The best thing about working from home is that you no longer need to wake up in the morning, spend a long time putting on makeup, ironing your clothes, finding things to match.
You can just wake up, shower and are ready to log in and work. The camera hides blemishes so even zoom calls or calls on Microsoft Teams are not a problem for your no makeup face. However, skincare routine is still very important.
The lockdown period has given many people's skin a chance to breathe and many would be pleased that they haven’t been clogging up their pores by wearing foundation every day.
Here are some skincare tips for you.
1. Identify any problem areas that you want to focus on
For me it was the dark circles. I had purchased a Clinique dark circle cream but for anything to be effective, consistent wear is very important. Pre-lockdown I found myself too busy to wear the cream every day. Usually it was a case of getting home and crashing or rushing out in the morning. However the extra time during lockdown saved from not commuting has given me a chance to dedicate more time to my dark circles. The cream actually made a bigger difference than I thought it would, it definitely reduced the puffiness and the circles didn't seem as dark as previously. The small pot actually lasted 4 months and there is still some left, so very cost effective too.
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2. Keep your skin makeup free for as long as possible
Makeup can be a girl’s best friend and wearing makeup is nice. It doesn't have to be for an event or an occasion, maybe you just want to dress up when you speak to your friends over video or when you have dinner with your family.
Minimising how long you wear makeup for can make a huge difference. We are so used to wearing makeup for longer than 12 hours when we are out and about that long lasting makeup has definitely been a marketing tool for years. Why not try wearing it for a shorter period of time and when done make sure you remove it properly. I find a cleansing brush is very effective and is much better than makeup removers.
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For your eyes use the right makeup remover, the eyes are a very gentle part of your face and the skin under your eyes needs looking after to stop those wrinkles becoming more visible as most people start to age. Harsh scrubbing with a brush is a definite no, so use a gentle cleanser which is effective. The MicellAir make-up remover by Nivea has definitely done a great job at removing my eye makeup, particularly my eyeliner which is usually very hard to take off.
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3. Use a moisturiser or an oil serum
Your skin is taking a break from all the dirt and pollution it is usually exposed to during lockdown. It's a good time to replenish the skin and give it the all important vitamins and nutrients so after a fully cleansed skin, use a good moisturiser or face oil to rejuvenate the skin.
If you want to take preventative measures for wrinkles, fine lines, pigmentation, scarring, and more then retinoids have been cited as an effective measure. Late 20s and 30s is a good age to start as it's typically when most people start to produce less collagen.
If this is the first time you are using retinoids then best to start off with something that is lower concentrate before building up to something with greater percentage. La Roche Posay Retinol 0.3% + Vitamin B3 Serum 30ml Anti Ageing Facial Beauty Serum With Moisturiser is a good starting point however pick one based on what is best for your skin.
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4. Drink water
Ok, I really didn’t want to have to say it. I think we all know by now that drinking water is important and gives your skin that all important glow but try to drink as much water as you can while working, it really does make a difference. If you like to measure things then get a bottle which tells you exactly how much you are drinking. Add some sliced cucumbers or lemon to give it a bit of an extra taste.
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5. Embrace your natural eyebrows
Overplucking has left many people with half grown eyebrows that many have resorted to eyebrow dying or tinting to make them appear thicker but when fully grown many people would be surprised at how much in shape their eyebrows actually are. After all they are meant to look a certain way. So let them grow out, put castor oil on them to thicken them while you can. When they are back to their beautiful natural self you can have them reshaped again if you really want to.
Makeup isn't a necessity but something girls enjoy wearing. With good skincare routine and a break from wearing makeup it won't be long before you find yourself meeting friends without any makeup. I bet no one will even notice those naturally grown eyebrows. Although carry on going to salons that are opening if you can afford to, it's important everyone has a job but maybe consider opting for a facial instead of eyebrow tinting. Just a suggestion.