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Isolation skin is a thing and here’s what to do about it

Change can be weird, and it’s happening to our skin. Here’s what to do about it.

WHAT TO ADD TO YOUR SKINCARE IN ISO

Up your skin’s vitamin D intake

15 minutes of sun exposure allows the body to absorb vitamin D which in turn helps produce vitamin D3, which has anti-inflammatory, healing and anti-oxidative properties. For added benefits when you’re staying more indoors, add vitamin D to your regime with a lightweight daily moisturiser like Goldfaden MD’s Vital Boost. Avocados are also rich in vitamin D, so try avocado-rich skincare like Origins Drink Up™ Intensive Overnight Hydrating Mask with Avocado & Glacier Water or the Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask.

Protect from free radicals and pollutants

Drunk Elephant’s D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops is a bronzy serum that delivers an effortless glow while protecting and defending your skin from harmful pollutants throughout the day.

Topical antioxidants such as vitamin C can help, plus, it’ll brighten your skin (so we can prep for our post-iso lives).

See our picks of vitamin C skincare below:

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For more tips on how to use vitamin C in your skincare, read more here.

ISO SKIN PROBLEM: DRY SKIN AND LOW SKIN HEALTH

Staying indoors with controlled temperatures – heating or air-conditioning – could also mean that your skin is more dry than usual and needs more love. You might need to power-up your moisturiser with added vitamin E.

Try our picks of vitamin E skincare below:

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“I’ve also been recommending niacinamide,” says Lucy Shaw, MECCA’s skin expert. “Niacinamide for everyone! It reduces inflammation and scars after breakouts and is really god for overall skin health.” Her favourites include the CC Me serum from Summer Fridays because in addition to niacinamide is also has vitamin C and squalane to help with the skin barrier, and Drunk Elephant’s F Balm Waterfacial. “It’s like a hydrating facial every night.” To be extra lush – apply Waterfacial and pop on the Angela Caglia rose quartz eye mask.

ISO SKIN PROBLEM: LACK-OF-EXERCISE SKIN

While we know that we should be exercising, the reality is that staying inside means that we’re probably not doing as much. Exercise has so many benefits for the skin, like delivering oxygen-rich blood to the skin. While nothing can replace exercise (by the way we have a list of home workouts here), to flush your skin with oxygen through skincare, try our selection below.

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To improve muscle tone, consider investing in a beauty device—especially since you have more down time at home. From a low-tech but easy-to-use rose quartz roller to the state-of-the-art Dr Dennis Gross SpectraLite, see our picks below.

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For more on devices, read our story about how to find the best one for you here.

ISO SKIN PROBLEM: BREAKOUTS AND ACNE

“One theme I’m really seeing is that a lot of people having iso skin which is stress breakout on their chin, jawline, cheeks,” says Shaw. For customers she’s speaking to on Virtual Services (P.S. book for your own virtual consult here), Shaw has been recommending Dermalogica Age Bright Clearing serum for hormonal breakouts.

For a gentle treatment, try REN CLEARCALM Non-Drying Spot Treatment which also aids in skin recovery.

To keep breakouts at bay, Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Acne Cleanser Treatment is a very satisfying alcohol-free foam cleanser that’s designed for acne-prone skin. After cleansing, apply a thin layer of the Mario Badescu Anti-Acne Serum on acne-prone areas.

For more help on treating acne, read our acne guide here.

IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING, THIS IS WHAT WE SHOULD BE CONTINUING TO DO TO OUR SKIN

Wear SPF

Glass windows only protect the skin from burning UVB rays but not ageing UVA rays. Make wearing Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF50+ Superscreen part of your daily routine, if it isn’t already.

Continue cleansing

“People might think that just because they’re at home, they can skip out on cleansing – you can’t! It sets you up for success,” explains Shaw, who recommends a double cleanse; read about double cleansing here.

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