As the COVID-19 Circuit Breaker measures kick in, more people are working from home and staying indoors for most of the day. And for those skipping makeup, this can be a time-saver in the morning as you will spend less time getting ready for work. This could also be a good thing for your skin – as you get to focus more on the skincare aspect of your daily routine.
Even though you’re working from home, your skincare regime is still valuable to ensure your skin remains as healthy as possible. It can be tempting to get a little lazy with your skincare routine, but consistency is key to keep your skin on track. This will help to prevent any congestion, clogged pores and dehydrated complexion that can risk breakouts.
Keeping up with your day-to-day skincare routine helps to keep your skin stay calm, clear and shielded from external elements. Sunscreen is still a necessary part of your routine to wear at home, especially if you are near windows. UVA rays can continue to penetrate through glass – and these rays are responsible for photo-ageing.
Even if you’re outside for a short 15 to 30-minute walk to do your grocery shopping or head for your morning jog, the UV rays can work fast in damaging unprotected skin. UVA rays can also penetrate through the clouds during cloudy days and expose your skin to sun damage.
While SPF is high on the list when it comes to skin protection, hydrating your skin should also be prioritised when working from home. Lightweight moisturisers and hyaluronic acid serums work effectively to replenish the skin’s natural hydration levels and combat the drying effects of air conditioning at home. It will also prevent dehydration, which in turn causes excess sebum to be produced in order to compensate the lack of hydration in the skin. The overproduction of sebum in a follicle can cause the pore to get clogged together with dead skin cells and other impurities, leading to various forms of acne.
Acne has a way of popping up when you are feeling stressed out. This can be attributed to the fact that stress produces a chemical reaction in the body that can wreak havoc on the skin, which causes sensitivity and inflammation. The stress hormone, cortisol, is released thus causing the skin to produce more oil and be susceptible to breakouts. High levels of cortisol can also weaken the immune system which you can begin seeing your skin conditions get exacerbated. It’s tough to avoid stress during these uncertain times, but besides keeping your mental health in check, you can also stop the habit of touching your face, keep a healthy diet and get plenty of sleep for your body to fight back against breakouts.
4. Pamper yourself
As non-essential businesses are closed during Singapore’s Circuit Breaker period, you can give your skin some TLC treatment at home to maintain its condition. The stress from homebound working can take its toll on you and your skin. Combat any dullness, fatigue and inflammation on the skin by opting for a facial mask during your downtime. Not only does it put you in a relaxing state, it will also help to decongest your pores, remove excess dead skins and nourish your skin with beneficial ingredients. Use a mask that is focused on your current needs, be it dryness or acne. Remove it after the instructed duration and continue with your daily skincare routine.
At Aesthetics Central Clinic, we offer skin solutions for various needs including ageing and acne treatment. The Q Switch laser is one such treatment we use to clear acne, by eliminating the P.acnes bacteria on the skin, minimise secretion of sebaceous glands and reduce inflammation of affected pores. The settings of the laser can be adjusted to different frequencies to provide a tailored solution to different skin conditions. For acne scar removal, the Secret RF offers 1-3 days of downtime to remove depressed acne scars, improve fine lines, and provide a skin-lifting effect through a non-surgical method. It can apply controlled RF energy up to 3.5mm deep which makes it an effective acne scar treatment that brings results.
Contact our clinic today to find out more!