Wellness at home: An air purifier can benefit your skin, sleep quality and overall wellbeing

Lockdown for the best part of spring has had many of us noticing changes in our health and wellbeing. From skin flare ups to changes in our sleep patterns and even new allergies, some of these changes can be a result of poor indoor air quality.


Did you know that indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outside? Blueair’s top-performing air purifiers remove harmful particles from indoor air to ensure you are breathing the cleanest air possible. Not only does an air purifier help to improve your overall health, it also promotes deep sleep and protects your skin from damaging air pollutants. Here, Swedish air purifier experts, Blueair, share the difference an air purifier could make for your health and wellbeing.


What you can’t see in the air can affect your health

Indoor air is made up of a concoction of particles including dust, mould, smoke, bacteria, viruses and pet dander. Breathing in this fine dust or PM2.5 (also known as fine particulate matter) can penetrate deep into the lungs and cause respiratory difficulties, heart and lung problems and a host of other diseases, studies show. Even if you have no other underlying health issues, studies show that improved air quality is conducive to better productivity and a general sense of wellbeing. This is something many of us may have noticed a difference in during the nation-wide lockdown and move to working from home in March, April and May.

Blueair’s air purifiers protect us from the harmful pollutants that cause these issues. Thanks to proprietary HepaSilent™ technology, Blueair’s air purifiers remove at least 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.1 microns in size from the air we breathe.


Protect your skin from air pollution

Atmospheric factors such as air pollution have been implicated in premature skin aging – this includes air pollutants such as smog, ozone and particulate matter.[1] Studies also show a correlation between higher levels of PM2.5 with the increased number of people suffering from skin problems such as pigment spots and wrinkles[2], hives[3] and eczema[4].

As air pollution can be up to five times higher indoors than outside, the negative effects of air pollution are intensified in our homes. Blueair’s air purifiers are designed to remove harmful particles and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air. VOCs can be anything from aerosol sprays to fumes from paint. Use an air purifier to remove the particulate matter and VOCs that are harmful to your skin.


Clean air improves quality of sleep

Clean air helps to promote deep sleep, and people who live in areas with higher levels of air pollution are 60% more likely to sleep poorly than those living in areas with cleaner air, according to a YouGov survey looking into global perceptions of air quality, commissioned by Blueair. A 2017 study by The American Thoracic Society also found that people who live in areas with high air pollution are up to 60% more likely to suffer a bad night’s sleep.

Since we spend around a third of our lives sleeping it is important to place an air purifier in the bedroom to ensure we experience the full effects of what an air purifier can offer. Blueair’s 200 and 400 series of Classic air purifiers are whisper-silent and have been approved by Quiet Mark, so will not distract you from a good night’s sleep while they silently remove airborne particles in the bedroom.


Cleaner indoor air gives you a better workout

Some of us work hard to stay fit and healthy. Because our lungs take in more air (and therefore more pollutant) while we exercise, clean air at home (and eventually back at the gym) is essential. Studies show that our physical performance is enhanced when air quality is improved. A third of the people in the UK who were surveyed by YouGov for Blueair also consider clean air an important factor when choosing their gyms.


Monitor the air with the Blueair app and Classic collections

Blueair’s newly launched app allows you to monitor the air quality outside of your home and inside if you have an air purifier. This is a great way for those who suffer from hayfever to keep tabs on the pollen count as well as informing you of when air pollution levels are low or high. You can change the speed of your air purifier, whether you’re at home or at work, and even create schedules that align with own. For example, you can ramp up the air purifier for when you return from a walk round the park when you are likely to be bring more pollen in with you.  Blueair Classic air purifiers with integrated sensors monitor the air inside your home which you can view via the app. Blueair also gives helpful tips to improve the air quality in your home when levels of air pollution are particularly high.

[1] McDaniel D, Farris P, Valacchi G. Atmospheric skin aging-Contributors and inhibitors. J Cosmet Dermatol. 2018;17(2):124‐137. doi:10.1111/jocd.12518