For most of us, this is the first time we’ve spent so much time at home, at a stretch, which means we have a lot of free time on our hands to sit back and scrutinise our skin and notice even the smallest change.

If you’ve been wondering what’s causing those changes – whether good or bad – you’re not alone. Find below a list of factors that are affecting your skin during the lockdown and bringing about those changes.

 

Lack of a sleep schedule

Lack of a sleep schedule

Changes in your sleep cycle affect your skin in more ways than one. It puts your body under stress and also affects your diet. And when your skin doesn’t receive proper nutrition or rest, it appears puffy and dull.

 

Wearing face masks

Wearing face masks

Wearing a face mask every time you step out of the house is the new normal. However, a face mask traps all the sweat and bacteria on the skin and ends up causing breakouts. So if you've been experiencing breakouts around the mouth and nose, you know what to blame.

 

Wearing lesser makeup

Wearing lesser makeup

Barring those few minutes of video calls, most of us have worn zero makeup in the last couple of months. Plus, it’s not the usual full face of makeup that we (used to) wear to work almost every day. This has majorly impacted your skin because you're exposing it to fewer irritants and allowing it to breathe, thus improving its health and texture.

 

Working out at home

Working out at home

Working out at home is another reason why your skin could be looking better. Firstly, you’re touching lesser surfaces that could be covered in other people’s sweat. Secondly, you have the liberty to wash your face right after your workout, which means that the bacteria and impurities do not have time to settle onto your skin, thus minimising the chances of acne and breakouts at bay.