Skincare Tips During Coronavirus Lockdown
Many of us are now in lockdown for the foreseeable future. It’s currently set at somewhere between 2 and 4 weeks but we are yet to understand the full extent of the virus. Since we’re in lockdown we’re now doing our best to stay occupied. One area of focus is our skin. Sales are up for skincare brands and so we have some quick tips to help you on your way.
This goes without saying but it’s vital to moisturize daily. This advice would still stand outside of a lockdown but now it’s more important than ever. We’ve already outlined why we moisturize so let’s focus on why it’s important during a lockdown.
Firstly, we’re now washing our hands a lot more, this can dry out the skin so its important to keep the moisture on to prevent cracking and dryness of the hands. Since we’re indoors, the air is more likely to be dry so this means moisturizing your face and body more often too. You can negate some of this stale air by keeping a window open or using an air purifier. Either way, get moisturizing!
Wash Your Face
Since we’re now indoors, its true we’re not being exposed to outdoor elements such as pollution, wind, rain etc. Its also likely you’re wearing less make-up if you’re someone who usually wears it daily! This, unfortunately, is no excuse not to wash your face. Not only do we recommend washing your face more frequently but also exfoliating at least once a week to prevent a build up in oil, debris, bacteria and dead skin. When these oils build up you’re more likely to see an acne breakout.
Take It Easy When Showering
When bored, we might opt for a shower just as something to do. This is obviously fine, just try not to take too many hot showers. This will dry out your skin which is the last thing we want when on lockdown! When you take a long hot shower, full of soaps this can take away from the skins natural layer of oil. A shorter and colder/tepid shower will be much easier on your skin. Look for products that contain natural ingredients such as shea butter and sunflower seed oil too. This will reduce skin dryness.
Maintain A Healthy Diet
We know this is easier said than done at a time like this. The lockdown is a great excuse to eat poorly and do very little exercise. Unfortunately this will be to the detriment of our skin. Try to avoid the foods we outline here, such as sugary snacks and processed foods. There are also many foods that will help your skin too so try to add them to your diet where possible.
Try To Relax
This lockdown can be stressful for many reasons. Not only is the Coronavirus a risk to our general health but being stuck inside is not great for our mental health either. Do your best to relax and try not to stress too much (easier said than done we know). Stress can cause a build up of cortisol and this is not good for our skin. Read a book, lie down, and try to follow some of the steps we’ve outlined above without overthinking.
Get Checked Online
We reiterate this point often but during a lockdown it couldn’t be more important. We have board-certified dermatologists as well as Artificial intelligence that is capable of checking any skin issues you might have instantly. We recommend you use these services to lessen the load on our health services and avoid coming into contact or even spreading the Coronavirus. Stay safe out there!
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