ISOLATION SKINCARE: HOW THE INDOOR LIFE MIGHT BE HARMING YOUR SKIN, AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT!
As social isolation has naturally increased the amount of time we’re spending at home, it’s a reasonable assumption that the skin should be reaping the rewards.
With less makeup and exposure to environmental pollutants, it would make sense that glowing complexions are one of the more positive benefits of the COVID-19 crisis.
For many, though, this may not be the case.
As a brand committed to skincare education and exceptional customer service, in recent weeks, we’ve seen an increase in enquiries from consumers asking why skin is drier, patchier and more prone to breakouts than ever before.
What is isolation skin?
Lifestyles have changed dramatically since staying in has become the new black.
We’re spending far more time indoors in potentially stuffier rooms. Air quality is generally poorer and we’re getting less natural sunlight than the skin is used to.
On top of the environmental differences, changes in our habits and routine are also creeping in. And the skin is feeling the brunt!
While our current indoor existence may be harming your skin, with every indoor cloud, there’s a Biologi silver lining!
Read on as we let you know how isolation may be damaging your skin, and your completely natural iso skin saviour!
Increased alcohol consumption
With nowhere to go and a lack of routine, it’s easier to reach for the wine or beer when you wouldn’t normally. Apart from encouraging poor food choices and later nights, alcohol is also a diuretic which means it dehydrates cells at a faster rate than regular drinks.
ISO SKIN SAVIOUR: Limit alcohol consumption to keep skin cells hydrated. If you do succumb to a few espresso quarintinis or prosecc-isos, give your skin a big hit of Bf Hydration Serum the next morning to replenish lost moisture.
Lack of cleansing
While an enforced skin fast isn’t necessarily a bad thing, if makeup is a thing of your pre-isolation past, you’d expect the skin to be glowing. For many though, this isn’t the case because makeup removal and cleansing often go hand in hand. Whether you’re wearing makeup or not, it’s still important that you cleanse your face every day. Household toxins caused by dust, cleaning products and even bedding will still sit on the skin’s surface impacting the microbiome so they must be washed away daily.
ISO SKIN SAVIOUR: Use a gentle cleanser and microfiber pad to remove invisible toxins and surface dirt just as you usually would. Not only does this clear away any impurities from the skin, but it also opens up the pores to help serums penetrate deeper.
Lack of morning routine
With morning routines out of whack, it can be easy to get up and forgo skincare altogether. While you might not be wearing makeup or showering until noon, your skin still needs active ingredients to repair skin on a cellular level.
ISO SKIN SAVIOUR: However the day starts and ends, make an effort to use active ingredient serums every morning and evening as you usually would. This will benefit the cells which will drink in the active ingredients that can reverse the signs of ageing, repair barrier function, hydrate and reduce inflammation.
Too much handwashing
With all the extra handwashing, often with harsh alcohol-based gels and sprays, your hands might be showing the effects with skin that’s dry, flaky or cracked.
ISO SKIN SAVIOUR: At this time, handwashing is absolutely essential so don’t skip this step. Instead, nourish skin with Bf Hydration Serum. As a single-plant extract of Australian finger lime, Bf is a natural source of ferulic acid, tryptophan and vitamin C. The active ingredients work together to potentially heal the skin’s barrier, reduce inflammation and hydrate dry hands.
Regularly applying Bf will keep the skin nice and hydrated between hand washes so we recommend you keep a small travel size on your desk to give your hands a nourishing thirst quench after every wash.
Increase in stress and anxiety
There’s no denying these are uncertain times bringing significant challenges to many. An increase in stress means higher cortisol production which can cause inflammation leading to breakouts, irritation, red patches and sensitivity.
ISO SKIN SAVIOUR: Go back to your stress management techniques which may involve meditation, regular movement or even limiting exposure to the news and social media. It’s important to stay informed but doing so in a balanced and controlled manner will help keep cortisol levels down which your skin will thank you for.
Irregular sleeping patterns
If 9-5 is out, you might be going to bed later or sleep may be disturbed. Lack of sleep leads to obvious signs such as dark circles and bags under the eyes. Further, cellular turnover and hormone production may also be impacted by less zzzzs.
ISO SKIN SAVIOUR: There’s a direct correlation between the quality of your sleep and the quality of your skin. From 11 pm onwards, cell mitosis accelerates. The more rested and relaxed you are during this time, the more effective the process.
Aim to get to sleep before 11 pm each night and for a minimum of seven to eight hours of uninterrupted rest. The result will be a beautifully glowing complexion and a more youthful appearance.
Not applying sunscreen
Being less likely to spend the day outside means that you may have become complacent with sunscreen. Even just going outside for an hour of exercise a day* or working near a sunny window still exposes the skin to the sun. Don’t forget that 80% of the skin’s ageing is caused by UV rays and will still cause cellular damage even for a small amount of time or indirectly.
ISO SKIN SAVIOUR: If you’re going outside for any length of time, even on a cloudy day, apply sunscreen before you leave the house. Makeup containing SPF isn’t strong enough to counter the ageing impact of the sun’s UV rays so sunscreen is a must. Always.
Not enough exercise
We get it, the gym is closed and there are no more boot camps which makes it harder to keep moving. Unfortunately, exercise isn’t just good for the waistline, the skin LOVES regular movement. Regular exercise encourages blood flow which delivers nutrients to the surface of the skin leading to a radiant complexion. Sweating also helps purge bacteria and toxins from the skin to help maintain a healthy PH and give you back your glow!
ISO SKIN SAVIOUR: Keep moving! Walk or run daily, set up a home gym, download an app or join an online PT class. There are lots of options to keep moving during isolation and your skin will thank you for every single one of them!
Lack of professional treatments
With beauty salons closing, your skin may be missing the extra TLC that regular facials and treatments provide.
ISO SKIN SAVIOUR: You can still show your skin the love but tuning into Instagram Live (@biologiserum) every Friday at 7 pm for our Friday Night Facial series. Each week, a member of the Biologi team or special guest will take you through their facial routine including the products they use, methods followed and how you can get involved at home. We’re here to help you through these challenging times and understand how hard it is when regular treatments are no longer part of daily life.
During isolation, it’s more important than ever to protect and nourish your cells so that once life returns to normal, the skin is hydrated, glowing and ready to make the most of outdoor life once again.
To address any specific isolation skincare concerns, contact our customer service team today.
*Disclaimer: Specific COVID-19 guidelines may vary between states, territories and countries. Check regulations in your local area before leaving the house.