If you seek solace in the fact that staying indoors, sans makeup and away from the sun would mean perfect skin, we are here to give you a reality check. If there was any truth to that, we should have had the best skin of our lives by now.

In reality, staying indoors all day has contributed to what we call ‘lockdown skin’. Brought on by indoor stressors that we previously did not imagine can harm us, lockdown skin is problematic and anything but healthy and glowing.

Here are 5 signs you are developing ‘lockdown skin’ and how to treat it before it causes any long term damage!


01. Stress breakouts

Stress breakouts

These are stressful times, we understand, but taking too much stress can lead to an imbalance in the hormone cortisol (responsible for acne flare-ups) This is made worse by the fact that you cannot meet with your regular dermats for consultations and treatments. However, don’t lose hope. There IS a way you can prevent this.

Work on reducing your stress levels by practising calming activities like yoga and meditation. Include skincare products with niacinamide (vitamin B3) in your skincare routine to banish dullness and acne. The Pond's White Beauty Mineral Clay Instant Brightness Facial Wash Foam’s vitamin B3+ and mineral clay infused formula fights pigmentation causing surface oils and calms acne-prone skin.


02. Dark circles and puffiness

Dark circles and puffiness

The skin under your eye starting to look puffy, dehydrated and displaying dark circles? Blame it on your terrible sleep pattern and overexposure to gadgets. The lack of proper 7-9 hour of sleep can show all over your face by making your under-eye skin look saggy and dull.

Make sure to train your body to get the rest it needs. Drinking a cup of herbal tea or warm milk before bed helps soothe your nerves for a good night’s sleep. Include an eye cream in your beauty routine and apply it every night before hitting the sheets. The Lakme Absolute Argan Oil Radiance Night Revival Eye Cream is infused with the goodness of Morrocan argan oil and Opti B complex which helps reduces dark circles and puffiness and refreshes tired-looking eyes.


03. Frown lines

Frown lines

Conduct a tiny experiment to gauge just how much you frown while focusing on something serious. Turn on our webcam for 30 minutes while accomplishing a task and you’ll see a constant wince on your face. Now that your screen time at home has doubled, this can show up as fine lines and wrinkles, especially on the middle of your forehead.

Practice face relacing exercises and take well spaced-out breaks while working. Use products with wrinkle-fighting retinol in them like the Ponds Age Miracle Wrinkle Corrector Day Cream SPF 18 PA++. The added SPF is beneficial to protect your skin from indoor UV exposure.


04. Clogged pores

Clogged pores

Clogged pores can lead to a multitude of skin issues like dark spots, pimples and dull skin. Since you are not wearing makeup or stepping out, properly cleansing your face might have taken a backseat. Also, prolonged hours of wearing protective maks can increase oil production around the nose leading to clogged pores and blackheads.

Make sure you’re cleansing your skin thoroughly during the lockdown. Use products with activated charcoal in them like the Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant. Infused with activated charcoal that absorbs pollutants, it deep cleanses and smooths the skin.


05. Dull complexion

Dull complexion

Dietary and lifestyle changes are inevitable when you are spending all day indoors. You might be missing out on essential nutrients that keep your skin shiny and glowing. And yes, there is lesser sun damage but it also means you are not getting any vitamin D. All of these combined lead to a dull complexion and lacklustre skin.

Pay close attention to including proper diet and exercise in your routine. Add a Vitamin C infused product in your routine; it helps brighten dull skin, hydrates and evens out skin tone. The Lakme Absolute Perfect Radiance Skin Brightening Night Creme is a combination of skin brightening micro-crystals and vita-resorcinol and is all you need to wake up to a brighter complexion.