Joggers are now a power-dressing piece, Zoom calls are becoming the norm and bras? They’re a thing of the past. With all days merging into one, it’s becoming increasingly harder to follow a routine, yet some sort of structure can definitely help us keep sane.
I don’t know about you, but my beauty routine acts like some sort of biological clock that helps my body differentiate between AM and PM. Somewhere in between scrolling through embarrassing amounts of TikTok videos and clicking the ‘Still Watching’ button on Netflix, my fingers still find the strength to scoop some moisturizer out of the pot – at least most days.
The question is, however, should we bother with our beauty regimes when spending more time indoors? Without the usual daily rush and the exposure to pollution and sunlight, it can be tempting to ditch what once was rigorous skincare routine. Experts, however, advise otherwise…
Despite multiple sources revealing that pollution levels have dropped, free radicals – aka the small particles and dust and grime from the atmosphere – are definitely just as prevalent indoors as they are outside. They can cause inflammation, clog your pores and lead to nasty breakouts. Add in the SPF you (hopefully) still wear on a daily basis (we’ll get to that in a second) and all the sebum and bacteria gathering on your face, and you’ve got yourself a cleanser-craving complexion. Even if you have decided to go makeup-free for the foreseeable, experts still advise you cleanse morning and evening to prevent dullness and remove any nasties from the surface of the skin.
Should you wear SPF indoors? Absolutely! One of the most common misconceptions is that you can ditch sunscreen if you aren’t spending time outside. Despite most windows blocking UVB rays, UVA – which affect the deeper layers of the skin – can still penetrate through glass. Additionally, the blue light emitted by screens can be just as damaging for your complexion as sun exposure, so don’t skimp on your SPF when working from home. Experts say a factor 30 at least should be a must, and you will need to reapply it throughout the day if your workspace is by a window hit directly by sunlight.
Show your skin some TLC
With more time on your hands, you can definitely indulge in some beauty treats and help your skin recover from all those crammed dusty commutes and prolonged exposure to environmental stress. Whether you want to bring the big guns out with a targeted treatment (such as a skin paste) or soothe inflammation with a calming facemask, there are lots of ways you can give your skin some well-deserved TLC and boost that much-desired glow. Pop on some cooling eye patches, make yourself a cup of tea and give your complexion all the goodness it needs.
If you’re not using retinol already and are looking to incorporate it into your skincare routine, this is probably the best time to start experimenting. Known to improve the skin’s elasticity and bounciness by stimulating collagen production, retinol is a wonder ingredient hailed by a lot of skincare experts. It can also help retexturise your skin, regulate sebum production and mildly exfoliate, revealing a smoother, brighter-looking complexion. As a rule of thumb, it is advised that you start with a mild formula and build your way to more potent ones gradually to avoid any flakiness and sensitivity. Also, try to refrain from using it too often – once or twice a week should be enough for a little complexion pick-me-up, and you can mix it into a moisturizer or oil if your skin is particularly sensitive.
Skipping this step can be tempting when spending more time indoors, but experts recommend you still use some sort of exfoliator at least once a week to remove the build-up of dead skin cells and keep your complexion radiant. Whether you like physical exfoliators or prefer to use acids, make some room in your routine for this step every now and again as it is bound to do wonders for your skin. Exfoliation helps clear clogged pores, evens out your skin tone and reduces unevenness and patchiness; the rest of your skincare products will also absorb like a dream afterwards and you might even notice a boost in their efficacy.
By Maria Bita