Lockdown 3.zero pores and skin options – from masks to display harm
Damage from computer screens, acne from wearing masks and stress from the Covid-19 pandemic are just a few of the skin care problems identified and addressed by a leading UK nutritional supplement brand.
The experts at Skin Woof have put together a useful guide to skin care dilemmas that many of us have experienced during this troubled time and now that the cold snap hits hard, we are faced again.
Ben May, founder of Skin Woof, said, “The toll the global pandemic has taken on us is manifesting itself in many ways, but our skin is one of the most physically obvious. Not only are we stressed and may not eat as healthily, but screen time and lack of sunshine can affect our skin.
“I learned firsthand what staying inside and causing stress can do to your skin as I had blemishes after a severe attack of MRSA in my early twenties. This was triggered by the antibiotics I was taking but only aggravated by the stress I was feeling. That’s why I set up Skin Woof to help anyone with skin problems from within.
“We hope our guide can help you identify skin problems you might be suffering from and find the right solution for you to correct them.”
Masks worn over a period of time can rub the skin and cause sweating due to the increased heat
Here is Skin Woof’s guide.
Masks are designed to prevent germs and bacteria from getting into the air from the mouth and nose. This means that these germs will build up on the masks, which means that a dirty face mask is a breeding ground for bacteria. Therefore, it is extremely important that you wash your skin and mask after each use.
Masks worn over a period of time can rub the skin and cause sweating due to the increased heat. This can clog pores that form into pimples. To reduce friction, apply a moisturizer that suits your skin type before wearing your mask. For the same reason, avoid wearing makeup under your mask and avoid staining your mask.
We all know about the damage caused by UV rays, but what about HEV (High Energy Visible Light) rays? These come from the glow of screens like our laptops, phones and televisions. This can damage the skin by breaking down collagen. The annoying thing about HEV is that, unlike UV rays, which can cause a burning sensation, the damage is less obvious at first. And it has been widely reported that people who work from home work longer than normal and therefore spend much more time in front of a computer screen.
One of the best ways to combat this is to make sure your collagen levels are replenished. A daily dose like Skin Woof Beauty Collagen Ddrink is a great solution for this.
Many have turned to yoga to help combat stress and anxiety during the Covid-19 pandemic
Stress, worry and anxiety are often felt by many during the pandemic and can have a major impact on the condition of our skin. It also has a negative impact as stress can lead to breakouts and that in itself can lead to more stress.
When we are under stress, our skin produces hormones, including cortisol, which stimulates the oil glands to overproduce, resulting in clogged pores and unwanted breakouts. Longer spikes of these hormones cause the body to become unbalanced and inflammation to increase. We can clearly see the effects on the skin.
To eliminate the imbalance in your body from the inside out, we recommend taking a daily dietary supplement such as the Original Vitamins from Skin Woof.
Vitamin D deficiency
We all stayed indoors this year, but now that winter is falling, we’re even less likely to get the correct daily amount of vitamin D from the sun alone. It’s easiest to think of vitamin D as an immune booster for the whole body. Healthy vitamin D levels are important to protect against infection, prevent skin aging, promote healthy bone growth, and improve your overall mood. When it comes to our skin, vitamin D helps keep inflammatory conditions like eczema and psoriasis at bay – those who suffer from it may notice a flare-up during the winter months.
Don’t rely on UV for your vitamin D, it’s too important! Instead, you could try reviewing your diet and using more vitamin D rich foods like fatty fish, salmon, and sardines, or mushrooms for vegans. Diet supplements are also a great source to get a high dose easily.
To increase your vitamin D intake, watch your diet and include foods like oily fish, salmon, and sardines
Lack of SPF
Many of us are looking at stays this year, and so the idea of putting on sunscreen might seem ridiculous. However, wearing sunscreen every day is still an essential skin care regimen. UVA rays are present all year round and are responsible for premature aging. Try to find a sunscreen moisturizer so you can go through your skin care multitasking routine.
Skipping skin care
Many of us have decided to take a break from makeup this year because of being at home so much, but it also results in us skipping important steps in skin care like cleansing and moisturizing. This can increase the dullness or the shade of gray.
One way to improve the glow of your skin is to increase your vitamin C intake. Skin Woof has a brilliant Vitamin C Radiance Serum and Vitamin C is also in the Strawberry and Lime Collagen Beauty Drink.
Many of us have decided to take a break from makeup this year because of being at home so much, but it also results in us skipping important steps in skin care like cleansing and moisturizing
Since many of us work from home, it’s just a short walk to the kitchen and cookie jar! We’d never be ashamed and we all need a little sugar every now and then, but while we love it, our skin really doesn’t. Food and drinks with a high glycemic index (high in carbohydrates) can be anti-inflammatory and cause flare-ups.
The best solution to this is simply to cut back on snacking or check out healthy swaps – instead of a whole bar of chocolate, try some strawberries and raspberries with a chocolate chip in the middle!
Similar to snacking, it has been widely reported that alcohol consumption in the UK has increased during the global pandemic. It’s one of the skin’s worst enemies – we all know that hangover feeling dehydrated, but it also dries out our skin. In addition, alcohol can cause redness and swelling.
Once again, the simplest solution is to cut down on alcohol consumption. Now that we are in a sober October, it is the perfect time to try limiting the gin and tonic and maybe trying out non-alcoholic alternatives.
During the pandemic, a new phenomenon called “coronasomnia” emerged with many of us tossing and turning around because of the understandable concern that Covid-19 has created
Lack of moisture
When you’re indoors, especially in winter, your skin isn’t exposed to a lot of humidity, which leads to dryness. When the skin is dry, oil glands tend to overproduce sebum to make up for the lack of moisture. To keep this in check, use a light, low-oil moisturizer mornings and evenings.
lack of sleep
During the pandemic, a new phenomenon called “coronasomnia” has emerged with many of us spinning and turning because of the understandable concern Covid-19 has caused us. But it’s not called “beauty sleep” for nothing! When you miss sleep, your cortisol levels go up and cause inflammation. When you are tired, the blood in your body does not flow efficiently, which usually leads to a lack of oxygen in the blood. This lack of oxygen causes your skin to appear ashy, pigmented, blotchy, or, most commonly, dark pouches under your eyes.
Things like cutting down on sugary snacks, alcohol, and screen time can really help you get a good night’s sleep and keep your skin healthy during the day too!