Why Your Skin Is Breaking Out During Lockdown

How lockdown life could be impacting your skin

Lockdown, for many, has meant ditching complex beauty and make-up routines and embracing a more natural look. This sounds great on the surface – surely skin will be smoother, more even, less blemished and brighter, right? Sadly, for the majority of us, that’s not the case.

While going back to basics can often work a treat for skin, the wider implications of lockdown life are actually playing havoc with many people’s complexions. Here, we take a look at the most common issues, and what you can do to combat them.

1) Stress

With the coronavirus outbreak at the forefront of everyone’s minds, plus huge changes in our work and social lives, it’s no wonder we’re all feeling stressed. We know the effects this can have on our mental health, but did you know that it can also cause skin problems? When the body is stressed it produces cortisol, causing skin glands to make more oil and sebum, leading to breakouts. We recommend trying  Dermalogica Active Clearing Age Bright Spot Fader, which contains salicylic acid, which helps to clear those annoying spots and improves uneven skin tone. Or the Skin Doctors T-Zone Control Zit Zapper, which helps to dry out and soothe existing spots.

2) Diet

One of the key things for glowing, healthy-looking skin is a balanced diet. A poor diet can lead to many different skin concerns, including rosacea, inflammation, breakouts, dryness and wrinkles, but with lockdown making it harder to buy certain ingredients, consumers are having to ditch their preferred items for what’s actually available in the supermarket. Not only that, but with our lockdown entertainment often centering around the TV, it’s easy to absent-mindedly eat snacks and junk food while binging the latest series. While you’re figuring out how make healthy tweaks to your diet, check out our range of skin-soothing products from the likes of  DermalogicaDecléor and Comfort Zone.

3) Soap and sanitisers

Increased hand-washing, plus the constant use of anti-bacterial gels, can cause skin to become dry, cracked, itchy and inflamed. You can combat some of these effects by making sure your soap is mild and unscented, and slathering on a moisturiser immediately after washing your hands or using sanitiser. We recommend  Badger Balm for Hardworking Hands – it’s organic, suitable for sensitive skin and packed with enzymes, vitamins and essential fatty acids. For a real treat, try using the Skin Republic Hand Repair gloves twice a week for 20 minutes at a time; these are enriched with collagen, shea butter and vitamin E, making them super nourishing.

4) Sleep

If you’re anything like us, lockdown has seen your sleeping pattern go completely out of whack. And, when you don’t get enough sleep, the body produces more cortisol – the stress hormone. This can lead to skin losing its elasticity, and the development of wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles, puffiness and more. While the best thing to do is to make sure you get more shut-eye, you can maximise results with Mavala Skin Vitality Sleeping Mask “Baby Skin” Radiance, which smooths, softens and brightens skin. We also recommend Dermalogica Sound Sleep Cocoon, a hydrating, brightening and revitalising wonder-product with a calming, sleep-inducing scent.

Have you tried any of the products recommended above? Let us know what you think by posting about it on social media with the hashtag #TreatYourselfClub

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