There has been a marked increase in people reporting problems with their skin throughout lockdown with acne and dry skin being some of the most common concerns.
Dr Susan Mayou, Consultant Dermatologist at the Cadogan Clinic, was featured in the Independent sharing her insight on the causes for lockdown skin concerns. Below she gives advice to help remedy the effects that staying inside is having on our skin:
There are a number of reasons why people are experiencing skin issues. Most people are spending much more time indoors than ever before with only an hour of outdoor exercise. Fresh air is very restorative, enabling the skin to breathe more efficiently and remove toxins, so the reduction in time spent outside could be to the detriment of our skin.
Additional factors such as not adhering to the normal, pre-Covid skincare routine can be very impactful on our skin health – just because you aren't wearing makeup every day doesn't mean you don't need to cleanse!
Another factor that can contribute to skin concerns is the amount of sleep we are having. Many of us are enjoying Netflix binges, safe in the knowledge that we can enjoy a very speedy bed to desk work commute the next day but this reduction in sleep can play a huge role in skin health.
In the uncertain times we are living in, many of us have understandably experienced heightened levels of stress and anxiety, both of which are recognised triggers for inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne.
Many of us drinking more alcohol in the evening (the wine shelves at the supermarket have certainly indicated an increase in consumption!). Alcohol can cause our skin to become dry and can also cause puffiness in the face and increased wrinkly appearance. Alcohol can also deprive your skin of vital vitamins and nutrients and dull the complexion, so be mindful of how much alcohol you are drinking. It's a good idea to alternate your drinks with water to avoid dehydration and keep hydrated throughout the day, drinking at least 2 litres of water each day.
To help improve the health of your skin throughout lockdown, it's important to maintain your typical skincare routine which includes cleansing in the morning and evening before applying skincare.
Invest in some good sleep with some early nights and keep up regular outdoor exercise. It's also important to continue wearing SPF to give you the very best protection against sun damage when venturing outdoors.