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Pollution and your skin by Rumbi Serima-Fowler

Environmental pollution

Air pollution and the skin – yes, it is true that the air around us can have an adverse effect not only our skin, our entire systems. It is therefore important and essential to have a ‘pamper day’. A time to rejuvenate and replenish your skin whilst providing it with nourishment to combat again damage.

Recently I experienced the effects of environmental pollution first hand. I travelled to London from the South of England where I live on a day trip. I arrived at Victoria station just after 08.00 and the air smelt fresh and clean. After an eventful day I was ready to leave London… it was already 21:00 hrs. The first thing I noticed as got into the underground station was the smell. There air was thick and acidic…. almost acrid. I imagined how it would feel passing through this ‘smog’ if I had to commute daily under these conditions and wondered if my asthma could take it.

According to the State of Global Air 2017 report Over 90% of the world’s population lived in areas with unhealthy air in 2015. The unfortunate thing is that we are not in control of environmental pollution.

Ways to ‘recover” from effects of air pollution
  • Detoxifying regularly is key.
  • Daily rituals like ‘clean’ skincare regime and adequate hydration to flush out toxins from your body, play a very important role.
  • Organic and natural food grade ingredients work well for the skin.
  • Plain filtered water, fruit and herbal teas, or infused water will help increase intake and benefit the body as a whole.
  • Clearing the air in homes with herbs has always been done in Ayurvedic practices.
  • Essential oils work too. Please consultant a naturopathy, doctor or consultant who can advise what oils are best.
  • It is important to know where and how your food is grown. You can reduce the toxins you ingest by avoiding junk food and limiting your consumption to organically grown, non GMO food. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

In future articles I will be expanding on the prescriptive solutions and much more.

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