For most of us, this is an unprecedented event that we hopefully won’t see again in our lifetimes. It is no doubt a test of our resilience but we are adaptable and we will get through this together. But, to be completely transparent with you, we would be lying if we said we weren't freaking out about how our skin will hold up during this period.
We’ve put together a short guide on how you can support the integrity of your skin in self-isolation.
MAINTAINING A SLEEP SCHEDULE
Maintaining good sleeping habits is important for both our skin health and mental health. It can become easy to stay up binging Netflix series (Tiger King), if you are not leaving the house. Where possible, we suggest continuing to set your alarm at the same time for weekdays. This will help you maintain your internal body clock and hopefully get to sleep at a reasonable hour. Sleep is the time when your body repairs itself. This is true for your epidermis as much as it is for your brain or your muscles. During sleep, your body repairs damage from UV exposure and other environmental stressors, reducing wrinkles and age spots.
Want to optimise this process?
Using a product that contains DNA stabilising enzymes and other regenerative ingredients will ensure you wake up fresh faced. For an in-depth look at the restorative process and the ingredients that support it, click here.
TRY TO MOVE YOUR BODY ONCE A DAY
Dr Katherine Armour explains “getting our body moving once a day helps boost our natural endorphins and reduces stress. By reducing stress we can help control our blood cortisol levels and we know that chronically elevated cortisol levels contribute to both breakouts and a loss of our skin plumping fibres, which contributes to wrinkles.”
If you need extra motivation and instruction, the Mindbody app has lots of virtual no equipment needed classes on offer as well as yoga and meditation. We have been loving Keep It Cleaner’s live classes on both Facebook and Instagram on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Found yourself eating all the highly processed, sugar loaded isolation snacks you bought on day 1? Us too. Sadly, increased sugar, particularly the refined type, has been linked to the breakdown of our collagen. Where possible, try to opt for foods high in antioxidants. Think raspberries, kale and dark chocolate. Dr Armour suggests having fruit and vegetables, ready and cut up, on view when you open your fridge. For more information on how sugar negatively impacts our skin check out Dr Katherine Armour’s interview with Spa and Clinic.
SKIN SPECIFIC CONCERNS
Unfortunately, our other medical concerns don’t disappear whilst the world is in the middle of a pandemic. Thankfully, many Australian dermatologists are offering virtual consults to provide advice and treatment options for a range of skin conditions during this time. If you need recommendations on finding a clinic that offers Telehealth, feel free to send us an email.
Above all else, it’s important that we are kind to ourselves throughout this experience. If you need to take time for yourself to process the loss of what you thought the first half of 2020 was supposed to be, allow yourself that time. We know we are!!
Lots of love,
The Bespoke Team