Quarantine means we’ve all been stuck inside for weeks now. Most of us have adapted to a more casual routine—skipping the shower in the morning, letting our hair go wild, watching the nail polish chip away, staying in our PJs, and—not taking care of our skin. There’s a good chance you’ve been looking in the mirror every morning and saying to yourself, “What is happening here?” But just because you’re stuck indoors, doesn’t mean your skin has to suffer. So what can you do right now to make yourself look better—and feel better?
First, if you don’t already have a skincare routine, now is the perfect time to start one. Taking care of your skin on a daily basis is an essential factor in anti-aging and protecting our skin from harmful free radicals, UV rays, pollution, and other environmental contaminants.
Begin by selecting a variety of natural products including a moisturizer, sunscreen, antioxidant serum, and cleanser. Apply each product in morning to ensure your skin is protected and vibrant every day, so when it’s time to go outside in a few weeks, you’ll be looking your best.
It’s still cold outside which means the heater is on, plus, you’re most likely washing your hands non-stop while singing Happy Birthday to yourself a jillion times. The effects of artificial air and constant washing can irritate the skin, meaning now more than ever is the time to keep your skin well hydrated.
That’s why, hands down, one of the most important aspects of your indoor skincare routine should be finding a moisturizer with natural ingredients that is suited to your skin type. Selecting the right moisturizer can help prevent pores from clogging, helps balance and brighten the skin, and can even-out textures, tones, and fine lines, giving you a fresh and vibrant glow.
Just because you’re inside, doesn’t mean you should skimp on protecting yourself from the adverse effects of the sun. Not too many people use sunscreen on a daily basis—which isn’t good.
It’s a common misconception that harmful UV rays cant reach your skin just because you’re inside. The fact is, UV rays penetrate through windows and can still inflict the same damage to your skin indoors as they can outdoors. Make sure you use a sunscreen that is at least SPF 30 with essential moisturizers to ensure your skin stays healthy, safe, and young.
Your skin’s not looking so bright today, eh? It doesn’t have that glow and feeling you’re used to? Antioxidant serum to the rescue!
Antioxidant serums are a vital component to any skincare routine. Selecting the right serum for you skin can diminish the appearance of fine surface lines as well as leave your skin feeling firmer. So, if your skin needs that little extra boost of vitality while at home, try using an antioxidant serum high in Vitamin C and Ferulic acid to neutralize free radicals and prevent the visible signs of aging. Your skin will not only feel better, but will result in a more youthful, radiant tone.
There are a million cleansers on the market, many of which actually damage your skin instead of help it. That’s why it is imperative to find yourself a cleanser that actually works for your skin type.
As you know, cleansers are an important aspect to any skincare routine—they fight free radicals, and remove dirt, pollution, and makeup, letting your skin breathe naturally. But not all cleansers are built the same. Cleansers high in antioxidants like beta-carotene or green tea and antifungals like apple cider vinegar, can help keep skin balanced, while reducing dryness and unclogging pores, giving you the confident complexion you need to look in that mirror again and recognize yourself.
Now is the time to start appreciating your skin, especially if you haven’t before—you’ll thank yourself for establishing a daily routine today that will benefit you when it’s finally time to set foot outside tomorrow.
Savy Guthrie has been a PA working in dermatology for 17 years and has worked in medicine for 20 years overall. She has treated tens of thousands of patients, helping them achieve healthy, beautiful skin.
Savy Guthrie is a dermatology PA with 17 years of patient care experience and is the founder of Theoderma Skin Care.
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