Social distancing and staying at home has yet again forced us to update our skincare routines accordingly. But just because you won’t be stepping out as much as you did earlier does not mean that you can cut off steps from your skincare routine.
Your skin can get damaged and stressed while at home as well. If neglected, you might end up with the dreaded ‘lockdown face’, one that is dull, lacks suppleness and looks tired. Here are five skincare habits that you should be following, even while stuck indoors...
- 01. Wear sunscreen
- 02. Wash your face twice a day
- 03. Exfoliate regularly
- 04. Indulge in regular skin detox
- 05. Give yourself at-home facials
01. Wear sunscreen
Your skin can get exposed to UV rays indoors as well. Standard windows can only block UVB rays to a certain extent. But they can’t block skin-damaging UVA rays, prolonged exposure of which can make your skin more prone to premature ageing. So wear your sunscreen indoors as well and reapply after every 2-3 hours to avoid dull looking tired skin.
02. Wash your face twice a day
Just because your skin isn’t directly exposed to pollution, dirt, and other harsh environmental aggressors doesn’t mean you can skimp washing it twice a day. Your hands, phone, etc., are ridden with germs and bacteria, and when they can come in contact with your face, they can transfer bacteria onto your face. This is why you must wash your face twice a day to get rid of them all. Plus, given that it is summer, cleansing twice a day can really help keep greasy skin in check.
03. Exfoliate regularly
As you get older, your skin’s ability to shed dead skin cells starts to degrade. This leads to dull and patchy looking skin that cannot absorb any kind of nutrient-rich product you apply on it. So make sure to use a gentle chemical or physical exfoliant to keep your skin polished and clear, even if you do not have plans to go anywhere.
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04. Indulge in regular skin detox
Product build-up and stress can take a toll on your skin and make it look dull and lifeless. That’s why it’s essential to pamper your skin with a skin detox sesh every now and then to keep it looking healthy. Clay masks are great for this purpose; they pull out impurities, absorb excess oil and help unclog the pores. So include a clay mask in your skincare routine and use it 2-3 times a week for healthy, clear skin.
05. Give yourself at-home facials
The main appeal of getting a facial is the relaxing massage that someone is doing for you while you lay down without a worry in the world. However, with salons not accessible for the next couple of months, you will have to take the role of your own facialist. After all, facials are an excellent way to de-stress your skin and give them an instant glow in a matter of minutes.