Due to the rapid spread of coronavirus, most of us are self-isolating or quarantining at home with our four walls for company.
While staying at home is in the best interest of public health, remaining indoors for a long time can wreak havoc on our skin. After all, most of us are used to leaving the house almost daily, welcoming fresh air onto our faces.
But don’t worry. If you’re aware of how staying indoors can negatively affect your skin, there are ways to treat it to avoid unintended skin damage. Here’s how to keep your skin clear, glowing and healthy – even when you’re locked up indoors.
Continue to Cleanse
If you’ve been inside all day, it’s easy to believe that it isn’t necessary to wash your face before bedtime. However, it’s important to clean your face both morning and night regardless of whether you’ve left the house or not.
After all, oil builds up on your face throughout the day, and you don’t want to hit the sheets without cleansing it all off. If you don’t, the oil and build-up can transfer onto your pillow, meaning that it wipes onto your face every time you snooze. Yuck!
Avoid Too Much Screen Time
We know, we know. You’re stuck at home bored to tears and all you can think to do is scroll through your ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend’s Instagram feed for the zillionth time.
But staring at your phone for too long can be harmful to your skin. Devices emit blue light, otherwise known as high energy visible (HEV) light and this is known to promote skin issues such as premature aging and dark spots.
Likewise, the physical act of peering down at your phone can hurt your skin too. When you gaze down at the screen, your head bends, folding up the skin on your neck which can encourage early wrinkling.
Avoid ‘tech neck’ by limiting your screen time and thinking consciously at how often you’re bending your neck. Plus, let’s be honest, you should probably stop stalking your ex’s bae by now.
Keep Using SPF
Sadly, you’re not out swanning about in the sun this spring as much as you’d imagined. But at least you can skip the SPF, right?
Wrong. Just because you aren’t frolicking around outside, the sun’s rays can still reach you even when you’re sitting indoors. We know, it’s not fair, is it?
UVA light can penetrate right through window glass, meaning that, unfortunately, you’re still at risk for skin issues like premature aging and skin cancer. That’s even when you’re lounging on your sofa.
To stay safe, apply an SPF product to safely protect yourself from the harmful rays of the sun – even when you’re staying at home all day. We love VDL Advance Protection SPF30 moisturizer. The formula is suitable for all skin types and works to protect your skin from the sun to prevent premature aging.
But if you can catch some daylight while still practicing social distancing, you should make the effort to. After all, a lack of exposure to sunlight can lead to mental health issues such as seasonal affective disorder.
Plus, while it’s not healthy to lie baking outside in the hot sun all day, our bodies do require some UV light exposure to naturally produce vitamin D.
Hey, you could always stand next to the windowsill for a while. Just remember to apply the SPF cream.
Try Not to Touch Your Face
Touching your face with unwashed hands isn’t just one of the easiest ways to spread coronavirus. It’s also one of the best ways to encourage acne breakouts too, which can, in turn, cause scarring or worsen inflammation.
Kill two birds with one stone and keep those fingers from prodding your face.
Hydrate Dry Skin
If you’ve been over-washing your hands and using plenty of hand sanitizer to prevent the spread of coronavirus, you’ve likely dried them out. To keep your hands smooth and supple, be sure to use soothing hand cream regularly after washing.
Dryness could also be impacting your skin. Depending on where in the world you live, you may still be using heat to warm up the home. Constant exposure to that heat can dry skin out, leaving it looking less than luscious.
Use your extra time at home to treat dehydrated skin, investing in products like serums, masks, and creams that are designed to quench thirsty and tired skin.
VDL Hydra Gel works wonders to promote skin that’s soft, plump, and hydrated. The formula is packed full of a specialized blend of antioxidants and moisture-binding ingredients, hydrating the skin while simultaneously reducing inflammation.
Treat Quarantine Time Like a ‘Skin Vacation’
While the coronavirus pandemic is, of course, devastating, we can use quarantine time as an opportunity to give our over-processed skin a break.
How many of us usually wear and remove makeup daily? The answer is a lot, and in time the constant application and removal of makeup can lead to skin issues. Now that we’re confined indoors, we can strip back our usual routines and welcome the barefaced look.
Give your skin a holiday and wave goodbye to the makeup, at least for a while. You’ll soon feel freer without having layers of product caked onto the skin, plus it will save you plenty of time in the morning too.
For a true skin quarantine holiday, learn how to create your own spa experience in the comfort of your home.