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Curcumin Can Help In Pollution Hazards Related Skin Damage


The plight of pollution

The rising pollution levels in the air are becoming a global matter of concern. Apart from smoke, pollution in the urban and sub urban areas also contains dirt, dust, soot, acid, and other tiny, nanoparticles which increase the amount of toxins in the air. It has several adverse effects on our health, and it can lead to a variety of chronic health conditions and inflammatory diseases, including cancer.

How pollution affects the skin

However, the toxicity in the air is not only making the air unhealthy to breathe, but also exposing your skin, the biggest human organ, to a host of problems. Here’s how.

  • When the highly reactive pollutants present in the polluted air come in contact with skin, these penetrate deep within and break down the lipids and collagens present on the epidermis. This wreaks a major havoc and causes skin to wither.
  • Besides, an extended or excessive exposure to pollution can also generate free radicals in our skin, which leads to an increased oxidation and cause significant damage to the skin. This could eventually lead to premature ageing of skin, wrinkles, dark spots and even skin cancer in certain cases.
  • Regular contact with polluted air also causes inflammation and dehydration. While the former usually leads up to acne, dehydration can draw out moisture from our skin moisture and make it look dull and lack lustre.
  • Irritation, rashes and breakouts are also common among those who dwell in substantially polluted areas.

Simple remedies that keep skin safe

  • Indulging in cleansing and detoxification routine helps get rid of the dirt, sweat and sticky particles such as soot.
  • Drinking plenty of water all through the day retains the moisture in the skin and keeps it naturally healthy and glowing.
  • Make sure to use an effective sunscreen. The idea is to not only to protect the skin from the damaging effects of the sun’s UV rays, but also create a barrier between your skin and the pollutants floating in the air all around you.
  • Including plenty of antioxidants in your diet prevents free radical activity, thus averting or delaying the damage being done by pollution. These free radicals can otherwise make your skin appear dry, old and sagging. Antioxidant rich fruits such as berries, citrus fruits, leafy greens, etc. not only free you from the free radicals, but also provide skin with the nourishment it needs to remain healthy and supple.

Turmeric for a pollution proof health

Turmeric is a bright yellow herb that has been celebrated by Ayurveda for centuries altogether. It contains some incredible culinary as well as curative properties which make it an indispensable part of our households.

The presence of a compound called curcumin makes turmeric aptly known as the golden spice.

Besides being high on taste and wellness quotient, turmeric is also especially good for your skin. It features as a prominent ingredient in a wide variety of beauty products, and people often apply a thick paste of turmeric on the skin in order to reap its skin brightening benefits. However, what beats the beauty aspect is the fact that it is excellent for maintaining the health of your skin.

Protect skin against pollution with turmeric

As mentioned, pollution can cause significant damage to your skin. Apart from following some simple suggestions as have been mentioned above, you need something that prevents and cures the havoc wreaked by pollution on your skin. In comes the good old turmeric.

Some promising, pro-skin properties of turmeric

Antioxidant profile - turmeric happens to be one of the richest sources of antioxidants on planet earth.

Anti-inflammatory agent - turmeric contains some potent anti-inflammatory properties.

Turmeric face mask -

Add a pinch of ground turmeric to a tablespoon of raw honey. Make a thick paste, you may also add some lemon juice to the mixture. Apply this face pack and keep it on, before washing it off with warm water.

Turmeric Night Serum -

Mix about 10 drops of turmeric essential oil with 4 tablespoon aloe vera gel, and add 1 tsp argan oil to this. Apply this mixture to your face before you hit the bed. Wash it off with fresh water first thing in the morning.

Turmeric Milk -

Having a glass of hot milk with a pinch of turmeric also helps with a host of health conditions, including skin fortification.

Turmeric Tea -

You can also make a nice hot cup of turmeric tea by adding a tsp of turmeric to 4 cups of water. Bring it to a boil, and then let it simmer for a few minutes before it is ready for consumption. You can add lemon and honey to enhance the taste.

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Sunova Curcumin-500

Sunova Curcumin-500 which is believed to help fights diseases naturally, is a combination of standardized Curcumin extract 95% and piperine extract 95%. Curcumin is an extraordinary phyto-constituent derived from the plant Curcuma longa. It is said to be one of the most powerful antioxidant with an Oxygen Radical absorbance Capacity (ORAC) approx 1500000/100g. The recommended dosage is 1 capsule twice in a day and this product is regarded effective in the pollution driven damage.

Dr. Sonica Krishan Author and Speaker
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