There’s No Excuse: Tips for Caring for Your Skin at Home
We may not have spent that much time at home. Surely in this quarantine many now have more hours of the day available to do sports, prepare their food better, dust off some books, watch series and carry out other activities that we had postponed due to the day-to-day efforts.
Self-care is one of those commitments to ourselves that were generally put aside for lack of time. However, confinement can be a good time to pay attention to “the signals that the skin of the face naturally sends.”
For the dermatologist Cristina Parra, in climates as hot as Barranquilla, there are various contrasts, because sometimes people are very exposed to ultraviolet rays from the environment and in others, especially in workplaces, they remain exposed to temperatures for many hours. from air conditioning, which causes dry skin.
“If we spend many hours in front of the air conditioning it will generate effects on our skin such as dryness, dehydration and even flaking. During this time at home we can hydrate our skin with rituals in the morning and at night, before going to sleep ”, he says.
Parra points out that it is advisable to have an established routine with products to cleanse the skin such as antioxidants and a moisturizer.
“At night, in addition to cleaning to remove impurities, we can use a mask that provides more hydration, preferably one that contains hyaluronic acid and soothing active ingredients,” he adds.
More blue light. For Parra, one of the most frequent questions asked by his patients is whether or not they should use sunscreen while at home. The specific professional that going out in the sun is important so that vitamin D is generated in the body, which is essential for the fixation of calcium in the bones and improving energy, strength.
“It is important to sunbathe because about 80% of the vitamin D we receive comes from the sun’s rays. We can take it on the patio or by the window twenty minutes before 10:00 in the morning. However, it is advisable to use sunscreen at home because now we are more exposed to blue light, which is what comes from the screen of smartphones and computers and is very harmful to the skin because it is associated with skin ageing and the appearance of spots ”.
Masks at home. Dana Varela, a cosmiatra specialist in facial care, ensures that this time at home is conducive to dedicating herself to deep cleaning the skin.
“We can do a peeling with granule cleansers so that the facial skin is not injured by massaging the product in a circular way without touching the eye contour as it is a delicate area. In the contour we can apply slices of cucumber, potato or cold gel masks to refresh this area ”, he points out.
Varela says that it is possible to take care of the face with some natural masks in case of not having suitable dermo-cosmetic products for hydration.
“We must wash our face with warm water, neither too cold nor too hot, and after it is clean, apply masks that can be made with natural products such as avocado, oatmeal, honey, yogurt or lemon depending on the needs of each type. of skin ”.
Varela emphasizes that for no reason should you exfoliate the skin of the face with sugar or coffee beans because they are lacerating with the skin of the face.