You’re at home all day and your skin is no more exposed to pollution, UV rays or other toxins from the environment. This should have reduced skin problems and made your skin clear; instead, you are now tackling acne, dark spots and whatnot.
If this sounds familiar, you are not alone. Personal hygiene and healthy lifestyle habits went for a toss during the lockdown for many. This led to an increase in skin problems like acne. But fret not; it’s not too late. Avoiding certain lockdown hygiene mistakes and incorporating better personal hygiene practices will help you get clear and healthy skin.
Not washing your face regularly
Washing your face twice a day is one of the most basic hygiene practices. But during the lockdown, most of us haven’t been following basic skin care practices like cleansing our face. Even though you are indoors, sebum, dust and other impurities get collected on the face, and it is necessary to get rid of them. Skipping face cleansing will clog skin pores with impurities and lead to acne.
Touching your face
Your hands carry many bacteria and germs thanks to the numerous surfaces you touch during the day, including your phone and laptop. Touching your face with the same hands transfers bacteria onto the face. Stress and anxiety can sometimes lead to frequent face touching; it acts as a self-soothing mechanism. Whenever you feel stressed and find yourself touching your face, distract your mind with some other activity that calms you down or makes you feel happy. You can listen to some soothing music, talk to a friend or family member or simply meditate for a few minutes to destress.
Exfoliation is necessary to get rid of dead skin cells, excess oil and deep-set dirt. Just because you are home does not mean your skin does not require deep cleansing. Make sure you exfoliate and apply a face mask twice a week to maintain healthy skin. Your skin does not demand much, but you need to give it the basics. A simple CTM routine with sunscreen and exfoliation and masking twice a week is enough to keep acne at bay.
Not changing your pillowcases
When it comes to hygiene mistakes, bedsheets and pillowcases are not the first few things that come to mind. But they are a breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria. Now that you are at home — and probably, eating, sleeping and working from your bed — it is essential to change your bedsheets and pillowcases often to get rid of the dirt that might get transferred onto your face later and lead to breakouts.