The COVID 19 pandemic has changed life as we know it. From numerous plans to travel and go on adventures, we have been forced to stay at home and only go out for work and essential needs for our own safety.
Although this is not the ideal situation for us, staying indoors and the reduced exposure to dust and dirt is excellent news for our skin. Safe from harmful UV rays and impurities such as smoke, dust and dirt, with very little care, your skin can thrive as you stay home and stay safe.
However, don’t forget to compliment your skin with these easy skincare hacks, to make the most of your skins reduced exposure to impurities.
1. Drink lots of water
We can’t emphasize this enough. Your skin needs to be hydrated to stay healthy. Many of us forget to regulate our water intake, so make a conscious effort to drink as much water as you can while at home.
Keeping an alarm every hour to drink water or drinking off a bottle so you can ensure that you have had at least 1.5 liters of water a day some ways in which you can regulate your daily water intake.
2. Avoid makeup and other applicants
While you are at home and even when you go out for essentials, avoid wearing makeup. Your skin thrives when there are no applicants on, and the WHO guidelines encourage the reduced usage of makeup during the COVID 19 pandemic.
3. Eat right and exercise
Make sure you eat as many vegetables and fruits as you can and avoid or reduce the intake of carbonated drinks and processed food items. It is important to follow a healthy diet and exercise regularly, for healthy and glowing skin.
4. Moisturize daily
The weather has been a little unpredictable these days, with a mix of unbearable heat and rain. The changes in the weather affect your skin, and it’s important to keep your skin moisturized. If your skin is prone to acne or dryness, be sure to use a mild moisturizer with Calamine and witch hazel.
5. Wash your face after cooking
Although dust and impurities from the outside are avoided by staying inside, one of the biggest skin pollutants that affect us are the oils and steam from cooking. Although this is unavoidable, be sure to wash your face with a milk face wash after cooking to clean your skin off any oil/steam particles that may have gotten on your face.
6. Notice your skin’s reaction to your face mask
Wearing a face mask is mandatory when we head out. However, as there are multiple types of face masks out there – the reaction of our skin to different types of masks may vary. Notice how your skin reacts to your masks: some have complained of dryness, and of pimples as a result of wearing a mask all day. The best option for a mask would be a cloth/cotton mask that covers your face well. If your skin is prone to dryness and acne, dab a little bit of Lacto Calamine lotion on the areas with the irritation before you wear the mask.
This is the best time for your skin, with reduced sun exposure and impurities. But be sure to take good care of your skin, so that your skin will be healthy and young in the long run.
Written by Shana