Didn’t you realise that when lockdown commenced, your skin looked healthier and clear thanks to not having to travel daily in the pollution? We definitely noticed our skin change for the better! But now that the world is back in action, it is difficult to ignore the repercussions of the daily commute. Fumes from vehicles, dust, and other impurities are everywhere when you travel; and being exposed to this kind of air pollution means you’re going to face tons of skin concerns.
But we aren’t ready to give up our skin’s integrity just yet. The lockdown period may have given us a headstart in handling our skin better and now it is up to us to maintain that glow and not let travelling dampen our skin’s health. So, if you’re about to move around in the city a lot, consider these skincare tips that will keep pollution out and help you steer clear from skin trouble.
When it’s time to go out and you feel a pimple forming, slap on a pimple patch immediately. Dirt and pollution while travelling will only make the pimple situation worse, so it is recommended to stick on an acne patch right after using a face wash on any preexisting pimples. This ensures that the lesion is protected and heals without irritation.
If you thought moisturiser is meant only to keep your skin hydrated, you’re wrong. Applying a moisturiser will keep your skin safe from pollution as it will ensure your pores have nourishing ingredients. This will also maintain your skin’s pH balance and defenses so that it isn’t easily affected by pollution and impurities.
Sunscreen protects your skin from UV damage while travelling and that is super important. Apply SPF 30 minutes before travelling as this will help prevent skin darkening, dark spots, uneven skin tone, and premature signs of ageing. Opt for a non-sticky sunscreen that offers PA+++ protection for best results.
Even with so many precautions, there are chances that pollution still finds a way to penetrate your skin, especially if you’ve spent long hours outdoors. That’s why it’s best to keep a pack of wet wipes or skincare pads in your bag. Just wipe your face with a Vitamin-enriched wet wipe or use an exfoliating or toning skincare pad to clean your skin on the go and you will save yourself from breakouts.
Just like how you feel thirsty, your skin can get parched after a while too. Therefore, it is important to keep it hydrated when you’re outdoors for long hours. Applying moisturiser outdoors isn’t a great option because you may not have the time to wash and tone your face first. A face mist will have your back and instantly hydrate your skin without any hassle and it will also help get rid of impurities that are trying to enter your skin. Just spritz on a nature-infused face mist and wipe with a tissue if your skin feels congested or don’t wipe and let your skin soak in all that hydration.
A great hack for inflamed, acne prone skin is to apply a layer of Aloe Vera gel before stepping out. Aloe Vera gel will soothe your skin and work like a shield to prevent any contaminants from entering your skin. Its priming abilities will create an invisible protective layer on your skin that will keep pollution out just like how it works to prevent base makeup from clogging your pores.
Follow these essential tips and your skin will thank you for it. Travel guilt-free knowing that your skin won’t be affected by pollution anymore.
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