1) Adopt a simpler skincare routine
We understand you might not have enough time to adopt a multi-step skincare routine. What’s more important is consistency. If you are unable to find a spot for an elaborate skincare routine in your daily schedule, adopt a simpler one. It could include something as basic as cleansing, toning, moisturizing, and applying sunscreen to your skin.
2) Apply face mask
Facemask is an excellent addition to your weekly skincare routine. It can cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate, and nourish your skin that has dried due to a lack of moisture in the indoor environment. However, you must ensure that you have chosen the right facemask that is tailored to your skin type. Consult a dermatologist if required. Always remember to clean your skin before applying the mask. Once the face mask is applied, relax for some time, and then use warm water to rinse it off.
3) Take regular breaks from your computer
Sitting in front of a computer for long periods can cause eye strain and fatigue, which can lead to dark circles and puffiness under your eyes. So take regular breaks throughout the day to give your eyes some rest. During your break, moisturize your skin to keep it hydrated. You can also use a facial mist to refresh your skin during these breaks.
4) Use AHA or BHA cleanser
AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid) or BHA (beta-hydroxy acid) cleansers offer numerous benefits, and it is quite useful while working from home. They contain exfoliating elements that remove dead skin cells from the surface and help unclog the pores. This will improve overall skin texture and promote cell turnover.
BHA cleansers are also quite effective in treating acne-prone skin, as they reduce inflammation by penetrating deep into the pores and unclogging them. They also aid in regulating the production of oil and prevent any future breakouts. These cleansers also make other skincare products very effective by improving their absorption.
5) Stay hydrated
This is a very basic tip but often ignored one. Drinking water is essential to hydrate your skin, flush out toxins, and stay energized. When working from home, it can be very easy to forget to drink enough water, especially if you are not used to being at home all day.
Create a habit of keeping a water bottle on your desk and taking sips throughout the day. Make sure you drink at least 8-10 glasses of water daily and limit your consumption of dehydrating drinks like coffee and alcohol.
6) Apply sunscreen
While you may not be spending a lot of time outdoors, you’re still exposed to UV radiation. UVA rays, in particular, can penetrate through windows and cause skin damage, leading to premature aging and an increased risk of skin cancer. In addition to UV radiation, you’re also exposed to blue light from electronic devices such as computers, phones, and TVs, which can also contribute to skin damage. Sunscreen is quite effective against blue light as well.
When selecting a sunscreen, choose one with broad-spectrum protection that covers both UVA and UVB rays and has an SPF of at least 30. Apply it generously to all exposed areas of skin, including your face, neck, and hands.
7) Maintain a healthy and balanced diet
Your diet plays a significant role in maintaining the health of your skin. Eating a diet rich in vitamins and minerals can help your skin look its best. Make sure you’re eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. Your diet should always comprise high protein, high fiber, and low carb foods. Even though it might be tempting, limit your intake of processed foods, sugar, and alcohol, as they can lead to inflammation and breakouts.
8) Have a good night’s sleep
Due to their busy work-from-home schedule, most people today stay up late. This disrupts their sleep cycle and causes tired, dull-looking skin. Aim to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night. More importantly, try to establish a consistent sleep schedule and create a relaxing bedtime routine to help you unwind and prepare for sleep.
During sleep, your skin goes into repair mode, producing collagen and other proteins that help repair and regenerate damaged skin cells. This improves skin elasticity, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and promotes a more radiant complexion. Lack of sleep can also lead to inflammation in the body, resulting in acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
9) Exercise regularly
Exercise can improve blood circulation throughout your body, including the skin. It can help deliver essential nutrients and oxygen to skin cells, promoting healthy, glowing skin. Also, exercise helps to promote lymphatic drainage, which aids in the removal of toxins from your body. Regular exercise promotes collagen production and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise every day.
10) Give yourself a relaxing face massage
A relaxing face massage after a stressful day of WFH not only feels blissful but is also quite beneficial for your skin, especially if you do it the right way. Start with clean pair of hands and rinse your face thoroughly. Use a gentle, upward motion to massage the skin. You may use your fingers or a face massage tool like a jade roller. A facial oil or a serum can also be used to nourish your skin even further. Do this exercise 1-2 times a week for better skin.
11) Use a Humidifier
In cities like Bangalore, the weather is generally dry. Using a humidifier can add moisture to the indoor air and keep your skin hydrated. Set up a humidifier in your workspace, and make sure to keep it clean. Humidifiers also aid in improving respiratory health by keeping the airways moist and reducing the risk of congestion and respiratory infections.
By incorporating these simple habits into your daily routine, you can combat the negative effects of working from home, such as prolonged screen time, dry indoor air, and stress. But to get a radiant skin, you need patience. It will take time to see the results. By prioritizing your skin health while working from home, you also boost your overall health and well-being. If you are facing any skincare issues related to work from home, consult Dr. Renu who has 10+ years of experience in treating various skin ailments. Her state-of-the-art clinic is located at HSR Layout in bangalore. To book an appointment, click here.