Simple tips to follow

Whether you’ve been working from home for a while or this is your first week, your body and mind has to adjust to a new routine. This includes your skincare ritual. It might seem easy to break away from your usual habits and disregard certain steps in favour of something easier, but this time in isolation can be a great catalyst to switching things up.

Rebecca Treston is one of Dubai’s go-to skincare experts and has put together some tips for ensuring your skin emerges from this unprecedented time looking flawless and fabulous.

Follow a daily routine

If you aren’t wearing makeup because you aren’t going to work, do not double cleanse, one cleanse is enough because you don’t want to overdo it and eliminate all the natural oils from the skin.

Tone with a gentle product such as rise water to balance the pH of the skin. During the day, apply antioxidants such products that have Vitamins C &E, which will give your skin a glow, but more importantly, will combat any exposure to free radicals. Ensure you use a product that has Hyaluronic Acid to deeply moisturise the skin and follow this step with a skin-specific moisturiser to sooth your skin.

In the evening cleanse and use a mild acid toner to exfoliate the skin so that your skin can repair overnight. This will be a Vitamin A-based or Retinol-based product or something that has AHAs or BHAs, depending on your skin type. Moisturise with either Vitamin E or moisturising cream to help repair your skin. Use a weekly face mask suited to your skin.

Fresh air is important

Do regular exerciser to get the oxygen pumping around your body. Following a healthy diet nurtures your skin, mind and body all at the same time. Use this time to reconnect with those you love as this will make you feel good.

There are some key points you should remember

  • Try to get some fresh air daily, even if it just opening your window
  • Do some deep breathing or meditation, to calm yourself and keep stress at bay
  • Remember that less is more; don’t overdo your skincare regime just because you are at home and have the time. Continue to use the products that have been prescribed to you by your skincare specialist. This should include products rich in Vitamins C and E (antioxidants) during the day, and Vitamin A (retinol) and E (moisturising) in the evening.
  • Add in a couple of masks per week, and perhaps a light acid peel you can buy online.
  • If your fruit and veggies are getting overripe and are about to spoil—be creative with creating home masks. Avocado is good for hydration, oatmeal and honey is good for a hydrating glow. Papaya has a nice natural enzyme good for light exfoliation. Do some research and see what you can use from what you have around the house.

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