When it comes to our skin care, we never really take a minute to stop and think about how the air quality around is could be playing an integral role in the overall health and outcome of our skin. Perhaps it’s been a while since our air ducts have been cleaned out in our homes. Maybe the air filters need to be changed. Regardless, Vine Vera is here to provide you with some useful, helpful information as to how the air quality you are exposed to can affect your skin’s health – and what you can do about it. See our comprehensive checklist below.
Skin Health, Allergens, and Pollution
Pollution can wreak havoc on our skin’s overall health in a multitude of ways. It can cause acne, depending on the source of pollution, or even hives or skin rashes. Allergens in the air can cause skin irritation, hives, and ongoing skin dilemmas and leave us dealing with their effects for a long time to come. What can be done about this problem, you may be asking? Vine Vera has come up with some answers as to how you can deal with the effects of bad air quality, and what you can do about it:
- Have the air ducts cleaned in your home. There are many reputable companies that, for a nominal fee, will come out to your home and do a clean sweep (or vaccuming of sorts) of the air ducts, ensuring there is no hidden mold or problem areas where dust or other allergens could be accumulating.
- Change the air filters in your home. The professionals who come out to service your air ducts will generally be able to do this for you, or you can purchase and change them out yourself.
- Have an allergy test done at your local allergist to determine if you have any allergies to speak of. This will help you to become more aware of your environment, surroundings, and what you need to do to eliminate those particular allergens from your home.
- If you are suffering with skin irritation such as hives, rashes, or irritation, begin taking an over the counter or prescription allergy medication which will help put a stop in the effects of the air quality on your skin.
- Do an air quality test in your home, and in your office if need be. In doing so, you will be able to determine if the air quality has safe levels, or if anything could be seriously wrong. This should be repeated once per year, and the test kits are fairly inexpensive. Usually, you will need to send the test itself out to the laboratory for testing, and you will be notified of the results via a phone call or mail.
Other Things You Can do To Deter Air Pollutant Damage to Your Skin
- Ensure you cleanse your skin properly if you are exposed to the elements every day, such as public transportation, walking throughout a city, or even carpooling. Cleansing is one of the best ways to rid the pores of the daily pollutants in which you come in contact with, and provides you with fresh, clean skin and pores.
- Exfoliate your skin once per week to encourage new skin cell growth and rid the skin of excess pollution and dry, dead skin.
- Use a good moisturizer on a daily basis to protect the skin and keep it healthy. The moisturizer will help to hydrate the skin, while also providing a protective barrier between you and the pollutants you encounter.
- Drink plenty of water – generally, 8-10 glasses per day.
Vine Vera hopes you will implement these important aspects into your skin care routine, and wants to note these are especially important for women who live in the city and the country. No matter what, pollutants and allergens abound no matter where you live – so we encourage women everywhere to take charge of their skin care, once and for all.