Isolation has taken its toll in more ways than one: The lack of social interaction, the desire to have 4 glasses of wine before 10am and excessive banana bread baking before it even hits Wednesday and we binge out on takeaway pizza.
Going into isolation, we all thought this would be a great time to start practicing self care and allowing our hair and skin to reap the quarantine benefits. However, has anyone else noticed that their skin is not glowing how we presumed it would be after weeks of no make up AND being exposed to less pollution? US TOO!
Why is this happening?
Some of us are falling into a routine without realising. We are not changing the sheets as much as we should and a lot of us are ordering more greasy take aways as we find ourselves struggling to cook 3 times a day. We are not cleansing our face at night like we would after a full day of make up and forgetting to moisturise just because we are not leaving the house; all of this is having an effect on our skin.
The finer details
Bacteria gathers on sheets, pillows and furniture – as most of us are spending more time at home we need to clean our sheets more to allow our skin to breathe. Takeaways and unhealthy food choices are also a massive contributor to bad skin during this time, in addition to not showering straight away after a home workout. It’s just as important to keep a routine now and to choose to look after yourself, both physically and mentally.
How do I improve my skincare routine?
So, how do I improve my skincare routine you ask? We have listed 8 skincare products below that we recommend, for isolation and after. Depending on your skin type, you need to find products that are best for you so always check the product descriptions and see what variations you can find to best suit your individual needs!
The Ordinary: Hyaluronic Acid £5.90 – this is a cheap and easy way to help moisturise your skin with vitamin B5 to increase efficacy and to heal dry and damaged areas. Apply in the morning and evening!
Caudalie: Instant Detox Mask £22 – this mask is GENIUS! This eliminates dead skin cells and literally makes your skin glow. Use twice a week and leave on for 5-10 minutes for best results. Trust us, once you use this you will be addicted.
Estee Lauder: Advanced Night Repair Serum 30ml £58 – you make think this is a little pricey for skincare but it’s completely worth the money in the long run. Not only does this serum reduce the signs of ageing, it evens out skin tone and gives it a natural radiance. It’s a yes from us!
Clinique: For Men, Charcoal Face Wash 200ml £18 – cleansing the skin is so important for both women and men even in isolation! Containing natural charcoal, this face wash removes excess oil and dirt and softens the skin.
Kiehl’s: Ultra Facial Cream 50ml £26 – This moisturiser lasts for up to 24h, need we say more? It helps strengthen the skins barrier and helps maintain moisture.
Charlotte Tilbury: Magic Night Cream 15ml £30 – this is called magic for a reason! It works hour by hour as you sleep for hydrated and glowing skin. It includes Vitamin E and Retinol.
Kiehl’s: Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free Toner 250ml £19 – Facial toner for sensitive and dry skin! Use this to remove any leftover cleanser or makeup – or just to freshen up your skin! It smells AMAZING.
Garnier: Micellar Water 400ml £5.99 – cheap, cheerful and IT WORKS! An all in one make up remover and cleanser that was made for sensitive skin. You can get up to 200 uses from one bottle so you don’t have to keep purchasing!
We hope you find some of these product recommendations useful, even if this just encourages you to look after your skin more during this time! Let us know your skincare routine and what you are doing for your physical and mental health during isolation!