Lockdown and self-isolation are boring, yes, but it has also given us the time and opportunity to indulge in self-care. For the longest time, the most common excuse for not being able to take care of ourselves has been: “I don’t have time.” Now that we have ample time, most women including your favourite celebrities like Deepika Padukone and Athiya Shetty are pampering their skin with natural ingredients and DIY recipes.

Ingredients from your pantry are beneficial for your skin, no doubt about that. But some of these ingredients may not suit your skin type and can cause burning, itching, rashes and even discolouration *yikes*. So, while you’re busy pampering your skin, here are a few beauty blunders to avoid.

 

Avoid trying every DIY you see on the internet

Avoid trying every DIY you see on the internet

One way to avoid a beauty blunder is by not trying every DIY scrub and face mask recipe you come across. Not every DIY recipe on the internet will be beneficial for your skin type. Pick ones that are suitable for your skin type and concern and only try masks and scrubs that are recommended by a reliable website.

 

Apply sunscreen every single day

Apply sunscreen every single day

Applying sunscreen is as important for your skin as cleansing is. You don’t go a day without cleansing your face even though you don’t step out, then why skip applying sunscreen when you’re at home? Your skin will lose its glow and appear dull if you stop wearing sunscreen during the lockdown. While cleansing, exfoliating and masking are important to maintain that glow, wearing sunscreen is essential to protect the skin from premature ageing.

 

Use the time to educate yourself

Use the time to educate yourself

When you visit a dermatologist, they examine your skin type, concerns and needs before recommending a treatment. That’s why your skin starts showing results sooner and looks great in a short span of time. You can do the same; read about ingredients that are beneficial for your skin type as well as those that you should avoid. For example, a lot of DIY recipes suggest using gram flour, however, it can be quite abrasive for sensitive skin type and may cause dryness and itching.

 

Don’t ignore your skin issues

Don’t ignore your skin issues

If you have already walked too far ahead on the DIY recipe road and are now regretting your decision because you have burned your skin or ended up with uneven skin tone, don’t ignore it. Many dermatologists are available for online consultation, book an appointment to get a prescription that will correct the skin issue.

 

Keep your makeup brushes clean

Keep your makeup brushes clean

If you are a makeup lover, this lockdown couldn’t have stopped you from wearing makeup. In fact, it gave you more time to try new looks. But how many times have you washed your brushes since lockdown? Even if you are not using your makeup brushes, it is important to give them a thorough wash every 15 days to remove germs, bacteria and makeup residue sitting on them.