Smog is a noxious combination of air pollutants made up of nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the atmosphere, a side effect of urbanization and the industrial revolution. While all modern metropolises have some level of smog, conditions are worse in big cities that have large numbers of vehicles and warm, dry climates.
A serious public health issue, high smog levels contribute to all sorts of respiratory distress, irritation of the mucus membranes and depressed immune systems. Particularly harmful for children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with respiratory issues, smog cannot be avoided completely.
2. Avoid congested areas. If you bike or walk frequently in a big city, try to choose routes away from major streams of traffic whenever you can. If that’s not possible, try to avoid rush hour, which increases the immediate levels of smog and particulate matter than you inhale.
3. Stay indoors. Pay attention to the smog reports for your city, and consider staying indoors when the levels are high. If you usually exercise outdoors, plan for an alternative workout routine that you can do indoors on days when the smog is thick. Combining physical exertion with high smog days is always a bad idea.
4. Use the latest anti-pollution skin care products. Growing pollution levels are affecting skin condition adversely. According to one study published in the Clinical Cosmetology Investigative Dermatology journal, the sun’s UV rays are responsible for approximately 80% of visible facial ageing signs, including wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation and loss in skin elasticity. Another study published last year showed how increased air pollution was linked to brown spots on the skin among people in Germany and China.
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5. Invest in an air conditioner. Single-room air conditioning units can cost as little as $150. In addition to cooling things down, they also remove humidity from the air and filter out pollutants. Keep your air conditioning unit as clean as possible, and run it on high smog days so that you can keep your doors and windows closed, providing a physical barrier to the smog.