Stuck with Quarantine Skin?
Here’s how to deal with it.
In theory, quarantine sounded like a great way for our skin to take a break and relax from the stress of our normal lives. We expected that we would see better results from practicing self-care techniques at home and avoiding wearing daily makeup. However, why is it that so many of us are experiencing new skincare complaints, not the opposite? Here are a few of the main reasons why, and what you can do about each to get your skin on the road to recovery.
It’s no secret that we have all in some way been affected by COVID-19 … there have been significant life changes made in the past few months for the vast majority of us which can cause stress. Stress in the body can release the hormone cortisol which is released into the glands in our skin that create oily substances leading to an increase in breakouts. How you handle stress is different for everyone, but if you can find an outlet, your skin will thank you in the long run.
2- Indoor Climate
This is probably one of the largest players in the dry skin game. Now throw in the fact that we are all washing our hands and faces more frequently, and boom! You’ve got really dry, damaged skin. Our air conditioning consists of dry cooled air, and it is uncommon for most households to use a humidifier. At home, consider purchasing a humidifier to thicken the air and give some of that moisture back to your skin for a more plump and hydrated look. Additionally, use a thicker moisturizer that has hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a game-changer because this substance binds to water to help retain the moisture and lubrication in your skin in order to avoid being dull and dry. As we age, the amount of hyaluronic acid we produce decreases and requires supplementation.
3- Irregular Sleep Routines
All jokes aside, it’s called beauty sleep for a reason! While you sleep, your body produces and releases collagen which keeps your skin smooth and supple. Changes to your sleep routine interrupt this process because the body struggles to make up for lost time and inconsistency. It’s totally expected that staying at home more often might throw off your regular routines and habits, you may find yourself napping, staying up later, or not waking up at a consistent time. It’s easier said than done, but making some active attempts to keep a more consistent routine in place will help your body make the most of the time spent asleep.
There are a few things you can do to help rejuvenate your skin at home, but it is important to treat yourself to a routine backed by science and delivered by professionals to finish off your look. Take for example microchanneling, a non-invasive skin rejuvenation therapy using a small handheld device to create tiny perforations in your outermost layer of skin, stimulating the production and release of collagen. Collagen helps your skin appear youthful and fresh, giving that vibrant look to your appearance. This process is generally helpful for those who struggle with fine lines and dullness to their face. Microchanneling helps to tighten the skin and serve as an anti- aging regimen, as well. The best part is that there is no downtime associated with this new technology. You will see results instantly and can treat several areas on your body that pose a concern.
Another important therapy to consider for your skin would be an IV therapy to rehydrate your body and give yourself a beauty boost. You may consider asking your provider for a solution with Glutathione, a natural antioxidant known to your body to help cells regenerate. Glutathione is an excellent source for healthier skin because it improves the skin’s elasticity. If used regularly, you will reap the benefits of having that “glowing” look that we are all searching for. Another important ingredient to consider asking your provider for would be Biotin, a natural substance to make hair, skin, and nails healthier and stronger. When these ingredients are mixed with saline and delivered to your body, you are not only giving yourself a beauty kick, but you are hydrating yourself as well.
If there are still some areas of concern once you’ve put these steps in place, speak with your provider about dermal fillers and/or Botox to finish off your look. Some wrinkles are stubborn and need the needle to achieve the desired results. Fillers contain hyaluronic acid to create more volume and change the cosmetic appearance of your skin. Botox is a muscle relaxant, therefore it will treat areas prone to wrinkles such as your forehead and around the eyes.
Ask your provider about any of these therapies mentioned, and you will soon be on the way to a more refreshed look, and dismiss those quarantine skin concerns.
BY TIFFANY ROSENBERG, RN
Tiffany Rosenberg is a Registered Nurse in San Antonio, TX where she was born and raised. She is a Certified Aesthetic Nurse Injector with a passion for the community and helping others feel more confident in themselves. She loves to travel, paint, and blog in her free time. You can follow Tiffany on Instagram @nursetiffanyaesthetics.