When following the government guidelines in staying safe at home during this lockdown period, we can still use this time to maintain our skin and give it that extra bit of care.
With this change of routine, added stress, diet and minimal activities can affect how our skin responds often causing spots or breakouts, dryness or other changes. Particularly if you cannot continue with your regularly skin care routine or treatment as a result of the lockdown.
To combat those issues, we have provided some simple tips you can use to practice good skin care by revising your daily routine and utilising what you already have available in your home.
Sun Protection Factor (SPF)
Whether you are out in the garden or taking your daily exercise outside, always ensure you put SPF 50 on your skin. This will reduce the damage to your skin as a result of UVA and UVB rays.
Avoid or Minimise Alcohol
While pubs and restaurants are currently close it is easy to panic-buy bottles of alcohol to enjoy, while at home. Unfortunately, excessive amounts will take its toll triggering breakouts and long-term ageing effects.
With gyms being temporarily closed, people may be exercising less. It is vital to stay active at home, as this has significant effects on your health and skin but also keeping a positive balanced mindset.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep plays such an important factor in skin care. During sleep, the body goes into a regenerative and constructive mode, where it also produces collagen. Even though your work schedule may change if you’re now working from home, you should make sure to get enough rest for the benefit of your skin.
Avoid touching your face
If you’re staying at home, use this as an opportunity to avoid wearing makeup. Allow your skin time to breath but it will also help reduce congestion often caused through make up. Your skin will really appreciate the break. In addition to being make up free you are less likely to touch your face, which as part of the government guidelines helps reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19. Particularly remember this when nipping out to do your food shopping and touching things in the supermarket.
DIY Face Masks
There are plenty of DIY face masks that you can make using materials found in your home and kitchen. You can start with combining a variety of common food ingredients like egg whites, oatmeal, honey, plain Greek yogurt, avocado, lemon, coffee and more to make a variety of different all-natural masks.