You may have spent a lot of time making sure your body is being kept active during our COVID closure, but let’s take a moment and talk about another pretty important organ – your skin. I am pretty sure that during this pandemic, skincare is furthest from your mind. However, our skin’s condition is actually a very practical visual cue to how well our body is handling the stress.
You’re probably already doing a lot of things to keep your immune system in prime condition like staying hydrated, eating as much fresh or frozen produce in lots of different colours – bonus! These things also keep your skin healthy. But what else can we be doing? Here I will share my top pandemic skin care tips and home care strategies.
START SUPPLEMENTING. Due to the state of our grocery stores right now, we might be eating only what’s available, not what’s best for our skin (and that’s completely OK). Simply taking a daily multi-vitamin is a great way to fill in nutritional and mineral gaps.
DRINK HERBAL TEAS. Green tea during the day and a Rooibos tea at night. Rooibos has more healthy antioxidants than even green tea and it’s naturally caffeine-free, making it perfect for a cosy evening treat.
HOME CARE STRATEGIES
Still have a spa day when your spa is closed. I always tell my clients that home care is vital for great skin. Facials are amazing and extremely helpful, but if you’re not using professional home care, the results aren’t going to last as long. If we use the 80/20 rule, facials are 20% and home-care is 80%.
SERUMS ARE A MUST. Serums are the hardest working product you can use. The small molecules penetrate into the skin and get work done. Apply your serums on your chest, neck and face. Any extra use on the back of your hands.
EXFOLIATE. Do a weekly exfoliate. I always use mine in the shower because the steam makes them work a little better and it’s easy to rinse off. Add in a weekly mask.
HOMEMADE FACE MASK RECIPE
Oatmeal Turmeric Face Mask
Turmeric has amazing antioxidant properties and oatmeal is soothing and moisturising. Use this mask to brighten and hydrate your skin.
½ cup oats
2tbs healthy oil (jojoba or avocado)
Optional – 2tbs honey for antibacterial properties
Blend the oats and turmeric in a coffee grinder or food processor until it’s a coarse powder consistency.
In a bowl, mix together the oats and turmeric with the oil (and honey if using), add water till you get a spreadable paste consistency. Spread it on your face with your hands or with the back of a spoon. Leave on for 5-10 minutes and rinse completely. Finish with your serums and a moisturiser and enjoy your glowing skin.
THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO?
Stay home however much you can. Wash your hands. Choose FaceTime over real-life meetings. Let’s flatten the curve with these measures, so we can see each other in the flesh sooner rather than later.
Together, we’re going to get through this stronger than ever!