AIR CARE

Best Health - - WELLNESS NEWS -

Think your com­mute is the big­gest cul­prit for dirty air? It might ac­tu­ally be your sig­na­ture scent. A 2018 study by the Univer­sity of Colorado at Boul­der found that per­sonal-care prod­ucts, like per­fumes and hair­spray, now ri­val car emis­sions as top air pol­lu­tants. The study de­ter­mined that peo­ple leave plumes of chem­i­cals be­hind them, thanks to in­gre­di­ents like silox­ane, a VOC used in many prod­ucts. Re­duce your ex­po­sure with these tips.

. CHECK AIR QUAL­ITY. Book­mark weather.gc.ca for airqual­ity in­dexes and avoid spend­ing time out­doors when con­di­tions are poor.

. CLEAN YOUR ROU­TINE. Avoid per­sonal-care prod­ucts with cos­metic chem­i­cals listed in David Suzuki’s “The Dirty Dozen,” and make your own clean­ing prod­ucts from or­ganic in­gre­di­ents in your pantry.

. FIL­TER IN­DOOR AIR. Pol­lu­tants are more con­cen­trated in­doors, so fil­ter­ing is key. The Dyson Pure Cool HEPA Air Pu­ri­fier and Fan ($550 to $650) catches over 99 per­cent of in­door par­ti­cles and gases in its fil­ter, then sends out pu­ri­fied air for eas­ier breath­ing.

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