We are living in the middle of the pandemic and this year we all had to adjust our lives to the new social guidance and regulations. Using the face masks was one of the most important step to take in order to protect yourself and the society of a new breakdown of the Coronavirus.
- Use lukewarm or cold water to wash your face. For me, colder water is like a breath of fresh air, anyway. Especially after a long day of work! Hot water can increase the damage to your skin and make things worse.
- Moisturize often. Every chance I get, I take my mask off and wash my face and moisturize again. It took me a long time to find the perfect moisturizer for my skin type, but once I found it, I use it and abuse it, especially now in the cold season. The face masks create a moist environment that is drying out the skin and causes irritation and acne.
- You can use oily, heavy moisturisers at night. I like to use a serum and seal with an oily moisturizer at bed time as it gives my skin a boost and keeps it hydrated at all times. Also, you can use a weekly hydrating mask.
- Use a regular skin care routine. Just as simple as cleansing, exfoliating, toning and hydrating the skin twice a day can make a huge difference. Before the pandemic I can’t say that I had a routine for caring for my skin, but the severe reactions on my face from using the face masks at all times made me realize I need one, even if these requirements are lifted. I am getting closer to my 30s and a regular skin care routine is a MUST. The earlier you start one, the better for your skin, but what can I say, I was a lazy one and never bothered in even trying. But you should!
- Leave those pimples alone. Don’t try to squeeze and pop them. It will only irritate your face more and leave marks and redness visible for days.
- Use acne products. The safest option to improve your skin and get rid of acne is in using a product designed for that. If you are not sure which one is best for your skin type, ask a pharmacist and get the best one for you.
- Skip the makeup when using a face mask as it clogs the pores and creates the perfect environment for breakouts.
I must say it out loud, my face is not smooth, is not perfect, and it never was, but it improved significantly since I started to look after it with these steps. The pandemic brought the worst and I had terrible problems with my skin this year, but it taught me a lot as well and I adapted to the new conditions and learnt to live a bit more stress free.