Smoke Is Still Affecting Us, Even If You Can’t See It

by | 14 February 2020

The devastating bushfires have caused many parts of Australia’s air quality to be reported as exceeding “hazardous” levels on several occasions.

The biggest health threat from smoke caused by bushfires is the microscopic particles that can penetrate deep into your lungs. These particles are dynamic and complex mixtures of gases, air pollutants, allergens and irritants. They can cause a range of health problems, from burning eyes and a runny nose to aggravated chronic heart and lung diseases. These particles not only penetrate deep into our lungs but sit on the protective barrier of our skin, which may aggravate inflammatory skin conditions and will cause oxidative stress…

We may not be able to see the smoke or smell it anymore, but the effects from the pollutants emitted during the bushfires will, unfortunately, be in the air for months to come. Here are some tips to help combat some nasty skin and health effects from the fires.

As a lot of us spend many hours indoors, purifying your air quality with HEPA air filters is highly recommended. Internally, look at adding antioxidants to your diet or see a naturopath for some nutritional advice and supplements. If you have been a dermaviduals fan for a little while, you probably know we truly believe in the holistic inside-out & outside-in approach to nourishing ourselves and our skins.

We can help you to manage your skin by combatting the effects of free radicals. Antioxidants should be a non-negotiable in your skincare regime. Skincare ingredients such as the following are great antioxidants to help you prevent and combat oxidative stress:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Co-Enzyme Q10
  • Green Tea Extract
  • Grape Seed Extract
  • Laminaria Digitata

Our leave-on vitamin masks (DMS Mask with Vitamins and Vitamin Cream Masks) are perfect to provide your skin with essential antioxidants, whilst strengthening your skin barrier. Packed with skin-loving and protecting ingredients, such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and D-Panthenol, free radicals will be quaking in their boots!

If you haven’t had a skin analysis recently, now is the perfect time to check in with your skin treatment therapist and discuss the environmental impact on your skin. Need help finding your closest clinic? Our Clinic Finder will point you in the right direction.