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.