You may have noticed unsightly spots on your skin during the coronavirus lockdown. That's because psychological stress can wreak havoc with our skin, say experts.
"COVID skin" is a term coined by dermatologists to describe skin damage caused by the lockdown due to disrupted routines, working longer hours, a poor diet, and emotional turbulence. And experts warn that these changes to the skin can make you look and feel older.
"Psychological stress and skin are closely linked," said Dr. Alia Ahmed, a dermatologist and skin wellness expert. "Stress cause skin disease and skin disease causes stress."
Ahmed tells British Vogue that the COVID-19 crisis has caused an uptick of red, itchy skin as well as lines, wrinkles, acne, and flushing. Here are some tips to remedy "COVID skin":
- Include dark, leafy greens in your diet. They add important vitamins and minerals to feed your skin from the inside out. Veggies also contain powerful antioxidants that prevent free radical damage to cells from stress and pollution.
- Drink eight glasses of water daily. When you are stressed your body tends to dehydrate, so make sure you replenish the moisture.
- Exercise. Get the heart pumping to improve the flow of blood into each and every cell of the body, including the skin.
- Exfoliate. Dr. Anthony Youn, a leading holistic cosmetic surgeon and skin care expert, tells Newsmax that "exfoliating your skin on a regular basis is a key to keeping it looking smooth and youthful, especially when you are stressed." Use a gentle but effective product like YOUN Beauty Advance Exfoliating Cream.
- Moisturize. After exfoliating, apply a good moisturizer. British Vogue recommends Kate Somerville's new Recovery Cream that's perfect for SOS moments and contains all-natural ingredients.
- Get enough sleep. According to British Vogue, we need at least eight hours sleep nightly to allow the skin time to repair itself.
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