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.