It’s impossible to ignore how the current pandemic is affecting our lives. It’s not only affecting our everyday activities, but it’s affecting our skin as well. Some people’s skin conditions are worsening during this time, so we’re breaking down a few reasons why this could be the case:
Changes to your skincare routine
Perhaps you’re not washing your face before you go to bed anymore because you only did it in the past to remove your make-up or BB cream. And now that you’re rocking your natural look 24/7 at home, you don’t see the need to cleanse your face at the end of the day.
The truth is, if you used to cleanse your face twice a day and you stopped now, you may see changes in your skin.
Your skin can still sweat and pick up dirt throughout the day – especially now because we’re wearing face masks. Ensure that you end the day off by cleansing it with micellar water or a face wash to remove dirt and leave your skin visibly radiant.
Stress can take its toll on our minds and skin. We’re living in such uncertain times, so it’s completely normal to stress. However, when we’re stressed, this can cause our bodies to produce more cortisol – a hormone that contributes to skin inflammation, pimples and oily skin.
So, if you’ve noticed sudden breakouts in your skin, stress could be the cause.
You’re not getting enough Vitamin D
Due to all the time that we’re spending at home, our skin isn’t exposed to natural light as much as it used to. Our bodies need Vitamin D from the sun to assist in growing skin cells, repairing skin and improving its overall texture and complexion.
Make sure that you step out for some fresh air and light for a few minutes a day and remember to apply sunscreen on your body and a mattifying cream with SPF on your face.
Your face mask is too tight
You want your mask to fit snugly on your face without it being too tight. If your mask is too tight, not only does this give you less room to breathe well, but it causes your skin to sweat more and that can lead to breakouts. Ensure that you wear a face mask that fits well and is made of a smooth, breathable fabric.
More exposure to blue-light
What is blue-light and how does it affect your skin? Well, it emanates from our everyday digital devices, such as smartphones, TVs, tablets and computers and it can promote stressors in your skin that can cause ageing, colour changes and inflammation. We’re spending more time at home, which means that we’re spending more time on these devices as well.
Research shows that millennials check their phones over 150 times a day- making them at a higher risk of blue-light exposure and its side effects. Ensure that you apply a face cream with SPF to keep your skin protected.
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