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Indoor pollution: protecting your skin

We all know that pollution isn’t good news for our health. The same goes for our skin. Reduced air quality in areas with high levels of pollution, such as cities can have adverse effects on our skin. Pollution contributes significantly to inflammation, dehydration and skin ageing. While many of us are aware of the impact of outdoor pollution, we overlook indoor pollution. 

What is indoor pollution?

Inside our homes, workplaces and communal areas, we’re exposed to dirt, dust, lights and gases which can be equally as damaging to our skin. As we spend less time outdoors, it’s easy to fall into the trap of neglecting out skincare ritual. However, now is not the time to get complacent. 

Instead, it’s time to give our skin the TLC it deserves. So, how we can reduce the effects of indoor pollution on our skin? Read on to find out more.

Combating indoor pollution

Invest in an air purifier 

While they may not come cheap, a decent air purifier is excellent for our skin. They work hard to remove any harmful airborne allergens from the air, including mould, pollen and spores. All of these can trigger skin irritation and flare-ups. When this happens, we can become prone to touching and even scratching our skin, which transfers bacteria, adding to the possibility of breakouts. Plus, if you get a purifier that doubles up as a fan, it’s an excellent investment for the summer months! 

Be consistent with your skincare ritual.

As I mentioned, we’re all guilty of neglecting our skincare rituals from time to time. However, now is a great time to invest some time into nailing our ritual to find what products truly work for us. To combat the effects of pollutants, you should opt for gentle daily cleansing at a minimum. It’s important that you choose a cleanser that won’t strip your skin of its natural barrier. 

When you’re cleansing, do so gently and wash off with warm water before patting your face dry. Never rub! 

Keep your space clean. 

It goes without saying that when it comes to our indoor space, we’re mostly in control. To reduce the effects of dust and dirt, we should ensure we’re regularly cleaning. Remember to check the spots you might forget about – dust and dirt lingering around your space is not good news for your glowing skin! 

Always use SPF. 

Just because you’re not going outside much, you shouldn’t presume that you don’t need SPF protecting. Even for the days that you don’t go outside, UV rays can still cause you harm. Whether sunshine is passing through glass windows or you’re sat in front of a computer screen for hours on end every day, UV radiation can have a negative effect. UVA rays will penetrate your skin, causing ageing and pigments. So, stay protected. 

UVB rays are more prevalent in the sunshine, often responsible for sunburn. We need protection for both UVA and UVB rays. SPF is your best friend. 

Our skin has to battle the elements every single day, regardless of our environment. Rather than hindering your progress, follow these essential tips and secure that summertime glow. If you want more skincare tips, you can follow my Instagram here


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