Everyone is using this strange time differently. There’s no guidebook on what to do with yourself during a pandemic, so if you’re super productive, great! If you’re just trying to stay sane, that’s okay too! The most important thing is taking care of yourself.
Having said that, if you’re anything like us, you have a habit of saying you’ll improve your skincare routine all the time, without ever doing it. Now, you finally have the time to put a few extra minutes each day into some self-care. That’s why we’re giving you ten skin care tips you may not have known about before!
1. Sleep for your skin
Getting rest is always important, but how you’re doing it also makes a difference. Sleeping on your back prevents contact between your face and the pillow, which can help advance the appearance of wrinkles. Additionally, adding an extra pillow under your head helps drain any fluid that is causing puffy eyes!
You might think the skin on your face is all the same, but in reality, different areas need different care. That’s why multi-masking is such a good idea. Thick creams are a good route for most of your face, but try out glycolic acid on your T-zone to help reduce breakouts!
3. Exfoliate with the Seasons
Exfoliation is a good thing, but you know what they say: you can have too much of a good thing. To avoid drying out your skin, try exfoliating a few times a week in the summer and just once a week once it gets cold in the winter.
4. Buff It Out
Speaking of exfoliation, try body buffering once a week by scrubbing your body with a dry brush. Afterwards, apply a creamy lotion for moisture and to prevent flaking.
5. Tea Time
Tea is packed with antioxidants that can slow the aging process. It’s best to look for teas that are packed with things like vitamin C and CoQ10! (Hint: green tea is always a great go-to.)
6. Get a Little Sour
Because of its lactic acid and fat content, sour cream is the base for a great at-home face mask. Many recipes recommend mixing a few tablespoons of sour cream with half a banana and one tablespoon of honey. Depending on you and your goals, leave it on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing it off, and be sure to use sunscreen regularly since this can increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight.
7. Make Eye Cream Your Multi-Mask
Eye creams tend to be a little more concentrated than regular skin creams so that you can use them on other wrinkle-prone areas as well! Try applying a little eye cream to your nasal labial folds, around your lips, and in between your brows!
8. Defend Yourself from the Sun
We’re all a little desperate for some Vitamin D right now, even if we can’t get outside as much as we’d like. If you have a sunny window to sit next to, that’s great! But remember, glass doesn’t stop harmful UV rays, so be sure to apply sunscreen if you’re planning to sit in a sunroom all day or go for a long drive!
9. Eat Right
Getting enough protein and minerals like zinc, copper, and selenium is crucial for skin health because all of these things promote collagen production and skin elasticity. Try adding something like lean beef, chickpeas, chicken, beans, dried fruits, and nuts to your diet, and you should be in good shape!
10. Be Salty
Sea salt isn’t just for seasoning your food; it also can help pull oil from your pores. To reduce inflammation surrounding a zit, combine sea salt and water so that it makes a paste, and apply this directly to the zit. Let it sit for about an hour (or less, if you have sensitive skin) and then rinse it off!
There’s never been a better time to invest in yourself! Try out a few of these tips so you can show off the best skin of your life once you’re out and about again!