It’s no secret that Egypt is a polluted country, we’re talking air, noise, water or light pollution, we have it all. But, we fear that very few people know that our country is currently ranked as the 6th most polluted country in the world. That means that out of 195 countries worldwide, only 5 other countries have more polluted living conditions than us. This explains why if you travel to a lesser polluted country your skin, your hair and your whole health feels a lot different because Pollution leads to collagen destruction. Since collagen is what’s responsible for your skin’s elasticity, when you lose it, your age is losing it’s youthful look. That means a highly polluted environment can lead to early aging signs.
This means that if we want to take care of ourselves in these horribly polluted conditions we need to amp up daily care in order to protect our bodies and our skin. Here are 7 ways you can do just that and protect your self from the pollution.
Use a Filter on All Your Water Taps
We all know 9 times out of 10 you can’t safely drink the tap water in Egypt. This means people either resort to having a water dispenser in their homes or using a filter on their tap water. However, a mistake almost everyone makes is not filtering the rest of their home’s water. You absolutely have to make sure the water you use to wash your face and body is also filtered to make sure that the highly chlorinated tap water we have doesn’t harm your face and hair.
Check Daily Air Pollution Forecasts
Even though we live in the 6th most polluted country in the world, there are days that are more polluted than others. Thanks to technology, you can actually use certain weather apps, like Plume, to see the levels of pollution each day. It’s quite easy for you to use, you just check it every day before you go out and it tells you how high the pollution levels are that day. According to these levels, it suggests whether it safe for you to go outside or not. That means it could be better for you to choose an indoor setting while out with friends on days where pollution is at a high.
Protect Your Skin from the Weather Pollution with Vichy Mineral 89
In a perfect world, you would be able to check the pollution levels and if they were high you could just decide to stay at home, again that’s in a perfect world. Most cases we have to go outside when our skin would rather we stayed inside. So, during those days (and every other day quite honestly) we have to make sure our skin has the maximum amount of protection from our surrounding environment.
You can do that by just adding one product to your face, Vichy Mineral 89. Pollution makes our skin defenseless, it can’t fight against any external aggressions. Because Vichy Mineral 89 contains a very high concentration (89%) of Vichy Thermal Water; that is rich with 15 minerals. This great formula gives the skin instant deep hydrating power and the anti-oxidants it contains which help the face fight against internal and external aggressions
Applying this to your face and neck as the first step of your skincare routine will protect your face from any exterior pollution it may come in contact with. This is an incredibly effective, high tolerance product that is perfect even for sensitive skin. Because of the way it’s formulated it hydrates your skin so well it ensures it can fight off daily aggressions like pollution, UV damage, and even fatigue.
Since your skin tries its best to protect you from outside pollution, it ends up with layers of dead skin. That’s why you need to exfoliate your skin at least once a week to ensure that your skin isn’t clogged by dead skin cells for optimal absorption of the ensure protective products you use on it, aka Vichy Mineral 89. It’s pointless to keep applying products on unexfoliated skin as the barrier of dead skin cells will prevent your skin from fully absorbing the product.
Eat Your Anti-Oxidants
A polluted environment can lead to oxidative stress caused by free radicals that can harm tissues in our bodies, and that is one of the main reason we end up getting sick. You can’t avoid free radicals living in a country like ours but the best way to fight free radicals is to ensure you have a diet that’s rich in anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants are the soldiers that fight oxidative stress in your body. Even though Vichy Mineral 89 already is loaded with anti-oxidants, you still can boost your skin’s defense system by eating your anti-oxidants. Foods that are considered anti-oxidant powerhouses include:
- Goji Berries
- Red Cabbage
Choose to Go out in Tree-Filled Areas
When going out, try to make most of your outings in green areas of Egypt that are preferably filled with trees. Trees are truly the Earth’s “vacuum”. They need Carbon Dioxide to live and photosynthesize their “food” and release clean oxygen into the air. They clean up and purify the air. So it’s safe to say the air you’ll breathe in a tree filled street is much cleaner than the air that harms your lungs in a building ridden street.
Have a No Smoking Rule in Your Home
We can’t emphasize enough how important this rule is. Because you could actually be reading this article from the safety of a country that is not the 6th on the pollution scale and yet have a highly unsafe and polluted home, just because you don’t enforce this rule. Smoke sticks to the walls, the furniture, your clothes and pretty much everything else in it comes in contact with.
So even if you frequently clean your home you won’t be able to get rid of the effect the smoke has on your furniture. These tiny particulars might be undetectable to your nose but they’re not to your body. You’ll be inhaling the same polluted air hours, days or even weeks after someone smoked inside the walls of your house. So, please make sure the place your body goes to rest is not filled with toxic substances stuck in every inch and cranny.
Now you know the sad truth of how unsafe your skin is living in Egypt, you don’t need to do all of these just to get maximum protection. Just adopting one or two in your lifestyle will greatly change how your skin is exposed to pollution. However, if you have to take just one precaution, our biggest recommendation would be to protect your skin with Vichy Mineral 89, applying it on your skin is like adding a screen to your phone, completely shielding it from outside harm.