Six ways to improve your daily skincare under lockdown

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Feeling panicked because you’ve missed appointments with your favourite esthetician, or has lockdown just got you feeling like your skin looks a bit blah? Take heed, there are things you can do at home to get that glow. In fact, I’ve got six of them for you.

1. More green tea please

Green Tea contains epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which may help prevent the destruction of collagen that leads to wrinkles in our skin, as well as sun induced DNA damage. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties, which can be soothing to red or blotchy skin. If that’s a problem you face (no pun intended), consider drinking your green tea cold, as hot drinks can worsen redness.

2. Pass the sunscreen

UV rays (specifically, UVA rays) can penetrate through windows, causing wrinkles and browns spots. Pretty worrying when you consider all the time we’re spending in our living rooms, right now. Thankfully, prevention is easy if you switch to a daily moisturiser with spf in it.

3. Don’t stress about it

Stress can take a toll on nearly all parts of our bodies and our skin is no exception. If you’re feeling bogged down with worry and also experiencing a major breakout, that’s no coincidence. Stress increases hormone production in our bodies like cortisol, which can make skin oilier and decrease it’s ability to fight off acne-causing bacteria. To keep stress at bay consider trying stress management techniques like yoga, deep breathing and meditation.

4. But are you taking Vitamin D3?

We all know that vitamin D is essential for strong bones, but did you also know that it helps protect our skin from environmental assault? It’s an essential for good looking healthy skin. So, if you want that healthy skin glow make sure to stock up on Vitamin D3 supplements the next time you’re out.

5. Eat your greens

If you suffer from blotchy skin and are a self-proclaimed carnivore, you’re going to want to listen to this one. Animal protein is an inflammatory, which accelerates aging. Switching to a more plant based diet will make your skin more alkaline, which will reduce blotchiness and irritation. Over time, your skin will hold onto moisture better, be able to better protect itself from pollutants and free radicals and produce more collagen and elastin. Pass the peas, please.

6. Get some shut-eye

When it comes to looking after your skin, getting enough sleep is essential. Our skin repairs itself whilst we sleep. Being sleep deprived puts stress on the body, which causes it to release more adrenaline and cortisol, leading to breakouts and other skin issues. To save your skin the drama, make sure to get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night.

Written by Kris Martinez

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