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Skin Care Changes & Tips During Quarantine

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Sheetal Rawal, Founder, Apsara Skin Care

Left: Sheetal Rawal, scientist (human genetics) & founder of Apsara Skin Care

By: Stacy T.

Edited by Marty S.

As the quarantine continues, many of us find ourselves restless with the same environment and people around us. Most of us are anxious about what is happening in the world and what is outside our doors. The only comfort that gives us peace of mind is the protective masks and hand sanitizers that always seem to run out of stock. During the quarantine, a lot of us have not been keeping up with our usual daily routines. Skin care routines have become neglected since many of us aren’t leaving the house and thus have no need for a strict schedule. It’s normal to feel disoriented and a little bit helpless, but building a daily routine during this uneasy time is beneficial to build a new consistency, especially if you want your complexion to be glowing, blemish-free, and youthful. Patterns and routines help your body and mind remain calm. It can be easier than it seems to optimize and strengthen a skin care routine during the quarantine, especially since your skin is one of your body’s first defenses against infections.

You can start a new routine by making easy changes to your habits, such as your daily nutrition. Because the sun is a reliable and natural way of obtaining Vitamin D, staying indoors all day means that your skin receives less sunlight and Vitamin D than usual. To avoid a Vitamin D deficiency, you should spend a little bit of time outdoors and get a healthy exposure to sunlight every day. If you prefer to stay indoors during the quarantine, make sure to stuff your diet with Vitamin D-rich foods. Foods with a good source of Vitamin D include certain mushrooms, orange juice, and fortified foods.

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When making changes to your diet, you should also closely monitor your water levels. Obviously, you should be drinking enough water every day! Most of us don’t even notice how dehydrated we are until it takes a drastic toll on our mood, hunger, and health. For many people, dehydration can make the skin look less glowing and youthful. You should be drinking even more water daily if you drink coffee on a regular basis. Too much caffeine wreaks havoc on your body by not only causing dehydration but also raising your stress levels. Though coffee has great antioxidant properties that help with inflammation, you should not overdo it.

Another habit that you may not realize is affecting your skin is how you wash your skin. Let’s be clear: washing your hands and face is essential during the quarantine because it promotes good hygiene. However, you should only use warm water and you should moisturize your skin afterward. As much as we all love to unwind in a hot shower, the heat can irritate and dry out your skin as it strips away moisture and leaves you more prone to infections. Your skin has a layer of wax and oil that not only acts as a natural moisturizer but also protects you from harmful bacteria. Washing your skin thoroughly is effective at killing bacteria, but try not to irritate your skin in the process. Thankfully, there are many small tips you can implement to avoid drying out your skin. First, try to avoid soaps and facial cleansers with ingredients like synthetic fragrances as these may irritate your skin. Second, instead of lotions, try to use all-natural creams or moisturizers because they can deeply penetrate and nourish your skin. Third, hand sanitizers with a large amount of alcohol can dry out your skin; apply your moisturizer after you use a hand sanitizer.

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In conjunction with your daily and weekly skin care routine, you can use homemade remedies to keep your skin healthy, soft, and nourished during the quarantine. We have included two below for you to try. Both are DIY face masks that can be implemented in your skin care routine to combat dryness and get glowing, blemish-free, and youthful skin. These face masks utilize a few natural ingredients that are highly revered in Ayurveda, the ancient Indian healing method focused on building good health. Many of the ingredients mentioned may even be sitting right in your kitchen.

1. Vegetable Glycerin & Almond Milk Face Mask to Hydrate the Skin

This face mask utilizes vegetable glycerin, which is commonly made from soybean, coconut, palm oils, or other vegetable fats. Vegetable glycerin can smoothen and hydrate

almond milk quarantine skin care

your skin in a matter of days. Some people may be allergic to the substance so perform a patch test beforehand to see if there will be an adverse reaction. Meanwhile, almond milk, a staple in many diets, has many benefits when used topically on the skin. It is good at moisturizing your skin, and it contains many antioxidants and vitamins, such as vitamins C, B6, and E. Almond milk can help you achieve skin that is glowing, blemish-free, and youthful.  

Ingredients

8 drops of vegetable glycerin

1 tbsp. of oat flour

Almond milk, as needed

Instructions

Mix the vegetable glycerin and oat flour together. Add enough almond milk to the mixture until you get a thick paste.

Apply the paste and leave it on for 12 to 15 minutes.

Wash it off with warm water. Follow with your toner, serum, and lotion.

Use 1 to 2 times a week.

2. Banana & Turmeric Face Mask to Deeply Nourish the Skin

Turmeric is an important natural ingredient with countless health benefits in Ayurveda. It is known to bring out a natural glow in the skin as well as fade blemishes, acne scarring, and signs of aging. Bananas have similar benefits. Bananas can fight wrinkles, acne, dark spots, and other blemishes. They also have a high content of water, making it excellent for hydrating the skin and making it look more youthful.

Ingredients

5 drops of castor oil

⅛ tsp. of turmeric powder

1 tbsp. of mashed ripe banana

Rice flour, as needed

Instructions

Mix the castor oil, turmeric, and banana together. Add enough rice flour to the mixture until you get a thick paste.

Apply and leave it on for 12 to 15 minutes.

Wash it off with warm water. Follow with your daily skin care routine.

Use 1 to 2 times a week.

Remember that consistency is key. Your body is built to recognize patterns and routines. Constantly changing your routine may confuse and even stress out your body. Building a skin care routine not only helps your bodily health, but it is also good for your mental health. During this quarantine, take some time to take care of your skin because doing so can ultimately promote your health, strengthen your immunity against illness, and help your skin look more glowing, blemish-free, and youthful.

You can also find more lifestyle tips from our podcast. Here is an episode where we talk about the 3 best tips to get gorgeous skin this summer. Enjoy and please leave us a review on our iTunes podcast page.

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