These days, it’s so easy to fall into a pit of comfort and passiveness, as many of us are just at home all the time. As we’re basically locked up inside our houses with barely any social interaction, any motivation to maintain or improve ourselves is thrown out the window. While it’s great that social distancing has taken a little pressure off from looking put together all the time, you shouldn’t forget to take care of yourself — especially your skin. For this post, we’ve come up with a couple of skincare essentials that’ll keep your skin healthy especially during these distressing times.
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A relaxing mask
It’s a fact that being home all the time can be a little stressful — particularly if you’re locked up with family. Despite being in the comfort of your own home, it’s now harder to get some quality ‘me time’ since you’re constantly sharing your living space with other people. Because of that, you’ve got to squeeze in some pampering in the form of face masks.
Depending on your needs, you can choose between mud masks, clay masks, or sheet masks to be your weapon of choice against dull skin. But if you want a mask that doesn’t need a lot of fiddling, Evening Standard’s review on the best sheet masks points out that sheet masks are a great and easy way of having these at-home treatments as they come in single, ready-to-use packets.
A gentle cleanser
Even if your skin isn’t constantly exposed to pollutants from outside, you have to use a cleaner to wash off the excess oil and dead skin from your face. Furthermore, the cleansing step in your skincare routine shouldn’t be too stripping and intensive, since you’re not really putting on makeup or spending extended periods of time outside.
To ensure that you can cleanse your face well without drying your skin out, it’s important to take a look at the ingredients of your products. Pretty Me’s review of the popular Snail White Whipp Soap highlights how natural ingredients like sunflower oil and hyaluronic acid can keep your skin supple as you cleanse. When looking for a mild cleanser, try to avoid fragrances, parabens, and physical scrubs, as these tend to be irritating and can lead to rashes and breakouts.
A light sunscreen
Unlike what most people believe, you also have to wear sunscreen even if you’re just staying indoors. This is because while damaging UVB rays are physically blocked by your window, UVA rays aren’t — raising your risk of skin cancer and ageing due to exposure.
We understand that some sunscreens can be heavy and icky on the skin, so we recommend that you pick up a cosmetically elegant and sheer sunscreen like the Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen. The great thing about sunscreens such as this is there’s a lower chance of you getting clogged pores and acne, since the formula is very light on your skin.
A hydrating moisturiser
At this point, you should already have your go-to moisturiser to keep skin dryness and flakiness at bay. But if you’re still not sure about your moisturiser, Business Insider’s guide to the different types of moisturisers can help you zero in on the kind of hydration your skin needs. So, take your pick between occlusives, emollients, or humectants. To further help you decide what kind of moisturiser to buy, we recommend that you choose a moisturiser that can simultaneously hydrate your skin and lock the moisture in.
While it seems like everything’s on hold due to our current global health predicament, our skincare routines should be an exception to this. So if you don’t want to go out of this quarantine looking like you’ve let yourself go, make sure that you heed our advice and stockpile on these skincare staples.
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