The pandemic changed the way people thought about their skin. With changes in various skincare trends and increase in importance of skincare, here are some tips to make sure your skin looks fabulous.
A) Wear sunscreen even if indoors:
There are three main reasons why you should wear SPF indoors, all involving what you’re exposed to:
Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays: UVA light causes premature skin aging by breaking down collagen and elastic tissue, contributing to the formation of skin cancers.
Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays: B light causes damage to the skin’s DNA, creating the inflammatory response that leads to red sunburns
Blue light from smart devices, computers and TVs: Blue Light increases the production of melanin or pigmentation in the skin, which could lead to melasma and age spots. It can also create free radicals, which might cause inflammation and lead to the breakdown of collagen and elastic tissue in the skin.
So, while it can feel pointless to put on sunscreen for days spent indoors, using a broad spectrum sunscreen helps protect the skin from the harmful UV rays as well as Blue light
B) Exfoliate your face regularly:
Exfoliation is an essential step in any skincare routine to slough off dead cells and prevent clogged pores. Exfoliating is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin using a chemical, granular substance, or exfoliation tool.
Exfoliation can leave your skin looking brighter and improve the effectiveness of topical skin care products by enhancing absorption.
No matter your skin type you must exfoliate at least once or twice a week.
Using Disrupts 2% Salicylic acid 2-3 times a week helps exfoliate and get rid of dead skin cells. It penetrates deep into the skin and has the ability to unclog the pores making the skin smoother and blemish free.
C) Wash your face mask regularly:
A mask traps humidity due to breathing and sweating, which increases the risk of acne. If you develop breakouts from wearing a mask, then this condition is known as “maskne” (mask acne). Maskne doesn’t simply cause pimples, but may also result in skin issues including redness, bumpiness, and irritation. Thus it is necessary to wash your facemask regularly.
When selecting a mask make sure it:
fits snugly, but not too tight
has two or more layers of fabric
is made of natural, soft fabric (like cotton)
Avoid masks made of synthetic fabrics, such as nylon or rayon. These materials can irritate the skin.
A) Don’t eat junk and processed food:
There is a close correlation between our diet and our skin. The skin is a reflection of the nutrients it receives. Thus, food containing a high glycemic load could be linked to acne breakouts, and that following a low-glycemic diet may help curb them. Sugars and carbs spike levels of the hormone insulin, which could produce inflammation in the body and lead to acne.
Studies also indicate that diet may affect skin sebum, potentially leading to the imbalance that causes acne. There is evidence indicating that dietary factors alter sebaceous gland output indicating sebum production can be increased by the consumption of dietary fat or carbohydrates.
B) Don’t skip moisturizer due to oily acne skin:
Lotions and gels tend to be more water-based and therefore less likely to aggravate oily, acne-prone skin. Avoid ointments as they are greaser and fat or oil based. Look out for skin care products labeled “oil free” or “non-comedogenic” as they are less likely to clog your pores and cause acne.
Pro Tip: You should always apply your moisturizer while your skin is still damp, such as after a shower or after washing your face. This helps trap the water in your damp skin.
C) Don’t apply DIY skincare and masks:
DIY skincare and masks can cause serious harm to the skin since it has no regulation or oversight. The problem is that sometimes using kitchen ingredients can go very wrong. While many of these are used in skin care products, people often do not know how the combinations work, or even concentration of the ingredients. This is why it is necessary to let experts do their work in formulating different ingredients together to know the combination and proportion of active ingredients in the product. Instead, look at a market bought face mask that pertains to your skin concern.
Conclusion: While Covid may affect your skin, here are some tips that can help you undo this damage and make you achieve your skin goals. The key to good skin is great products, a well balanced diet and a good night sleep.
References for this blog:
Should we wear sunscreen to protect our skin from blue light damage- Huff post
The relationship of diet and acne- Ncbi
Do I need to moisturize my oily skin? – PCDermatology
5 reasons why DIY skin care is not always good for you