Find out how your home environment affects your skin conditionPublished on 5 October 2021
You might think that one of the perks of staying at home during the pandemic would be developing rejuvenated glowing skin. Staying home requires little to no makeup at all and your skin is protected from being exposed to outdoor pollutants. It seems like a good time for your skin to heal, but many have found themselves experiencing irrational breakouts instead.
Whether or not you have “lockdown skin”, one thing is for sure – you are not alone. Believe it or not, the shift in our day-to-day life can greatly affect our skin condition.
1. Change of environment
Staying at home for an extended period of time can have negative effects on your skin. Although we live in a tropical climate, most of us embrace the indoors and tend to lounge in our stuffy homes for prolonged periods. As much as there are outdoor pollutants, there are also indoor pollutants that can negatively affect our skin; the uncirculated air that contains dust contributes to the beginning signs of a breakout waiting to happen.
Stress can actually take a physical toll on your skin. A hormone called cortisol is released when under pressure, which may cause inflammation and excess sebum production that may explain your skin breaking out. Moreover, the side effects of stress include lack of sleep, loss of appetite, and binge-eating snacks more than usual, all of which can damage your skin in the long run.
3. Lifestyle change
Social distancing can be considered as a lifestyle change, one that has an effect on your body and your beauty regime choices. Some of us are guilty of rolling straight out of bed and diving into work immediately, which delays or even reduces our shower time. Some even skimp on their skincare routine thinking that being at home means lesser maintenance.
Considering life as we know it has changed and will continue to develop in ways we cannot foresee, it’s up to us to identify what is causing our skin condition to worsen and immediately address the problem. Here are some suggestions on how we could improve our lifestyle which could positively impact our skin.
1. Practise a balanced lifestyle
Too little or too much of anything can be detrimental. The flexibility of working according to your timing creates a schedule that will promote a healthier, more balanced lifestyle. Set a time for yourself to eat, get up and stretch, exercise, and even wash your face. Find out what works best for you and stick to it.
2. Hydration is key
This cannot be stressed enough. We need to replenish the water we lose especially when we are living in a hot and humid climate. Water helps flush out toxins, regulate body temperature, and helps absorb nutrients, all of which are beneficial for your skin.
3. Keep it simple
You may be tempted to try out the latest Korean face mask hack or to constantly engage in bad skin habits such as excessive tweezing, plucking, and picking, but be patient. Using too many products could be the problem. Trying out too many things at once may aggravate your skin. Let it heal by simply letting your skin be.
As Malaysia starts to reopen its economy and borders, some of us may have the anxiety to reintroduce ourselves to society, especially when our skin condition has taken a turn for the worse. Fret not. Understand that breakouts and flare-ups are normal; many struggle with it as do you. The best thing to do right now is to show yourself some love and kindness by giving yourself time to heal.