Many of us are eating home-cooked meals, coming into contact with less air pollution and wearing little make-up or none at all. Still, there seems to have been an effect on our skin and this doesn’t seem fair.
Has your skin been suffering since you have been staying safe at home? If so it could be due to a number of things. We are all experiencing higher levels of stress, which means more cortisol is produced. Cortisol results in increased oil production, which then leads to more breakouts.
Stress can also make existing skin conditions worse or cause them to flare up. Increased stress can aggravate rosacea, eczema and psoriasis. Alternatively it can cause skin conditions to appear, for instance a lot of the nurses and doctors are struggling with dermatitis on their hands and face due to increased hand washing and PPE.
A change in diet, changes in sleep as well as a lack of fresh air can affect your skin too. It’s not surprising that more of us are experiencing these disruptions and it is having an impact on our skin.
1. Don’t over complicate your skincare routine
With more free time many of us have been overcomplicating our skincare routines and experimenting with new products. However, overloading your skin with products can lead to it feeling irritated and sore. Try stripping your skincare routine back and keeping up with the essentials, such as moisturiser!
Moisturising is key! Dehydrated skin can make it feel tight and sore and lead to fine lines. Make sure that you moisturise daily, you may want a moisturiser for sensitive skin as these are much more gentle. Moisturise every day even if you have oily skin, you may want to try one that is lighter or use a smaller amount.
3. Do things that make you feel relaxed
This can be reading a book, baking or taking a bath. Even facetiming friends and family to have a catch up or take part in a quiz! Doing something you enjoy daily can help take your mind off everything that is going on.
4. Daily exercise
Exercise is beneficial to your skin, body and mind. We are allowed one form of exercise a day, so even going for a walk can be a great change of scene and allow your skin to get some fresh air.
5. Wash pillow cases
Bacteria, oil and residual make-up on your pillowcases can cause an increase in breakouts – so it’s important to change them often! It’s recommended to change them at least weekly to avoid increased breakouts or flare ups.
Let us know which you have been trying! #JoinTheTribe
A fellow triber