Giving Your Skin the Care it Needs While in Quarantine
With the increasing amount of time spent at home amid the coronavirus pandemic, your body is now adjusting to a new routine. Your skin, the largest organ in your body, might also have a hard time figuring out what is happening and freak out in one way or another. There are chances you are exposed to less harsh sun and use less makeup - or even no makeup at all, which is good for your skin. However, you might also expose yourself to more air conditioning, eat less healthy food and consume more alcoholic beverages to cope with being stuck at home. Your skin is a reflection of your overall health - and these are just a few ways to take care of yourself while being stuck at home.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleeping is important for your overall health. A healthy sleeping cycle includes falling asleep easily within 15-20 minutes of lying down to sleep; regularly sleeping for a total of seven to nine hours, having continuous sleep and not having long periods of lying awake when you wish to be sleeping; and waking up feeling fresh and alert. If you don’t get enough sleep, your body will release more cortisol - the stress hormone that can cause acne or psoriasis.
Working out will help your body to burn cortisone, which is a good way to reduce stress and help keep your skin clear. However, remember to immediately take a shower after exercising. Leaving sweat on the skin can lead to clogged pores, which can cause acne and irritation.
Keep Your Skin Moisturized
Now that it’s summer, people are sitting in air-conditioned rooms far more often than before. This can cause your skin to be exposed to dry air for a longer time. Try using a humidifier in the room where you sit most often in the house - this is going to prevent your skin barrier from being dehydrated. Also, try not to take too many long, hot showers as hot water sucks the moisture out of your skin.
Don’t Go Too Far with Skincare
You should brace yourself with an experimental skin care routine now that you have so much time on your hands. Use skin masks, peels and exfoliators only with caution. All of that exfoliating and peeling affects your skin’s acid mantle. You have good bacteria and bad bacteria. You don’t want to get rid of all your good stuff. If you overtreat, your pH levels go up and that can lead to skin problems,” Rogers said. Also, Saedi said you should wash your face but not too much. “If you over-wash, you are stripping the natural oils, so your skin will start producing more,” she said. According to Saedi, it is enough to wash your face only once or twice a day, and use benzoyl peroxide once a week.
Keep Your Hands Clean (& Moisturized!)
The #1 preventive measure to avoid catching the novel coronavirus is to wash your hands, so naturally by now you will be washing your hands more often than you used to. However, always remember to moisturize your hands after washing. All that washing and hand sanitizer dries out the skin - so don’t forget to be using a hand lotion afterwards to prevent cracked and chapped hands!
Do It Yourself
With the lockdown being in effect, it might be harder to purchase your skincare supplies, and shipping can even take weeks longer than normal. However, you still can make your own skincare with things you may find in your kitchen. Check out our recent blog for expert-approved at home beauty treatments! From an exfoliating lip scrub to a hydrating avocado honey mask, you’re bound to find a new staple for your skincare routine.
Getting Treated by Professionals
If you're through with at home beauty treatments and are looking for some more in depth treatment, look no further! If homemade masks and a routine skincare lineup aren't doing it for you, maybe it's time to leave it to the experts. Sculpt Cosmedics is currently open and we have adapted our offices to keep you as safe and comfortable as possible during these times. Don't let this pandemic get the best of your skin - treat yourself to one of our incredible facials, laser treatments, chemical peels and more!
Call (718) 998-9898 to schedule a one-on-one appointment now!