Whilst this global pandemic and being immersed into constant craziness can be very stressful, a good way to relieve these pressures is to use this opportunity (whilst we have more time) to take better care of ourselves. Agreed, a healthy and pretty complexion might not be the biggest of our worries at this moment in time; however, it is good to focus our minds onto something else and whilst we are all staying inside to be safe, now more than ever will be a good time to strip right back and put our skin first.
Letting your skin breathe is essential to the way your skin develops over time. It sounds strange to think that your skin aaactually breathes, but it really does. Did you know that the top layer of your skin is actually dead?! (kinda gross I know) It’s the lower layers that use up the oxygen from your bloodstream.
FACT: 7% of the oxygen you take into your lungs is used directly by your skin.
There is a misconception that in order to let your skin breathe, you shouldn’t wear make up and this is not necessarily the case. You don’t have to wear zero make up to allow your skin to breathe, it just comes down to the products that you’re using. Whilst we are self-isolating, it could be a good idea to drop the make-up and embrace our natural beauty, but if you’re a self-confessed make-up obsessed kind of person, there are other ways to approach this.
Firstly, it is important to use products that use natural ingredients and have zero chemicals; it’s the oils and preservatives that are common in many products that block your pores. By using natural products, your skin is able to continue to breathe underneath and prevent the chances of breakouts or acne. Just think, if you’re using products that are full of harmful ingredients, these are just going to be sinking in and adding to your bloodstream. Preventing oxygen to your skin is when it becomes dull and breakouts occur.
As well as that, if you do wear make- up regularly, it is important to adopt a regular skincare routine. By simply cleaning your face at the end of each day you are already getting rid of the dirt that is gathered in your pores. To remove absolutely everything, use a cleanser, then exfoliating your skin among this will also give it that added deep clean that we sometimes need; especially if you’ve applied several layers of make-up.
You could also try going for a lighter coverage make-up look. I know sometimes we all love (and feel like we need) the full coverage heavy duty products, but it could be a good idea to switch it up every once in a while.
Fresh air and exercise is also proven to help your skin look refreshed. Promoting the circulation of oxygen as well as allowing nutrients to be absorbed more efficiently encourages your skin cells to grow faster. This therefore means an increased collagen production which helps improve your skin texture and moisture retention. These factors are also believed to reduce stress which of course, is one of skin’s biggest enemies!
*Collagen is the most prevalent protein in your skin. It is a primary component of connective tissue that helps to keep your skin looking young. Elastin is also another protein that works along with collagen to keep your skin firm and tight; this gives it elasticity to prevent lines and wrinkles.*
Your diet is another huge factor that contributes to how your skin looks; one rich in fresh foods and low in processed and refined foods is going to not only benefit your whole body, but your skin too. Did you know that the skin is not only dependent on oxygen, but also the functioning of kidneys, intestines aaand your liver. They’re all about removing waste products from your body so the less waste you put in, the less waste there will be that needs to be removed. This means that your bodily system will be fresh which is needed to reduce your chances of blotchy, blemished skin.
The final two factors I will mention, is sleep (yay) and water! Your skin cells regenerate as you sleep so be proud to go for your 3627288th nap of lockdown, you’re getting your beauty sleep. It’s the news we all needed, it’s the truth and it really does happen overnight. Then finally, water… drinking it, spraying your face with it, freezing it and icing your skin, these aaaall have their benefits! You don’t need to buy all these fancy products, just go to the sink.