Skincare While You Quarantine

It may seem a little self-absorbed to talk about skincare at a time like this, but the truth is that skincare is a very important step in self-care. To some, skincare may be therapeutic and give you a sense of calm and to others, it may give you a bit of control in what seems an uncontrollable situation.

Many of you may be thinking, why should I even bother given that I am not wearing any makeup on a daily basis. The truth is that you should be taking care of your skin each and every day. Especially in times of high stress! Let’s look at this as an opportunity to reset the skin. Here are some great tips to help you seen an improvement in your skin.

To Cleanse Or Not To Cleanse

Just because your skin may be getting a nice break from makeup does not mean that you do not need to properly clean your face. It is perfectly okay just to do a water rinse in the morning if you do not have oily skin. Oily skin girls and gents require cleansing twice a day. And everyone needs to do a thorough washing in the evening. Do not skip this essential first step in any skincare regimen.

Some of us are a bit of skincare diva and love a good double cleanse! All this means is that we remove our makeup and the daily grime with an oil or balm cleanser and then follow-up with a second cleanser just to make sure that all traces of the day have been removed.

Time to Tone Up

Now that your skin is clean, you should follow-up with a toner. What is a toner and what are the benefits to the skin? A toner looks much like water but it is packed with ingredients like antioxidants, anti-inflammaories, and glycerin. There are many kinds of toners on the market so use what your skin needs. In fact, try different types of toners during the week by just listening to your skin. There may be days when your skin is craving an extra dose of moisture. You may need a toner that helps absorb oil. Do you love essences? Your skin will benefit greatly by this little step. A quick swipe of toner and you will be removing dead cells on the surface of the skin and delivering a quick hit of hydration. A toner also acts as a primer for the rest of your skincare routine.

And what about doing an AHA or BHA toner at night to give your skin a chemical exfoliation? These are a wonderful addition to the skincare regimen and have advanced enough so that we can use everyday. Of course, it is wise to start with a chemical exfoliant once or twice and then work up to daily use. Which type of chemical exfoliant should you use? AHAs are a family of acids, including glycolic, lactic, and mandelic, that are water-soluble. You will want to use one of these if you have texture or pigmentation issues, large pores, or a dull complexion. BHAs are mainly salicylic acids are oil-soluble. Consider using a BHA toner if your skin oily or you have issues with blemishes.

Don’t Forget Serums

You may be wondering what are the benefits to your skin by adding a face serum. Serums are basically highly concentrated amounts of active ingredients used to target different skin concerns. The thin consistency of a serum allows it to penetrate the skin more easily. It sounds like a win-win for the skin. Just be sure to choose ingredients that will target the problems that you are most concerned with. Is your skin lacking hydration? Then, try adding in a hyaluronic acid serum. An essential ingredient to add to your arsenal is a great Vitamin C serum. Vitamin C with its antioxidant benefits helps protect the skin from pollution, sun damage, and other environmental factors. For a more complete read on Vitamin C and its benefits just click here. Finally, don’t forget the Vitamin A. Retinol, a Vitamin A derivative, has the ability to produce collagen, lighten brown spots and rejuvenate the skin. This is essential in anti-aging skincare and recommended by dermatologists.

Eyes On You

The eyes are considered the window to the soul and this is because they actually show everything that is wrong with your body. Think about, you don’t get enough sleep and where does that show up? Dark circles under the eyes. Suffer from allergies? Puffy under-eye bags. Too much sun exposure? Fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. You get the picture here and there are two camps when it comes to eye creams. Those that believe they are a waste of money and those that use them religiously. An eye cream will never perform miracles, but it will help in increasing hydration to the eye area and help target your concerns. Just use the amount as indicated on the packaging.

Remember to Moisturize

How many of us can recall our grandmothers telling us to always remember to moisturize our skin? My hand is definitely raised, and it is a lesson I will never forget. When I was younger, I had extremely oily skin and prone to breakouts. I remember thinking that by adding moisturizer that I would only be making the breakouts worse. Boy was I wrong! By moisturizing, you can reduce the chance of developing extreme oiliness or dryness. Now, you oily skinned people might be scratching your heads on this one but hear me out. You might be using harsh cleansers that strip your skin of the oil (if so, please refer back to the cleansing section). If you do not put moisture back in your skin then your skin will start producing oil to make up for the lack of moisture which in turn could lead to congested pores and more breakouts. A vicious cycle! You just need to pick the right ingredients and type of moisturizer for your skin type. Look for a moisturizer packed with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and ceramides.

Always Wear Sunscreen

We are all aware of the damaging effects of the sun on our skin but still, so many of us do not use sunscreen every day. The reason why varies from person to person but what I have heard is that some do not like how it feels on their skin or others think that they look more healthy with a tan. Here are the facts- skin cancer kills one person every hour. So, wear sunscreen every single day!

Do you need another reality check? Look at your skin in the ultraviolet spectrum. You will be amazed and unsettled at what you have done to your skin by not wearing sunscreen. And sunscreen has come along way over the years. You have choices in formulas and potency like never before. Here are some basics when shopping for sunscreen. There are two types of sunscreens- chemical and physical sunscreens. Physical sunscreens, mineral, create a barrier on the skin that filter out UV rays. These sunscreens are typically heavier and wear off quicker but they work immediately upon application. Chemical sunscreens are created to absorb and scatter the harsh UV rays and will be absorbed into the skin. The consistency of chemical sunscreens are thinner than physical sunscreens and allow for skincare ingredients to be easily added.

Special Treats For Your Skin

Facial masks are one of life’s little pleasures. They are super easy, fun to apply, and have the ability to really address some of your skin concerns. Plus, you have some extra time in your schedule so let’s indulge your skin and let it reap the benefits. Treat your skin a few nights a week to a facial masque. Be sure to use different ones based on what your skin is needing at that time. Mix it up and sit back for 10 to 20 minutes and relax!

Remember to take great care of yourself during this time of stress and worry. Spend those extra few minutes to take care of your skin- you and your skin deserve it!

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