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Change can be weird, and it’s happening to our skin. Here’s what to do about it.
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
Shield your skin from blue light
… Because it penetrates the skin deeper than UVA and UVB to cause pigmentation. Add a serum to your
morning routine, like Chantecaille Blue Light Protection Hyaluronic Serum (and read about it here), Dr Sturm Anti-Pollution Drops
or Mecca Cosmetica Anti-Pollution
Serum. For a day cream, try BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Defence SPF15+.
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.
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:
“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.
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.
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.
For more on devices, read our story about how to find the best one for you here.
“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.
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.
“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
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