Stuck in self-isolation with skin that’s breaking out, dull, dry and inflamed? Here are the best products that will bring your skin back to life.
Pimple-prone, drier and duller. This sums up a lot of people’s #isoskin.
You would think not having to wear makeup daily, or being exposed to pollution and the sun, our complexions would be at its very best. Plus, we have more time than ever before to take care of our skin.
But no. Thanks to a combination of stress, bad eating habits and changed sleeping patterns, our skin has taken a turn and is going down the wrong path.
Yes, taking a look at your diet and stress levels can dramatically help alleviate any skin troubles (as we explained here) but using the right skincare products also plays a major role.
So, what products should you be using to help combat your #isoskin?
If your skin is breaking out…
“The basic process to healing blemishes on the skin is to gently exfoliate the superficial dead cells to allow the active to enter deeply into the skin,” says Dr Irene Prantalos, founder of Salubre Skin Clinic. “Here, hydrating the skin is super important so the sebaceous glands don’t overly produce sebum and further block the pores. So, each cleansing or exfoliating step needs to be followed with hydrating the skin with a light lotion or serum.”
She also recommends to steer clear of nasty chemicals, opting for natural products instead.
“Look for products with witch hazel extract, honeysuckle and astragalus. Incorporate a green clay as this is a great way to draw out the impurities in the skin and assist the skin natural ability to heal.”
If your skin is dry…
The most important thing here is to avoid exfoliating. “Dry skin results from the hyperlipidic layer having less than 10 per cent water. So definitely no exfoliating here,” Prantalos explains. “One thing people with #isoskin may think is beneficial to help with the acne, is to cleanse the skin. The problem comes from not hydrating the skin afterwards, which leads to the sebaceous glands overly secreting sebum and therefore leading to acne lesions.”
In this case, opt for nourishing and hydrating healing oils.
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If your skin is experiencing redness…
Unfortunately you need to take a close look at your diet.
“Redness is inflammation and needs to be calmed down. In this case diet is super important, and you must avoid inflammatory food such as sugar, dairy and alcohol,” Prantalos says.
You should also avoid exfoliating. “Avoid overly exfoliating the skin as that dries out the natural oils in the face and further dehydrates the skin. Also, be mindful to avoid nasty chemicals typically the PEGs, parabens, siloxanes, phthalates.”
Instead, stick to anti-inflammatory ingredients such as aloe vera, green tea, olive leaf, nettle and witch hazel.
Top 11 products to combat #isoskin
Here are 11 products we’ve been using to help combat our #isoskin…
Subi Perfect Pimple Patch ($12 at Style Story)
Why: We previously reviewed these patches and were blown away. Why? Because never had we ever used a product that could banish a stubborn pimple in as little time as these invisible patches. No matter how white or blind a pimple is, this patch has got you covered.
Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10% ($115 at Clinique)
Why: A little goes a long way when we’re talking about Vitamin C skincare. A small boost of Vitamin C can help combat uneven skin tone, rough texture, fine lines, acne scars and overall dullness. Because of its antioxidant properties, it aids in your skin’s natural regeneration process, helping to repair damaged skin cells.
Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask ($69.90 at Sand & Sky)
Why: This mask has become an Aussie cult, proving to do wonder to help refine pores and detoxify the skin in 10 minutes. It’s perfect for those suffering with oiliness, congestion or pigmentation. Plus, it’s completely cruelty-free, too.
Biossance 100% Squalane Oil 100ml ($50 at Sephora)
Why: Forget Argan oil. Users of the brand’s 100 per cent plant-based squalane oil have claimed it has helped relieve dry patches, eczema and other skin conditions while soothing and regenerating the skin. It’s also non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog your pores, unlike other oil-based skincare products.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL ultra-Light Fluid Facial Sunscreen SPF 50 50ml ($29.95 at Adore Beauty)
Why: Yes, you can ask any skin expert and they’ll tell you that you still need to be applying sunscreen every day – even if you’re spending it indoors. And when it comes to sunscreen, you can’t look past La Roche-Posay’s iconic Anthelios.
Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask ($88 at Sephora)
Why: 50 per cent of this mask is made with crushed citrus fruits, which naturally contain AHA fruit acids to help refine and smooth the skin by offering a gentle chemical peeling effect without stripping the skin of its moisture. The reviews on this product just highlight how damn good it is.
Skinstitut Glycolic Scrub ($49 at skinstitut)
Why: It’s the perfect exfoliating AHA scrub that helps remove excess oil and dead skin cells that can lead to congestion. Used sparingly, it won’t upset the skin’s natural balance, however it’s not for those with sensitive, dry or easily irritated skin.
Lanolips 101 Ointment Multipurpose Balm ($18.99 at Priceline)
Why: This super dense balm is your saviour for those nasty dry patches of skin. it’s also your go-to for dry lips, cuticles and any other area that needs some extra hydrating TLC.
Peter Thomas Roth ProStrength Lactic Pore Treatment ($88 at Sephora)
Why: This one will replace those weekly facial trips. It contains a high concentration of lactic acid to purify and reduced enlarged pores, witch hazel to clear excess oil and glycerine to combat post-treatment dryness.
Youth To The People Superfood Cleanser ($50 at Sephora)
Why: You want to look for something gentle to cleanse your skin with every day, and this one does the trick. The combination of kale, spinach and green tea is like a green juice cleanse for your face – it moisturises, prevents the build-up of pores and keeps skin pH balanced.
Dermalogica Overnight Clearing Gel ($77 at Dermalogica)
Why: It’s a gentle nighttime gel that helps to clear breakouts while you get your beauty sleep. The salicylic acid works to unclog pores to prevent the development of further breakouts, while tea tree oil soothes the skin.
Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask ($77 at Mecca)
Why: We may not be flying anywhere, any time soon, but this hydrated and calming mask works just as well on the ground as it does in the air. Apply before bed and the (vegan) combo of vitamin C, chesnut extract and niacinamide leaves stressed and flaky skin looking plump and rejuvenated.
More essential coronavirus reading:
Read up on what the government lockdown means for you, understand why Aussie doctors are up arms, be aware of the ‘hidden symptom’ of COVID-19 carriers, prepare yourself for the long-term mental health effects of the pandemic, get your sweat on at home with these free online workouts before reviving your over-washed hands with this DIY balm, and then console yourself with these unexpected joys.