08 Apr Quarantine skincare routine
In the first week of quarantine, I neglected my skincare a little. Seeing as i was just at home all day, i’d wash my face with water in the morning, dab on some face oil and that would be it. If I lived in a plush forest, tucked somewhere in the countryside, away from all the pollution and bright night lights, this would be the perfect skincare routine. But unfortunately I’m in busy London, and even if I am working and chilling at home, I am exposed to some pollution. Plus, I don’t have naturally flawless skin so that means I do put in a little more effort to make me feel confident in my outer layers!
In the second week of quarantine, I decided to put in a little more effort and my skin started looking dull. I kept my morning routine same-ish. I wash my face with water, dab on a little face cream or oil. If I sit out in the sun for more than 20 minutes, I add a smidgen of mineral sunscreen. Not everyone is a fan of sunscreen and I get that. But I am prone to hyperpigmentation. During a trip last summer, I was in the zenith sun for just over an hour and developed dark, discolouration marks on my lips. It took a few months to wear off and after that, I swore to always carry an SPF face cream and lip balm.
In the evenings, I cleanse my face with a gentle, creamy face wash and pat dry with a kitchen paper towel. I then break a small piece of aloe leaf from my plant and spend a minute or two rubbing it all over my face and letting it dry completely before going to bed. If I’ve taken a big chunk, I just wrap it in the paper towel and keep it in the fridge to use the next day. When I wash my face the following morning, I can feel a slightly slimy residue left from the aloe – it sounds gross but it’s actually quite satisfying! After doing this for a week, my skin looks clearer and brighter. Aloe vera is known to rejuvenate skin, reduce inflammation, enhance collagen and stabilise hyaluronic acid.
There is no miracle product that will help with any skin condition. I don’t expect my skin to attain some sort of perfection: I probably will always have some hyperpigmentation and dark circles around my eyes. But I still want to take care of what I’m blessed with. The best skincare routine alongside my less-is-more topical approach is sound sleep, high water intake, stress management, and a diet high in vegetables, some fruits and minimal sugar (including healthy sugars).