When life gives us lemons, make lemonade. How many times have we heard that one? Well with Covid-19, life has given us lemons and lemons and more lemons. So, let’s make some lemonade.
What do you see when you look in the mirror? Are the lines a little deeper? The skin a little looser? The eyes puffier, the skin discolored? These are some of the signs that your face is telling you that stress is taking its toll so its time to take a break and take care of you.
Since most of us are homebound, and when we do go out we’re wearing, or should be wearing a mask, the need to put on makeup has pretty much been relegated to a non-essential part of our daily routine. That’s the good news. The better news is that now you have more time to put into taking care of your skin.
Stress : wrecking havoc from the inside out
First, let’s look at how stress affects the skin and its ability to function. When we get stressed, our bodies go into high alert, our blood pressure and energy levels rise, and our bodies turn off functions that are not essential to survival. All of this is happening while our bodies release hormones designed to help us survive a life-threatening situation. Constant worrying can trigger the same stress response levels as if we’re in an actual significant physical threat situation.
From our body’s perspective, our skin, hair and nails are non-essential to survival and therefore diverts vitamins and minerals over to support the body’s metabolic processes and the production of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. Elevated and ongoing stress can wreak havoc from the inside out, which is why our skin serves as an external barometer to what is going on inside of us.
Five minutes or 45, find your routine
Finding and adhering to a routine that addresses your specific skin stress symptoms will give you the tools to work with to prevent, or at the very least, to slow down the aging effects of stress. It doesn’t matter if your routine is 5 minutes or 45 minutes, the four things that you should be doing daily is wash your face, apply a serum, give your eyes some love and moisturize.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re using high end department store brands or drugstore brands, you should use products that are made specifically for the face, because the skin on the face is thinner and more delicate than the body. Also, its more susceptible to attacks from free radicals, both indoors and outside.
In addition to using products made for the face and neck, application is key to seeing results, so check out the demonstration videos below.
Always start your skincare routine with a makeup-free face. It’s better to use a specified makeup remover so that your skin is bare for cleansing.
This first step in your daily routine rids dirt, oils and other impurities from your skin. I recommend using your hands as clothes can be harsh and leave tears on the surface of the skin.
Gently pat your skin dry.
Serums are a lightweight treatment that contains a higher proportional concentration of active ingredients that gives your skin a firmer, smoother texture. They minimize the look of pores and improves the moisture barrier leaving your skin more supple, softer and younger looking.
If you’re not using a serum you need to add it to your skin care arsenal.
Eye love is very important. Use a cream that is made for the eye area to minimize any sensitivity.
It’s essential to use a product made for the eye are because it will stay in place and protect sensitive eyes from other products that do move such as serums and moisturizers.
A moisturizer should be applied in the morning to protect your skin from free radicals that cause early aging and at night to repair the damage from the day. Night creams work with the body’s natural cell regeneration which is more efficient at night when the body is at rest.
Moisturizers also provide hydration which all skin types need and they lock in the benefits of your serum.
Finally, don’t forget to protect your investment with a sunscreen. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends a minimum SPF of 30 on both the face and the body.