8 Ways to Protect Your Eyes, Hair & Skin from Sand Storm Effects in Dubai

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When I woke up on Thursday morning, my apartment was dark and I couldn’t see anything when I pulled aside my blinds. For a split second, my groggy mind thought the apocalypse had happened while l slept. I quickly got on the Gulf News website and discovered it was another sandstorm, the second serious one to hit UAE this year.

It was so bad on Thursday; you couldn’t see more than 10 feet at most in front of you while driving. Maybe some people with supersonic vision could but I definitely couldn’t. This was my first time seeing such a volatile sand storm since I moved to the Middle East. So much dust also has several negative effects on the eyes, hair and skin among which are:

  • The dust sweeping over your hair can cause tangling, dry and frizzy hair.
  • Irritation of the eyes, nose and throat. Throat irritation especially could also be problematic if you have respiratory issues such as asthma, allergies etc.
  • Drying out your skin especially your face.

Unfortunately, you can’t always predict when there will be a sand storm unless you check the weather report consistently. Even then, it’s not always 100% accurate. Next time, a sand storm lands and you have no choice but to go to work or a prior appointment, here are 8 tips to practice to protect your hair, skin and eyes on the way:

  1. Do not overload your hair with products. It will attract the dust and make things worse. Minimal works best.
  2. Wear your hair in a bun with the ends tucked in.
  3. Cover your hair with a scarf or wear a cap if you can.
  4. Stay hydrated by drinking loads of water and tea if you like. Stay away from frizzy drinks.
  5. Wear an adequate moisturizer to protect your skin from the elements.
  6. Wear a mask while walking outside. You can get this in most pharmacies.
  7. Wear goggles. If you’re concerned about looking a little crazy in goggles, wear sunglasses instead.
  8. If you have respiratory issues, it helps to have a purifier in your home and the office. Purifiers trap potential contaminants and purify the air up to 90%.

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The best solution of course is to stay indoors throughout the storm if you can get away with it.

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