The global pandemic and its subsequent stress might be playing havoc with our skin, from acne to dehydration to red blotchy skin. While we all are facing the same storm, we can definitely assure you that the secret of beautiful and healthy skin is to understand how your skin functions -because this will help you to treat it correctly, keeping it glowing, soft and supple. We believe everyone can have good healthy skin – if you make skincare part of your daily routine.
So, here are some tips for keeping your skin looking healthy during lockdown — and it involves raiding your pantry!
1. The Natural Facial Exfoliator & Mask in Your Pantry
Facial exfoliator & masks are very easy to prepare and fun to apply on the face, neck and décolletage area. Fruits and vegetables will always be among your key ingredients because they can boost skin with vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. Choose them ripe and tender for easy mashing and mixing.
Try to find time for a nutritional mask at least once a week. The addition of an exfoliating agent transforms a mask into a two-in-one mask and scrub. Examples of exfoliating agents are almond meal, semolina, rice beads, and clay, among others.
If you have any natural yoghurt, put that on your face and leave it to dry. The lactic acid really helps to digest dead cells, but it also brightens your skin! We suggest that you leave it on for approximately five minutes before rubbing it off with your fingertips.
DIY Exfoliator + Mask
This is a very easy mask in which ground oats do a double job. They soften the skin and exfoliate it at the same time. This one is suitable for all skin types.
1 teaspoon almond oil
3 tablespoons ground oats
100 ml whole milk
10 drops Vitamin E Oil
1 Capsule coenzyme Q10 (optional)
Mix the above ingredients until you achieve a paste-like texture. Make sure your face and neck are clean and makeup-free.
Apply all over your face and neck and make sure to avoid the eye area. Relax and allow 20 minutes contact time.
Remove by rubbing away all the mix with your hands and washing your face with warm water; then pat your face dry with a towel.
2. Protect Your Skin from Harmful UVA Rays (Even Indoors)
Whether you stay at home or you are managing to go outdoors for daily essentials, sunscreen is still essential. It is a common misconception that you do not need sunscreen since you are not stepping out a lot. UVA rays penetrate through glass and since all of us are working from home, there’s also the blue light that comes from our computers and phones.
3. Watch your diet and get moving
Diet and skincare have a great effect on skin cells since the skin needs specific nutrients that can be provided through diet, topically or both. Lack of fresh air will have an effect on the skin as will lack of movement. We need to get the blood rushing around to get as much oxygen into our body, so trying to do some form of exercise helps. 15 mins of self-care self-love would go a long way.