When you’re at home, it’s very easy to neglect yourself. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I tend to neglect my skin, hair, and facial routines a lot when I’m staying at home for a long period of time. Why? Because there’s really less motivation to look good. Being at home is “fun” when you’re relaxed and putting in little effort. However, my friend’s mum likes to say, “Take care of you for you. Not for anyone else.” That said, just because you’re at home and interacting with few people doesn’t mean that you should forget about your skin. Your skin still needs to be taken care of. The best thing about skincare is that it is often very rewarding. The fruits your effort will be visible more often than not.
Here are a few ways of taking care of your skin at home.
- Stay hydrated
Water is essential, and there is no doubt about that. When it comes to taking care of the skin, this is almost always the first and most important rule. Stay hydrated. Drink water. You see, the skin is an organ, and just like any other human organ, it requires water. If the skin doesn’t get enough water, not only will it become dry, tight, and flaky, but it will also become even more prone to ageing. So if you’re looking for vibrant glowing skin, then ensure that you drink water throughout the day. Moisture increases the elasticity of the skin which leads to fewer wrinkles. It also reduces puffiness and can clear acne. Aside from this, it reduces the size of the pores thereby reducing blemishes and breakouts. 7 Tricks For Keeping Yourself Hydrated Every Day
- Get enough sleep
How ironic is it that for many of us, when we have all the time in the world, we don’t get enough rest? There’s just something about being at home that makes you stay up late in the night watching movies or engaging in other activities at a time when we’re supposed to be sleeping.
Sleeping is extremely important for good skin. When you’re sleep-deprived, your body makes more of the stress hormone cortisol. Elevated levels of cortisol can lead to increased stress and inflammation in the body, hurting your skin’s quality. On the other hand, when you sleep enough the quality of your skin improves. How does this work? While you’re sleeping, the body’s hydration rebalances. Skin is able to recover moisture, while excess water in general in the body is processed for removal. Not getting enough sleep results in poor water balance, leading to puffy bags under your eyes and under-eye circles, as well as dryness and more visible wrinkles. Health: 10 Dangers Of Insufficient Sleep
- Avoid touching your face
If you are like most people, then this is a huge problem. The bad news is that it’s bad for your skin. You see, our hands are not always clean, and when you keep touching your face it becomes dirty. We are always touching things and surfaces, and we can’t always be sure about their cleanliness.
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) states that making sure not to touch your face throughout the day is especially essential for those looking to control oily skin. Touching your face can spread dirt, oil, and bacteria from your hands to your face, which can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. How do you get rid of this behaviour? Keep your hands busy, keep reminders not to touch it, or substitute the behaviour with a different one such as folding your hands or snapping your fingers.
- Use Sun Protection Factor (S.P.F) even when indoors
If you look at it on the surface, it doesn’t make sense to wear sunscreen to stay at home because technically we aren’t exactly in direct contact with the sun. However, as it turns out, the sun’s rays can impact you even when you are indoors. According to Dr. Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital, UVA light can penetrate right through window glass, which means that you still are at risk for premature ageing and even skin cancers. 5 Ways You Are Making Your Sunscreen Less Effective Without Even Realizing It
- Give your skin a break from makeup
If you are one to wear makeup regularly, then you should take advantage of this period to give your skin a break from it. Face makeup, especially when it contains SPF, can congest skin and block oxygen from flowing in and out of our pores. The more you use, the worse the case. Plus, depending on your makeup’s ingredients, overuse can lead to acne and dehydration. That’s why it’s important to allow your pores to breathe, by not overloading them with products. This may help to restore your skin to normalcy and even heal from a number of conditions. 7 Tips And Tricks To Remove Makeup Effortlessly
- Eat healthily
You know what they say: Garbage in, garbage out! While it might be easy to reach out to your comfort foods while you’re stuck at home, it may, in fact, be damaging to your skin. Ensure that your diet contains lots of fruits and vegetables. Some of the foods that are recommended for healthy skin are fatty fish, avocados, walnuts, sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes, red or yellow bell peppers, broccoli, and tomatoes. If you have oily skin or acne then you might want to avoid greasy foods, refined sugars, coffee, dairy, and chocolate. These Everyday Foods Will Improve Your Skin’s Health