As we all experience this pause in life, it’s a great opportunity to indulge in the self-care practices we may not have had time for in the past. That could mean taking a bath every day, learning new recipes, practicing yoga, or making your way through that stash of face masks you’ve been hoarding. Whatever your new routine is, make sure you’re still taking care of your skin.
Follow these five tips while staying at home to make sure your skin is healthy and glowing for when life gets back to normal. You got this!
Embrace Your Bare Face
If makeup was a part of your daily routine, now is the perfect time to take a little break. You’ve probably heard about “letting your skin breathe”, and that’s exactly what we’d recommend while you’re staying indoors. Taking a break from products like foundation, concealer, and powder gives your skin a chance to replenish its natural moisture levels. If you’re acne-prone, this is also a great way to prevent clogged pores. However, if you feel like wearing makeup sometimes, you absolutely should. Just make sure you’re double-cleansing to properly remove it at the end of the day!
Eat Healthy Foods
When we’re stuck at home, it’s easy to gravitate toward cookies, chips, candy, and all sorts of delicious, processed foods. We fully believe in indulging your cravings every now and then, but remember to nourish your body! Eat whole foods like sweet potatoes, broccoli, blueberries, and spinach, and healthy fats like avocados, nuts, and fish. And of course, remember to drink plenty of water every day! Not only is this great for your overall health, but it’s highly beneficial for your skin. The nutrients in these foods help our skin stay supple and moisturized, while also reducing inflammation and boosting collagen production.
Don’t Skip SPF!
Just because we’re spending a lot of time inside these days doesn’t mean you can ditch your SPF. Whether you’re sitting near a window all day or taking daily walks, your skin is still exposed to the harmful rays of the sun. The sun’s UVA rays can penetrate window glass and cloud cover. It’s recommended to wear an SPF of at least 30 factor every day to block UVB rays. If you use chemical exfoliants or retinol in your skincare routine, your skin will be extra sensitive to the sun, so that SPF is even more important.
Even if you’re taking a break from makeup during social distancing, cleansing your face should still be a part of your skincare routine. Cleansing removes a whole lot more than makeup! Oil, dirt, pollutants, sweat, and skincare product residue can all build up on your skin throughout the day. If you have dry skin and don’t cleanse, your skin will likely get drier. If your skin is oily, not cleansing will just lead to more oil production and breakouts. Find a gentle, simple cleanser that works for you and avoid breakouts, dryness, and dullness. Your skin will be grateful!
If you want to give your skin an instant glow, exfoliation is a great way to get the job done. Exfoliation removes dull, dry skin, and also keeps blemishes and clogged pores at bay. Regular exfoliation also helps your skincare products work more effectively, boosts circulation, promotes anti-aging and helps even skin tone. Whether you choose between a physical exfoliant like a face scrub or mask or a chemical exfoliant like an acid serum, make sure you’re not exfoliating more than two to three times a week. For a safe and effective exfoliating product, look for ingredients like glycolic and lactic acid and plant enzymes like pineapple, papaya, and pomegranate!
Learn More About Beauty At Home!
Make learning about beauty a part of your at-home routine! Raphael’s School of Beauty Culture, Inc. is temporarily offering online enrollment and virtual tours to help support your dreams from a distance. Call us today for details about starting your future in cosmetology or esthetics. We can’t wait to hear from you!