageing cases is a result of damage to the skin caused by the environmental pollution, and exposure to (UV) rays.
Our skin is a protective barrier, a shield that protects us by keeping our internal organs safe. But, toxic gases, released in the air daily, combined with UV rays from sunlight, create a highly reactive molecule that causes damage to proteins, collagen and lipids in the skin.
When inhaled, these reactive molecules generate circulating free radicals which increase our inflammatory state, thus activating our immune response, leading to a rapid increase in the signs of ageing.
Knowing the solution
- 3 step skincare system
To protect your skin against the damage-causing pollutants, you need more than your regular sunscreen. Look for sunscreen creams with higher SPF and combine it with the 3-step skincare regime: cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize. The goal is to improve hydration and strengthen the skin barrier to fight external damage and inflammation in skin cells.
- Look for a natural replacement for your skin care creams
With all the pollution and toxic chemicals making your skin older, faster, the last thing you would want for your skin is exposed to more chemicals. Agreed? Even if not, the only way forward is to replace your skincare creams with something more natural. Check out Alyuva Skin Care range and give it a try. The all-natural ingredients, combined with Shata Dhuata Ghrita can help your skin exponentially.
- Be aware of the toxicity of your environment
Last but not least, be aware of the toxicity of your environment and act accordingly. This means, knowing the air isn’t too healthy for your skin… or you, staying inside unless necessary can be a good way to protect your skin. Look for safer alternatives to your daily ‘go out and do it’ chores such as online shopping for vegetables, clothes, groceries, and other items possible.
That’s all. Take care of yourself and stay safe.