SKINCARE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
- 15 April 2021
An unwanted and tragic occurrence, the Covid-19 pandemic made us experience a dramatic shift in our entire lifestyle. WIth increasing time in our hands for ourselves, we however, got lucky enough to examine our skin and gain awareness about the importance of caring for it. The effects of staying at home in quarantine have been two fold. On one hand, for some, breakouts and skin irritation have been common, while others enjoyed a phase where their skin became clear like never before.
Those who saw this period as an opportunity, didn’t hold back on experimenting and developing their routine. Starting with DIY face masks to clean eating and being their own version of MasterChef, it came as a time with endless possibilities. People being more mindful of what their skin needs and providing for it made the skincare industry resilient against the crisis.
But there is always a flip side of the coin, with not so flowery realities. Listed down are a few things that were evident through this phase (and sadly still are in the ongoing pandemic). Acknowledging their impact and overcoming them will surely benefit your mental as well as physical wellbeing.
Living under the stress of a global pandemic, with uncertainty about your and your loved ones’ health, added pressure from work from home jobs or online classes and simultaneously doing all the chores is not easy. Increased stress raises the Cortisol levels in our bodies and an excess of this hormone can cause an increased production of sebum and inflammatory substances making pimples and breakouts common.
Preparing a soulful selfcare hour with maybe a hot bath with salts and essential oils, your favourite soothing classics playlist, and topped off with herbal green tea with honey or some chamomile tea will surely leave your skin feeling fresh, your mind calm and your mood uplifted.
CLOUDBERRY / SEA LETTUCE
Your perfect hydrating partner which is suitable for all skin types. The cloudberry is an energising and brightening dose for your skin whereas the sea lettuce will slow down the water evaporation rate of the skin allowing a deep moisturisation and hydration.
PROLONGED SCREEN EXPOSURE
With the 9 to 6 jobs turning somewhat flexible, not always in a good way, the time we spend staring at screens has increased. The blue light exposure not only negatively impacts vision and alters the sleep cycle, but also, according to some studies, may potentially cause damage to skin.
The high-energy visible (HEV) light can intensify signs of ageing, even prematurely. This damaging exposure has reinforced the importance of wearing SPF even indoors.
Pairing your sunscreen with our Cloudberry and Sea Lettuce Hydrating Cream will allow deep moisturisation, protect your skin from free radicals, and prevent wrinkles.
BINGE EATING OR CLEAN EATING?
The kitchen being full of temptations, keeping a check on what we eat is of immense importance. Nutrient and vitamin rich food adds nourishment and glow, while food with excess sugar can disrupt the production of elastin and collagen, leading to dullness, lines and wrinkles. With a decline in take out food and being cautious while ordering in, people started eating cleaner and better.
Foods like Avocados and Walnuts are rich in healthy omega fats which help in reducing inflammation. Bell peppers are an excellent source of beta carotene, which converts into vItamin A, Broccoli is full of vitamins and minerals such as zinc, and dark chocolate is full of antioxidants, all of which have innumerable benefits for skin.
Detox water is also gaining popularity. This fruit-infused drink flushes out toxins from the body and makes your skin visibly flawless. What’s more? Its fruity taste makes it a refreshing cooler and even looks good on your instagram.
Apple and Cinnamon Detox Water
Boil one glass of water. Add thinly sliced apple and cinnamon sticks to it and let it simmer for 15 minutes. Strain it and wait for it to cool. You can have it chilled after refrigerating it for a few hours. Apple contains Vitamin C that synthesizes collagen which adds a glow to your skin and helps in fast recovery of damaged skin cells. Cinnamon helps in circulation of blood and reduces pimples.
Lemon, Cucumber and Mint Detox Water
Add lemon wedges, cucumber slices and mint leaves in a jar. Pour water into it and refrigerate. This healthy detox water not only gives a natural glow but also facilitates weight loss.
Strawberry, Kiwi and Peach Detox Water
Take a jar of water and add pieces of strawberry, kiwi and peach into it. Refrigerate and add ice to give it a cool effect. This easy to make infused water is highly nutritious and is full of vitamin C. It detoxifies your body and gives radiant and gorgeous skin.
Blackberry, Orange and Ginger
Add the blackberries, orange and ginger in a pitcher. Add water to it and let it infuse. Once it's done, have it chilled. Ginger helps in reducing skin inflammation and acne, while also strengthening the immune system.
Another saying that isn’t just a myth is the benefit getting your daily beauty sleep. Proper sleep patterns are equally beneficial for internal as well as external wellbeing. While asleep, your body produces extra protein molecules which help you fight infection. Sleeping also lowers blood pressure and improves your mood. Naps play a special role in covering for lost sleep too. A quick napping break can significantly aid memory formation and regulate emotions. So set an alarm, get rid of unclear thoughts, and live a healthier and productive lifestyle.
Wearing a mask and sanitising constantly have become the new normal. These precautions are extremely important, but they do come with their own struggles. A lot of people have complained about Maskne, or mask induced acne, along the bridge of their nose, cheeks, and jawline. A proper routine with the Birch Sap Facial Cleanser, Birch Sap Facial Tonic Mist and an acne gel, which removes impurities and deeply cleanses the pores. Moreover, frequent use of sanitizers dries out skin and can cause irritation. So whenever possible, it’s advised to substitute the sanitizer with soap, and keep a hand cream in your bag for easy use and cancelling out the dryness.
BIRCH SAP FACIAL CLEANSER
BIRCH SAP FACIAL TONIC MIST
ACNE CLARIFYING GEL
In a time when staying indoors is what’s best as a precautionary measure, it's important to keep moving. Exercising regularly keeps you active and your mind alert and gives a sense of productivity. Practicing meditation and yoga can build strength and improve flexibility, prevent back pain, improve concentration and boost self confidence.
This can also have regenerating effects on the aging process and in turn add elasticity to skin. Exercise increases circulation and leads to more oxygen and nutrients reaching your skin cells, giving a radiant glow.
NEW ROUTINES & TRENDS
Natural homemade remedies and organic skin care became all the rage, and rightly so. It’s time to extend the lockdown experiments with ingredients from your kitchen to your regular skincare routine. Products that are nature-friendly, free from paraben and toxins, and full of fresh ingredients can easily be incorporated in your skincare regimen.
Some facemasks that can be made at home using ingredients from your pantry include aloe vera, honey, oats and turmeric mask for cleansing, coffee and coconut oil scrub for exfoliating, cinnamon and honey for clearing acne, and tomato and milk for overnight brightening.
Overall, developing a proper routine, not just for your skin but also for yourself is vital for a healthy glow and suppleness. Selfcare has got the attention that it deserved during these trying times, and with a hope of getting things back to how they were in the pre-pandemic era, if not better, we also hope that this focus on self remains unchanged and unwavered.
Do let us know in the comments below about how pandemic changed your routines and habits towards your skincare and lifestyle in general.