by Aneequa Godart
A common cause of breakouts in lockdown is stress. During uncertain and stressful times, our bodies produce more cortisol, a hormone which is part of our ‘fight or flight’ mechanism’ and is released when we are facing challenges. As a side effect, it prompts our skin to produce excess sebum. This is when the oil clogs the pores and causes inflammation—something that leads to acne. Something as simple as a gentle yoga class, taking a bath, using a meditation app or reading a book before bed can help you to unwind and relax.
2: Stick to an easy to use skincare regime
For some of us, our daily schedule has gone out of the window during the last few weeks and it may be that you are going to bed late, and too tired to maintain your usual skincare routine. You may not be wearing makeup these days, but oil and dirt can build up on the skin during the day, which can block the pores and contribute to acne. Find a simple to use regime that works for you, with effective products. We love the DermaQuest Acne Management kit, which conveniently has everything you need in one box and really works.
3: Don’t forget the SPF
If you’re lucky enough to have a garden or balcony at this time, it’s great to get your daily dose of vitamin D by getting out for around 10-3o minutes, but do ensure that you have on your sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. This will help to reduce the effects of sun damage to the skin including sun spots or pigmentation- but also more seriously it can help to reduce the risk of skin cancers. The two that we love are DermaQuest’s Sheer Zinc Clear SPF 30 (great for acne), or Youth Protection SPF 30 (perfect for sensitive skins and anti-ageing).
4: You are what you eat
It’s easy to turn to comfort food when you’re stuck at home. Snacking more than usual on sugary, refined or processed foods can also contribute to breakouts. Basically all the white stuff we like eating for comfort, so white pasta, white rice, potatoes, and white bread etc. A quick way to get all of your nutrients in, is to blitz up a fresh juice or smoothie. Vitamin C has been found to have excellent effects on your skin. It acts as a potent antioxidant which can neutralise the damage caused by free radicals. Vitamin C aids the natural regeneration process of your skin and helps your body repair damaged skin cells. Kale, kiwi, orange, papaya and strawberries are all packed full of this vitamin.
5: Have a home spa experience
Until the time that we can open our doors for your long-awaited treatments, why not have a DIY spa afternoon? If you have a couple of extra hours in your day at the moment, it is a really good time to incorporate a facial massage into your cleansing routine as it can help with circulation. Your body can’t get rid of toxins if it’s not circulating properly, which can lead to more breakouts. You can also use a jade roller, and add a serum or a facial mask for that extra pampering touch! We rate the DermaQuest Essential B5 Serum, which has an extra antioxidant kick with the Ferulic Acid content for those needing that little bit extra!