Simple ways to protect your skin from pollution

Even if you live in the highest altitude of the Himalayas, you are likely to encounter some sort of pollution every day, thanks to the wide hole in the ozone layer. The air, particularly in highly populated cities and towns, is filled with all sorts of pollutants we can think of. These pollutants have already encroached on our lifestyle, and have not spared our skin either. This article explores some of the most common but typically overlooked aspects of pollution that affects our skin.

However, it’s important to know how these pollutants cause so much of discomfort and undesirable changes in our appearance and well being. Our body naturally produces some free radicals as a result of body’s defense mechanism against intruders.  But, pollution has increased the population of intruders within our body and eventually the levels of free radicals as well. Pollutants are free radicals by themselves, these have inhabited the air we breathe in, the food we eat and the water we drink.

Free radicals, as the name suggests, readily pair with any molecule, undergo unwanted chemical reactions producing toxins, that damage human cells leading to premature aging, grey hair, allergies and some diseases. These toxins come into contact with your skin and reduce the skin’s ability to regulate moisture, leaving the skin dry, splotchy, wrinkled, and clogged.

Imagine the dirty film that builds up on your car between washes. That same film is building upon the skin—it’s just that we don’t see it.

Mentioned below are few handy recommendations which can equip us better against the impacts of pollution:

Following a cleansing routine – greatly reduces the contact time of the pollutants with the skin. Wash your face two to three times a day with a suitable cleanser. While you cleanse, make circular movements, this helps the purifying process. Homemade Bengal-gram flour can be the best cleanser; it keeps your skin smooth and young.

Aloe vera – must be your choice when you are searching for a natural moisturizer and skin brightener. Apply aloe vera gel all over the skin and wash it off after ten to fifteen minutes.

Vitamin C is the prime antidote against free radicals. Include fruits rich in vitamin C like yellow ripened guava and amla in your diet to keep up your immunity levels.

Garlic is one of the best detoxifiers. Two to three cloves of garlic along with water or warm milk at night completely take care of day-to-day internal system cleansing and make you glow from within.

Turmeric never fails to prove itself. Either application of turmeric powder along with milk as a pack, or consuming a spoon of turmeric powder along with a glass of warm milk, is greatly beneficial for skin health. Turmeric kills infections, allergies and clears dead cells due to skin damage. Turmeric helps to get glowing and healthy skin in a natural way.

Nothing can be more effective than a good internal cleansing that flushes out toxins and free radicals from your body. Castor oil can help you in this. Consume two to three spoons of castor oil in the empty stomach once in fifteen days, followed by a glass of warm water. This flushes of the dirt and germs accumulated in your body, especially from the digestive system. This clears the channels in the body through which nutrients travel. Ultimately, this reflects on your skin, making it healthy and vibrant.