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Pollution not only affects health but the hair and skin too. It can cause uneven skin tone, dryness, dehydration, wrinkles, dark spots, sagging and a deterioration of collagen. Anti-oxidant treatments, regular exfoliation and scrubbing can do the trick in keeping you glowing this winter. While hair experts and dermatologists may be your go-to people, here is a list of tips that can help combat pollution-related issues, compiled from Business Standard.
1. Cleansing, toning and moisturizing
You need to pamper the skin and hair by cleansing, toning and then moisturizing. This will instantly soothe the skin and calm it. Nourishing is required for the hair in order to get rid of the frizz and dryness.
2. Anti-oxidant treatments and spas
These work as hydrating agents for the hair. One way to prevent surface skin damage from free radicals is through antioxidants because they prevent them from potentially causing signs of ageing in the body. An example of a good hydrating spa therapy is the Moroccan Oil Spa which is infused with antioxidant-rich argan oil and vitamin E and helps to repair the damaged hair. It also helps to strengthen and moisturise it from the follicle to the tip.
3. Use an anti-pollution spray
Head to a departmental store and use the product before going out. Apply sunscreen, aloe vera gel and other skin protectors which laminate your skin and form a protective layer. Such remedies lock your skin for six to seven hours and help to control damage from pollution.
Polluted and contaminated water along with shampoo, sprays, setting lotions and regular blow dries damage the hair. These chemical-ridden products form a mineral layer on top of the cuticle, leading to hair dryness. It can also lead to premature graying and balding. Hence, opt for treatments that contain natural oils and moisturising agents like rosemary, amino acids and sea algae which is rich in protein.
4. Regular exfoliation and scrubbing
Applying glow pack is also necessary to keep skin hydrated and rejuvenating. Homemade packs can also be great to fight the toxic pollutants.
5. Oxygen facials and charcoal treatment
Anti-pollution skin care regime is on the rise, with people looking for oxygen facials to deal with rising pollution levels. The facial delivers oxygen to the deepest layers of the skin. Not only do you get the life-restoring powers of oxygen but the facial promotes hydration and delivers essential antioxidants, nutrients and botanicals to your skin.
Sometimes due to pollution, the skin becomes oily, agitated and congested. Charcoal treatment is the perfect solution for congested skin suffering from environmental pollution. Activated charcoal draws bacteria, chemicals, dirt and other micro-particles to the surface of the skin, helping you achieve a flawless complexion. It is also very effective for treating and managing acne.