Updated Skincare routine since coronavirus

Maskne, mask acne, updated skincare routine since the pandemic coronavirus

With nowhere to go during lockdown, many of us have started using less makeup and have instead switched to skincare as a way to repair and rejuvenate our skin in preparation for when we are allowed to leave the house again.

However, times have changed. The skincare routine I used pre-lockdown isn’t the same as the one I am using now and there are many reasons for this.

First, my skincare pre-lockdown was more focused on repairing the damage from wearing make-up all day. I had a lengthy night-time routine but a relatively simple morning skincare routine. The products I used most were micellar water, a deep cleansing face wash, a corrective dark spot serum and a simple moisturiser. 

But now the circumstances have changed and so has my skincare routine. I spend most of my time at home, so I see no need to those same products that I used to repair the damage I felt from wearing makeup. Instead, I feel the need to used active and ‘wow’ ingredients to really restore the state of my skin. I also look to treat maskne, the strange skincare phenomenon born as a result of coronavirus.

For those of you that don’t know, maskne is the increase in acne around the cheek and chin area seen as a result of wearing face masks. More details on maskne and how to treat it can be found here.

Since the pandemic began, I’ve been in search for a good gentle cleanser that targets maskne, a serum that brings a glow to my skin while also remove the dark spots left by maskne, and finally a moisturiser that feels lightweight and hydrating. If I am going out, I just slap on some SPF on my skin as well.

The beauty market has an overwhelming number of choices to pick from so I usually do research based on ingredients. The ‘wow’ ingredients I look for in a cleanser are Salicylic acid (a BHA) for clearing blocked pores and ingredients with anti-bacterial properties. Laderer recommends looking for ceramides, vitamin C, glycerin as well.

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