Consider The Air You Breath
THERE’S A REASON YOU’RE TOLD TO GET SOME FRESH AIR WHEN YOU NEED TO CLEAR YOUR HEAD
It’s scary to consider that 91 percent of the world’s population lives in places where air quality doesn’t meet the standards of the World Health Organization. In 2016, air pollution was the believed cause of an estimated 4.2 million deaths. “What happens is that microscopic pollutants in the air can slip past our body’s defences, penetrating deep into our respiratory and circulatory systems,” says Lisa Guy, naturopath and founder of Sydney clinic Art Of Healing.
While WHO’s online pollution meter indicates Australia is one of the lucky countries (mind you, this was before smoke engulfed the east coast), our focus on keeping the air clean is still set to rise. Here’s what you can do: plug in an air purifier, such as the Dyson Pure, which has sensors to detect airborne particles and gases, and reports on them in real-time before removing them from the air.
And add to your urban jungle with indoor plants that NASA has identified as effective at reducing indoor pollution. Among the best are peace lilies, snake plants and bamboo palms.
Finally, look to all-natural Aussie beauty brand Sensori+, which has formulated a range of air-detoxifying mists with a plant-extracted compound that neutralises hundreds of airborne toxins and eliminates odour molecules rather than simply masking them (aka adding another layer to the air). “Our scientific team has been digging into what actually pollutes the air we breathe indoors,” says co-founder Marc Wang. “And what we found is that while it is pollution from outside, it is also everyday products like nail polish, hairspray or house paint.” So while you needn’t stress, you may want to spritz.
THE ANTI-POLLUTION BEAUTY EDIT
To be clear, anti-pollution skincare is really just any formula with ingredients that help counteract the irritation and clogging that can occur when our skin comes into contact with pollution. The good news is that if you already have ingredients like vitamin C and niacinamide (a form of vitamin B3) in your skincare regimen, you’re sorted.