Life as we knew it has completely changed since the nationwide lockdown began, and literally everyone is more germ-conscious than before. While working from home, restricting our trips to the grocery store and washing our hands frequently have somewhat safeguarded us from germs, is that really enough? Our faces too need germ protection and the right skincare regimen can help with that.
We spoke to Dr Soma Sarkar, MBBS MD - Dermatologist and Aesthetic Physician, on the ideal face care regimen to follow during lockdown. She revealed, “During the time of pandemic, it is important to have a germ-free face as well. After all, the infection is passed through droplets and fomites, and the crucial areas of your face are the nose and mouth.” Additionally, the lockdown is also taking its toll on our skin, which adds to the need for germ-protection.
- How the lockdown is affecting your skin
- The ideal face care regimen during lockdown
- How to protect your skin from prolonged use of face masks
How the lockdown is affecting your skin
- Anxiety and stress of being in lockdown causes an increase in cortisol production, leading to hyperactivity of the oil glands and in turn, breakouts.
- Prolonged use of face masks and improper cleaning of them can cause irritation and clogged pores.
- Since you are not stepping out as often, you are probably not following your regular skincare routine, which leads to dirt, oil and bacterial build-up.
- Excessive face touching results in germs getting on your face and other high-risk areas, allowing the spread of infection.
- Staying indoors means a lack of vitamin D and fresh air, which leads to dull skin that is devoid of any environmental nutrients.
The ideal face care regimen during lockdown
Research has shown that on average, a person touches their face more than 2000 times a day or at least 23 times per hour? This is more worrisome in the times of the pandemic as infections are transmitted through contact of hands with different body parts, especially your face.
Dr Soma recommends following a daily skincare regimen no matter what your average day looks like.
- Cleanse with a germ-fighting wash like the Pond’s Pure White Anti Pollution + Purity with Activated Charcoal Face Wash to get rid of impurities.
- Follow up with a gentle toner like the Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing All Over Toner to further germ-proof your face. It will also fight any acne-causing bacteria on your face.
- The lockdown might affect your water intake, so use a nourishing face cream rich in vitamin E to keep dry and patchy skin in check. The Pond’s Light Moisturiser is perfect to keep your skin looking healthy and feeling supple in summer.
- Use a sunscreen to fight UV damage while indoors. Go for a broad spectrum formula like the Lakme Sun Expert SPF 50 PA+++ Ultra Matte Gel Sunscreen. It protects your skin from a variety of sun-related damage like dark spots, pigmentation and photo-ageing.
How to protect your skin from prolonged use of face masks
In the time of pandemic, face masks have become essential. However, prolonged use of surgical masks can increase your skin’s temperature at the tip of the nose by 3.7 -7.3°C in 15 minutes, leading to issues like excessive sebum secretion, pore clogging, acne, redness and barrier damage.
To protect your face from damage, Dr Soma recommends, “After removing the mask, gently cleanse the face with a mild cleanser and then use a layer of ceramide-based moisturiser and top it up with a physical sunscreen on a daily basis. Use a nourishing sheet mask on your face once in 15 days. For exfoliation, you can DIY and go over your face with orange rinds twice a week”.
BB Picks: The Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant will work wonders to exfoliate skin and unclog pores. Follow this up with the Simple Kind To Skin De-Stress Sheet Mask to give your mask-damaged skin an aloe-infused hug!