Staying at home for two months straight should have sorted out all our skin woes, right? Sadly, most of us are experiencing the exact opposite. The stress, comfort eating and a drastic change in sleep patterns have invited so many skin issues that never existed in the first place.
We know you want skin that looks healthy, glowing and free of breakouts and blemishes while you are locked down at home. That’s why we got Dermatologist Dr. Mrunal Shah Modi, Owner and Director of Shine Skin Clinic to give us a few stay-at-home skincare tips that every girl will benefit from while in lockdown.
- Deep cleanse to prevent pore clogging
- Protect skin from indoor aggressors
- Minimise screen usage
- Replace your face mask frequently
- Moisturise your hands and body too
Deep cleanse to prevent pore clogging
Now that we are sitting at home, our skin is no longer exposed to pollution and UV rays, so why is it still necessary to deep cleanse? “We are bang in the middle of summer and spending a lot of time in the kitchen too, which makes our skin very oily. That combined with sweat leads to acne and breakouts. So, it is very important to deep cleanse the skin to prevent breakouts due to excessive sebum production,” Dr. Shah replies.
Using a face cleanser that contains activated carbon and bamboo charcoal such as the Pond’s Pure White Anti Pollution + Purity with Activated Charcoal Face Wash helps absorb excessive oil and impurities and prevent the pores from clogging.
Protect skin from indoor aggressors
“Indoor aggressors like air conditioning cause severe dryness by robbing all the moisture from the skin, while the heat emitted from the stove while cooking can cause pigmentation and dullness,” says Dr. Shah. There is a third aggressor that is far more damaging though. Did you know most glass panels absorb around 97 per cent of the sun's UVB rays, but UVA rays can still pass through window panes and cause darkening, tanning and dullness of the skin? “Wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen is essential even when you are indoors,” she adds. The Pond’s Sun Protect Non-Oily Sunscreen SPF 50 is a lightweight, non-sticky formula that offers protection from both UVA and UVB rays. For the rest of your body, opt for a body lotion with SPF like the Vaseline Sun + Pollution Protection SPF 30 Body Lotion which helps prevent dullness, pigmentation and other problems caused by sun damage.
Minimise screen usage
We are spending time in front of our laptops, TVs and phones longer than ever before and this is another reason why our skin is losing its glow. “These gadgets emit blue light and prolonged exposure to it can aggravate skin conditions like dark spots, dullness, skin darkening and premature ageing,” says Dr. Shah.
Vitamin B3 inhibits melanin transfer and reduces damage. Using a product infused with this ingredient can minimise damage to a great extent. Apply a small amount of the Pond’s White Beauty Anti Spot Fairness Day Cream SPF 15 PA++ every morning before sitting in front of the laptop to stay protected.
Replace your face mask frequently
“Masks leave no room for the skin to breathe. As a result, the skin starts becoming very oily, leading to bacterial proliferation. A lot of people have the habit of not changing their masks frequently enough. If you are wearing disposable masks, ensure you discard them after a single use to prevent acne and breakouts,” says Dr. Shah.
Moisturise your hands and body too
While you are following a CTM routine and wearing sunscreen daily to keep your face protected, it is also important to ensure that your hands and body are moisturised. You don’t want the cold air from your air conditioner to leave your skin dehydrated and the excessive hand washing to leave your hands itchy and dry, do you? “The best way to keep the moisture intact is by applying a body lotion rich in shea or cocoa butter like the Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Glow Body Lotion,” Dr Shah suggests. Also, reapply a hand cream like the Dove Coconut Hand Cream every time you wash your hands.