We’ve all been adapting to a new normal — beauty routines included. Along with our new heavy-duty handwashing and sanitising, we’ve got used to wearing masks on the daily. 2020-birthed beauty terms such as the ‘quath’ (quarantine bath) and the very real ‘maskne’ (acne caused by wearing a mask) have also started entering our vocabulary.
So, as COVID-19-spurred skin problems have become new fixtures, we break down three common issues and give you the arsenal of skincare saviours you need to tackle them.
1. Stressed Skin
Problem: The situation is causing elevated levels of chronic stress and self-deprivation. While this comes with its own set of well-being issues, it also means your complexion can become more sensitised. This will start showing up as redness, dry patches, dullness, flare-ups, tired eyes, fine lines, wrinkles and puffiness.
Solution: Your skin needs to be restored to a state of calmness, which means putting down the harsh, aggressive and potently active treatment (strong retinoids and chemical peels, we’re looking at you). Instead, opt for non-abrasive, nourishing skincare products that soothe, heal and restore, such as rich creams and hyaluronic acid-enriched masks. Along with an eye cream to de-puff, you can also give your skin a better chance of draining fluid faster by sleeping elevated on a pillow.