Working from home and being on lockdown certainly has its downsides, but one of the perks is that with nowhere to be, no one to see, and no need to wear makeup, now’s the perfect time to give your skin some round the clock TLC.
Scroll down to discover how to target your biggest skin concern with our WFH skincare hacks.
If you’re prone to dryness then chances are being inside is probably exacerbating your dry skin (thanks to central heating) so if your skin feels tight and has rough patches, treat it to a nourishing face oil massage on a daily basis. Just as you would in the evening, apply an oil as the final step in your morning skincare routine and ensure that you have enough slip to massage. Use your fingertips, knuckles, or a device like a jade roller or gua sha to gently massage the oil in. You can do so for as long as you like, and can even add more oil and do more massage as the day progresses. A great way to multitask as you binge watch a boxset.
If you have oily skin then you already know the benefits of a good clay-based face mask – namely, absorbing excess oil, clearing dead skin cells, and treating blemishes. But applying a face mask is no longer an activity reserved for evenings and weekends. While a face mask everyday would be way too much for your skin, make the most of your time at home to ensure you’re doing one 2-3 times a week – apply it only in areas that need it to avoid drying out areas that don’t. The result? Pores are kept clear, reducing the build-up that causes congestion, breakouts, and shiny patches.
Treating breakout-prone skin just got a whole lot easier because now you don’t have to wait until the evening to paint your face in a constellation of your favourite spot treatment. Our OG fave, Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion will stop lurking under-the-skin spots in their tracks, while Zitsticka’s spot patches will put a swift end to any that have already broken through (they’re also pretty much Zoom call-proof), and if your T-zone is a hotspot, Oh K!’s Pore Strips will help to prevent blackheads from escalating.
Now’s a great time to get serious about sorting out scarring and pigmentation because a lot of the ingredients needed for these kinds of treatments require skin to have some downtime (i.e. no makeup) for a number of days. Whether you opt for the AHA route (glycolic acid), retinol, or microneedling, you’ll see best results from consistent and regular use – it can take up to three months to see the benefits. Just remember, you’ll still need your SPF. Treatments like these make skin more sensitive to UV damage, so be sure to apply SPF daily, especially if you’re going outside or sat near a window.
Like dry skin, dehydrated skin is also easily triggered by being inside for long periods of time. If your skin is starting to look a little dull and tired, stock your fridge full of sheet masks and reschedule your Zoom calls to voice chats (because these ones do not look cute on camera). Soaked in hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and ceramides, sheet masks are the skincare equivalent of drinking eight large glasses of water a day – but with more obvious results. Don’t forget to squeeze the leftover serum out of the packet for an extra hydration boost.
Having the time at home to identify how your skin is looking and understand what it needs and how it behaves is a great way to figure out where it sits on the ‘combination’ spectrum. Combination skin isn’t as easy to treat in one go as other skin concerns – but there is one key ingredient that will be able to address the variety of concerns you might have – salicylic acid. It not only helps to buff away patches of dry skin, but as an oil-soluble acid can break through the bacteria, sebum, and dead skin cell buildup that cause breakouts and oily patches.