Lockdown Skin: Taking Care Of Your Skin During Self-Isolation

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Since going into lockdown, have you found that your skin is playing up a little more than usual? You may be seeing more pesky spots, blemishes and skin just looking a little dull? You’re not alone. ‘Lockdown skin’ really is a thing that’s affecting many of us during this time. But what’s causing it?

Dr Nina Bal, an aesthetics doctor, says that our diets could be one of the key players here. Have you noticed you’ve started snacking more? Whether that’s out of boredom or through comfort eating – we can’t blame you! But unfortunately, our skin is suffering the consequences. Lockdown skin can also be linked to high levels of stress and anxiety; many of us are sleeping less and worrying more. This in itself can trigger skin breakouts and worsen existing stress acne issues. When people are stressed, they’re also more likely to touch and pick at their skin, which can contribute to swelling and redness.

We’re here to help you out by offering some advice to help you breathe some life back into your skin. Continue reading to find out how you can take care of your skin whilst self-isolating, and how you can get your glow back!

Perfect your Skincare Routine

Now more than ever, is the time to create your perfect skincare routine. Doing so will really help you to properly take care of your skin. Use the following steps as a guide to help you to come up with your own skincare routine:

  • Step 1 – Cleanse Do this every morning and evening in order to keep unwanted dirt and oil off your skin. It’s important to start with a clean and fresh base before moving onto anything else.
  • Step 2 – Tone Many people skip this step, wrongly assuming that toning doesn’t add value, or is too harsh and will irritate the skin. Make sure to use a toner that’s designed specifically for your skin type or concerns; this is the key for adding some much-needed glow back into your skin.
  • Step 3 – Serum Serums are super-concentrated, uber-hydrating and luxurious; a must-have for lockdown skin! Again pick a serum which aligns best with your skin concern, whether that’s dryness, blemishes or something else.
  • Step 4 – Eye Cream The skin around our eyes is extremely delicate and tends to be the first to show the visible signs of tiredness and stress. Applying an eye cream twice a day can help to combat this. Our Naira under eye cream contains almond oil, which is highly effective in combatting those troublesome dark circles and bags. Say goodbye to dark under-eyes, and hello to radiance!
  • Step 5 – Moisturiser It’s highly recommended that you apply your moisturiser of choice when your skin is still damp, whether that’s after your shower or after washing your face, the aim being to lock-in that much-needed hydration. Hydrated skin is the key to youthful, glowy and healthy-looking skin, something that you might feel you’re lacking whilst being stuck inside all day. We have a range of moisturisers available that will do just the job, from our extremely lightweight day cream, Aahana Light, to our Ojas Anti-Blemish night cream, designed to reduce pigmentation and brighten overall complexion.
  • Step 6 – SPF Remember to apply factor 50 sun protection if you are planning on spending any time in the sun – even if it’s only for your daily exercise!

perfect skincare routine

Diet – Eat Your Greens!

During this time, we can find ourselves gravitating towards the kitchen more often than usual. Put your hand up if you’ve been eating more sugary snacks than usual (we’re certainly guilty…). But to try and reduce skin breakouts, be mindful of the number of foods containing refined sugars and chocolate that you’re consuming. That’s not to say you can’t indulge every once in a while, but make sure to balance it with a healthy diet and foods for healthy skin.

Fruit and veg are the best foods for clear skin as they provide your body with vitamins, hydration and antioxidants. Did you know that eating dried fruits can actually aid your digestive system in getting rid of toxins, helping to keep spots at bay! Also keep an eye out for foods that contain healthy fats, such as avocados, eggs and some fish; these are our top foods for glowing skin!

Stay Hydrated

How much water are you drinking each day? If it’s not six to eight glasses of water per day you’ve got some work to do! Did you know that when we drink water the skin is the last organ that it reaches? Your skin is actually the largest organ of your body so you’ve got to look after it, and if you fail to drink enough water you will be more likely to suffer from dry, tight and/or flaky skin. There are plenty of apps out there which will help you to get into a good routine with drinking water, meaning that when we come out lockdown you’ll be in an excellent routine!

Practice Mindfulness

A really popular practice in the wellness community is mindfulness; a meditation-like process which can help you to focus on what is happening in the present moment. Some activities you can do to help with mindfulness are:

  • Yoga,
  • Meditation,
  • Spending time away from your devices,
  • Reading, and
  • Journalling.

It’s understandable to be feeling a little stressed and low during the current climate, and for that using aromatherapy for stress relief can be really beneficial. Using particular relaxing essential oils can help to combat stress, anxiety and even insomnia, which are prevalent during these times. Some of our key recommendations are:

  • Lavender Oil – Lavender Oil helps to promote calmness and wellness, whilst reducing stress and anxiety.
  • Jasmine Oil – Using Jasmine Oil is linked to improvements in mood, as well as helping to reduce stress levels.
  • Geranium Oil – Similarly, Geranium Oil can be linked to improvements in mood and it can even help with insomnia and anxiety.

Here at Dilmaherbals, our skincare formulas contain various relaxing essential oils mentioned above which have been proven to help in ways such as reducing stress, anxiety and improving sleep. Why not check out some of our skincare products containing essential oils?

Get Plenty of Sleep

The benefits of sleep for our skin are second to none. How amazing and glowy does your skin look after a long nights sleep? According to The National Sleep Foundation, most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep a night. If you consistently get less than this, you’re more likely to see wrinkles on your face and dark circles under your eyes. If you’re struggling to sleep, try using a night cream with geranium oil or jasmine oil. Not only will the soothing smell help you to drift off, but you’re more likely to be able to get back to sleep if you do wake up in the night.

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