The festival of lights brings with itself a ton of celebrations and joy, and as much as we hate to acknowledge it, air pollution. For younger children, older adults as well as asthma patients, the colder weather, fireworks and pollution caused by the unnecessary burning of crackers and stubble can lead to sudden respiratory issues and asthma attacks. For others, the pollution can take a toll on your skin, hair and overall health.In fact, the air quality index of Delhi had worsened just a few days ahead of Diwali and the Central pollution control board data had shown that several areas in the capital had turned poor or severe. If you are looking for some tips to counter the effects of pollution this festive season, read this:Consider getting an air cleaning systemOpening windows may seem like a great idea to facilitate ventilation but if the air outside is already smoggy and polluted, dont try to do this. Instead, consider installing a portable air cleaning system that has high efficiency particulate arresting air filters. If you have pets at home, do keep an eye out for any symptoms of respiratory issues in them as well.Opt for a face maskWearing an N95 or N99 face mask can really help to avoid inhaling pollutants versus wearing surgical or cloth masks. With air pollution being rampant, it is important to have some sort of a shield that prevents tiny but harmful particles from making their way into your body.Plants are always a good ideaNot only do they add a pop of colour to your home but certain plants can also help improve the quality of air you breathe. According to a study by NASA, potted plants absorb harmful pollutants and the microorganisms that live in the soil aid in neutralising volatile organic compounds (VOCs are gases that emit from certain substances like aerosol sprays and household cleaners). Invest in green plants like mother in laws tongue and money plants to improve general indoor air quality.Double cleanse skinMake sure you double cleanse your skin at night with an oil followed by a foaming cleanser to really get the dirt, grime and pollutant particles out of your pores. This will help prevent clogging and breakouts.Keep an emergency kit with youIf you already suffer from asthma or other respiratory conditions, keep your inhaler or nebulizer handy so that you can take them if the need arises.If you or anyone in the family is experiencing respiratory distress of any sort, contact emergency medical services without delay. You can also contact Her Circles health experts for further recommendations by going to the Help section now.