TIME ON YOUR HANDS? - 7 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR SKIN (DURING AND AFTER QUARANTINE)March 22nd 2020 at 4:56pm
The Coronavirus pandemic has drastically changed most of our normal everyday routines.
Whether we've been compelled to work from home or practice methods of social distancing, we have been given the gift of extra time.
This time can be spent in many ways, including reconnecting with family and friends (virtually), organizing a space, enjoying a hobby and learning new skills. It's the perfect time to start taking better care of ourselves as well.
Self care activities can be key in helping us manage the worry and uncertainty during this unprecedented situation.
We often lament never having enough hours in our days to care for our skin or follow a skincare routine. During this epidemic however, you have an opportunity to establish beneficial skin care routines which can be continued long after your self imposed quarantine is over.
GET MORE SLEEP
"Beauty rest" is not just something people say. During sleep, the body repairs itself, skin's blood flow increases and it rebuilds it's collagen. It even repairs the day's sun exposure damage. Research says that one night of poor sleep can cause dark under eye circles, hanging eyelids, even fine lines and wrinkles. So if you're not accustomed to getting a full night's rest now is the time to start putting it into practice.
Exercise strengthens skin's ability to fight against premature aging and other damages. According to studies done by American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), exercise can improve circulation which may result in younger looking skin. Stress can take a toll on the body, even causing dull skin and breakouts. Not only can exercising reduce stress levels but it can also put you in a better mood. Short on gym equipment, no problem, these workouts are beginner friendly and "quarantine approved".
SIP GREEN TEA
Green Tea has a many surprising benefits. It is high in antioxidants which boosts collagen levels and ultimately helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. If you're prone getting to red and flaky patches on your skin, this could be caused by inflammation and the overproduction of skin cells. Green tea can help by slowing the production of skin cells and suppressing inflammation.
LIMIT DAIRY INTAKE
Can't find any dairy while quarantine shopping? Don't fret, it may be causing of some of your skin issues anyway. Research shows that skin conditions like acne can be made worse by consuming certain dairy products. Even if you don't have acne, reducing dairy in your diet can also improve your skin's overall tone and texture. On your next grocery run, instead of skimmed milk, try a non-dairy option and maybe grab a few of these scientifically proven skin clearing foods while you're at it.
WASH YOUR PILLOWS
If you really knew how germy your pillows were, you'd want to wash them everyday. Your pillows are home to dead skin cells (and the dust mites that feed off of them), oil from our hair and skin, as well as dust and other allergens. Unclean pillows can contribute to clogged pores, itchy, red skin and breakouts. It is recommended that pillows should be washed at least twice in a year and pillows cases switched out or washed 2-3 times per week.
SANITIZE YOUR PHONE
Cleaning your cell phone should be a daily practice. If you have no choice but to be out during this pandemic then it should be sanitized several times during the day. It's been said the cell phones carry 10 times more bacteria than most toilet seats, gross right? It stands to reason that with this much grime coming into contact with our face, it could easily cause breakouts, Contact Dermatitis and other skin issues. Depending on how much it's used cell phones should be cleaned 1-2 times per day. You can even splurge on this UV Smart Phone Sanitizer or this one.
BUILD A SKINCARE ROUTINE
A regular skincare regimen is essential for most of us to achieve great skin. Yet it is regarded as confusing or too time consuming for some. The key to building a good routine is learning about your skin and paying attention to it's needs. Now that you have the time, you can formulate a plan to establish your routine, to do this you must first know your specific skin type. Next you should identify your skin concerns or conditions, such as sensitivity, aging or dehydrated. Armed with this information you can now research these types and conditions to determine how to care for your skin as well as what products work best for it.
Do you need help building your skincare routine? Reach out to us via our social media channels or Whatsapp (3097784) for a free consultation and recommendations.
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