We’re all feeling the impact of the haze from Sumatra. At PSI 155, the condition has been labelled as “unhealthy”. Besides our health, the vanity-conscious should also take precautions to take special care of our skin during this period.
Air pollution from the haze can have the following effects on our skin:
- Smog and dust can create free radicals (highly charged oxygen molecules) when they come in touch with UV rays. Free radicals attack our cells and damage our DNA, which can cause harm to our body and damage to our skin. Free radicals are the greatest culprit to problems like discolouration, fine lines and dullness.
- The impurities in the air can also cause clogging in our skin, which in turn cause problems like blackheads, pimples, rough texture and dull complexion.
- Toxin in the air can also cause our skin to age prematurely as well as dryness.
We can’t stop the fire in Sumatra nor not head out of our house, but we can take some measures the ensure that our skin suffer minimal damage from the haze. Daily Vanity suggests:
- Come clean! The smog and fog are definitely going to form a layer of dust on your skin, so make sure you cleanse them off. Remember to remove your makeup thoroughly because dust and impurities can mix with makeup and form a great environment for bacteria to breed. After makeup removal, use a great cleanser that preferably come with microbeads so you can exfoliate your skin as well.
- Block it off! A good moisturiser doesn’t just hydrate your skin, but also lock in the goodness from the skincare products you’ve applied, as well as create a barrier between your skin and the environmental aggressors.
- Zap free radicals! Use products that are high in antioxidants because they can help reverse the effects of free radicals. Products that have high level of vitamin C and E are great options.
- Fight it inside out! Don’t forget a good diet of vitamin C to fight free radicals. If you don’t think you’re getting sufficient vitamin C in your diet, take a multivitamin supplement. Drinking lots of water keeps your skin hydrated and cell metabolism optimal.
How do you cope with the haze condition?