Not long ago, our country was blanketed by a thick smog caused by forest fires in our neighbouring countries. A potent combination of fires, dry weather and a northwesterly wind saw the smoke drifting over and choking our airspace. It’s not just us here in Malaysia, Singapore is pretty fogged up too.
While the skies cleared up a week or two back, it quickly got hazy again this week. The air quality is so bad, schools are closed. I think it just plays merry hell with everyone’s plans you know, and with schools opening and closing at the whims and fancies of the air pollution conditions, I think it plays merry hell with education as well. But I won’t go there (Or we’ll be here all day!)
Instead, with news reports warning us that this haze (or I should say smog) is expected to stay with us for a couple of months more (yikes!) I thought I’d share some tips on how to protect yourself from the haze or smog.
If you’re wondering what I’m on about when I talk about this “haze”, you might understand better when you watch part of my video below, in my latest MWStv episode, where I show you just how bad things can look 🙂 Yes, my friends, we have video!
I’ve spoken pretty much at length in Episode 5 of MWStv below, to share my tips on how to protect yourself and your skin from the damaging effects of the haze, so you’ll have to watch it to see what I’m on about 😉
But just very briefly, here are some basic things you should be doing to protect yourself, and your skin.
Wear a N95 mask
Surgical masks won’t do, my friends. You need a proper N95 mask, like the one you see in the picture above, which I didn’t wear properly. Both straps should be securely fastened behind your head, to hold the mask against your face. The purpose is to filter out the little particles in the air that can be very unhealthy if breathed in. It’s unglamorous, but your health is more important than looking glamorous!
Stay indoors and use an air purifier
Where possible, stay indoors. I still see so many people living the al fresco life, and I often wonder what they’re thinking. The best place to be is indoors. So, while you might want to visit your favourite open air hawker stall, now’s not the time to do so. If you want to go out, go to malls, and eat in enclosed spaces. Better still, for those at work, pack your own lunch! Now’s the best time to join me in #pbmademepacklunch on Instagram 😀 If you have an air purifier, use it. I bought one last month and it’s very helpful to keep the air feeling cleaner and more comfortable.
Drink lots of fluids and stay hydrated
Water will not only quench your thirst, it will help clear your breathing passages as well. I take plain water, but I’m now upping my fresh coconut water intake. Ok, it’s just my excuse to buy more coconut water! LOL!
Wear long-sleeved clothing or cover up
While an ironic piece of advice, when the weather is so freaking hot, you might find it helps you stay more comfortable. I find that when the air quality deteriorates to the level that you’ll see in the video below, my skin starts to itch. This is true of my exposed skin, so my arms, legs and even scalp will itch. While regular showers help you feel better, covering up with long-sleeved tops and pants, or a cardigan will actually help you feel better. I commiserate with anyone who has sensitive skin at this point, because I can’t imagine how they must feel, if I already feel this way myself!
I’ve got a few more tips in the video on how you can protect your skin in horrible conditions like this, but I’m not going to spoil it for you 😀
I hope you enjoy the video, and please let me know if you found it useful, or if you have any tips to share.
Comments are welcome both here on the blog, and over on YouTube. I explained about what I meant by makeup, or at least base makeup i.e. foundation, bb or cc cream etc being good for your skin in these situations, as I wrote about here. Perhaps I’m right, or perhaps I’m wrong, either way, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Incidentally also, I’m taking my annual break a little early this year. I’ll be back in a little over a week so be good, kids and keep an eye out for some little changes right here at MWS very soon 😉