Bursting firecrackers is a part and parcel of Diwali celebrations. But dust and pollutants from crackers not only put you at risk of respiratory problems and lung cancers but also cause skin allergy.
In fact, crackers worsen air pollution level by 10 times. While the harmful gases stay in the atmosphere for quite some time, chemicals in crackers like sulphur dioxide and nitrous oxides trigger asthma and other respiratory diseases to flare-up.
Increase in air pollution levels also leads to a number of symptoms, including eye burns, running nose, skin allergy and rashes. Hence, we bring you a few skincare tips to help you enjoy a healthy and allergy-free Diwali:
- Wear loose, full sleeve, cotton clothes to help protect you from catching fire while lighting firecrackers. However, avoid nylon or synthetic fabrics as they can easily catch fire and worsen burn injury.
- Wear protective eye gear to prevent entry of particles into the eye and irritation by fumes.
- Try to cover your face with a cotton cloth while watching or bursting crackers.
- And of course, keep a safe distance from firecrackers.
- Wash your hands and feet thoroughly with water and soap after playing with crackers as they contain materials that may be toxic to your health and skin. Don’t forget to clean your face.
- Pat dry and apply moisturiser on your hands and legs to hydrate the skin and avoid dryness.
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and clear up your skin, giving you a healthy glow.
- Avoid or limit intake of fried foods that promote breakouts and make your skin look dull.