How to take care of your skin in lockdown
The COVID-19 statewide lockdown is upon us again #sigh
While I’m all about making the best of a bad situation, I understand these few weeks without your fillers and freshen-ups can feel like forever!
No need to despair - I’ve come up with a list of ways to help keep your skin fresh and luscious, and your fillers ‘full’ for longer. Consider it a necessary act of self-care right now…
They weren’t lying when they said to drink eight glasses of water a day, and when you’re looking to extend the life of your fillers, this is more important than ever. I aim for two litres of water daily, which not only helps fillers, but your skin in general. It’s the easiest and most nourishing thing you can do for your skin, lockdown or no lockdown. Fill your water bottle at the start of the day and sip continuously.
Keep your skincare routine
Don’t let the ‘Groundhog Day’ feeling see you slide on your skincare routine. If anything, your skincare regimen is more important now, when trips to the clinic are off the table. Ensure to cleanse and moisturise daily, wear sunscreen, and always wash your make-up off at night.
Be sun safe
Just like when using products with alpha-hydroxy acid, you should limit your sun exposure if you want to maintain your fillers, and support skin safety. This means SPF 50+ every day, wearing a hat, and limiting the amount of direct sunlight your face gets.
Cut back on alcohol & caffeine
This one might be a touch harder given the circumstances! But if you want your fillers and skin to look as lush as possible, you’ll just have to trust me. Caffeine has a dehydrating effect on the body, which in turn affects the skin. This results in things like severe dryness, excessive oiliness, inflammation, and premature aging. As for alcohol, it has an inflammatory effect on the skin. As you can imagine, this inflammation can cause redness, dryness, puffiness, and acne.
Try swapping the afternoon coffee or second glass of wine for a peppermint or chamomile tea, which, as an added bonus, will help soothe your body and keep the stress from popping up on your face. Which brings me to my next point...
Watch out for excessive stress
Do you notice how your face scrunches up and your brow furrows when you’re stressed, angry, or upset? Now consider how much stress we’re under right now - and how that might be affecting your face (and your need for a little injection!).
Take this as a sign to bring a bit of ‘stress free time’ into each day to help calm your nervous system and be more mindful. Start your day with a guided meditation, enjoy a bubble bath, pop on a face mask, and try shutting your phone off in the evenings. Take regular breaks if you’re working (or schooling) from home and carve out some time to do the things that make you smile - not frown!
If you have any questions on keeping your skin fresh and happy during lockdown, you can send me a message and I’d be more than happy to give you some extra advice. My online store is also stocked with some divine goodies to give your skin some TLC until we can get you back in the clinic.