It may seem frivolous to talk about skincare right now, but practising self-care has become more important than ever: it’s calming, familiar, and it’s a reminder to take care of ourselves. As we began to work from home, we’ve reevaluated how we should treat our skin and adjust our skincare routines. Below we’ve listed our top tips on home skincare - because why not turn “bored in the house” into an opportunity to practice more self-love?
Try to stick to your routine
Social distancing has many of us ditching our beauty routines as we settle into a new normal at home. It can be tempting to cut corners with our skincare routines, too, but skin experts say consistency is key. When you stray from products, you’ll notice a dull and dehydrated complexion, as well as a greater chance of breakouts. Our skin is naturally designed to fight infection and environmental stresses, and its ability to do so is affected by its pH level. Changing products and routine throw off its pH - when the skin is too alkaline it becomes dry and sensitive, increasing chances of wrinkles and unwarranted breakouts.
Moisturizing is key
You’ve probably already been dealing with dry hands, especially considering we’re all washing our hands to the nth degree. Over-washing your hands can lead to disruption of the outer skin layer, causing both dryness and irritation. Not only that, but central heating can leave skin dry and parched. Whatever your skin needs, finding the right moisturizer to target areas of concern is the key to protected and healthy-looking skin. A moisturizer creates a protective layer above the skin, acting as a barrier to constant environmental factors such as stress, tiredness and pollution, and reducing the skin's water loss.
For best results, try applying your favourite cream or body butter then covering with gloves and socks for 15-20 minutes every day.
Don’t overdo it
Why’d you have to go and make things so complicated? With so much time on our hands its tempting to experiment with new products and/or treat the skin more often, but it’s possible to overdo it. Too much of a good thing – like over-exfoliating your skin with multiple acids – can result in irritation, redness, dryness, and worsened breakouts. Keep it simple - stick to your routine and, if you do want to change it up, do so by introducing one product at a time.
Listen to your skin
At the end of the day, your skin will tell you what it needs. If you’re noticing your skin is dry, add more moisturizer to your routine. Regularly reflecting upon your skin's needs and identifying changes to your skin and its environment can help you to quickly update your skincare routine with the steps you need to keep your skin feeling healthy.