As you read this blog, we hope you are doing well, staying safe (and sane!) and making the most of this strange time in our lives. While our med spa is currently closed (and eagerly awaiting a reopening!), we’d like to offer you tips on how to keep your skin healthy while at home.
Wash Your Face. We get it. You’re barely wearing makeup right now, but DO NOT forget to wash your face! Skincare experts all agree that washing your face at morning and night is extremely important to keeping your skin healthy and fresh. In addition, we recommend exfoliating one to three times per week to keep oils, debris, bacteria and dead skin from building up – all of which can lead to break outs.
Moisturize. Your poor hands! All the washing, sanitizing and disinfecting has probably left them especially dry. To replenish your skin, apply (and reapply) a deep-hydrating lotion. Take it one step further and apply at-home staples such as coconut oil or olive oil to hands and feet, then cover with gloves and socks for 15 to 20 minutes per day.
Apply Sunscreen. Before you head out to walk your dog for the 20th time, make sure to apply sunscreen – on your body and your face – and make sure it is at least SPF 50. If you’re going to be sitting by the pool for an extended period of time or heading out for a run, make sure to reapply.
Change Your Shower Routine. As much as we all love (and deserve) a long, hot shower, it can take away from our skin’s natural thin layer of oil. Switch to shorter, more tepid showers and reach for a gentle lotion-based cleanser. Immediately after you shower, apply a deep-hydrating body lotion or oil. Choose products that include key ingredients like calendula, shea butter, sunflower seed oil and borage.
Stay Hydrated. Since your body uses most of your water intake to repair tissues, skin can dry out and easily crack when consumption drops. To keep this from happening, drink eight glasses of water per day, about eight ounces per glass. When exercising or sitting outside for extended periods of time, drink even more than that.
Get Your Beauty Sleep. As you sleep, you body is rebuilding its cells – including the skin cells. Your outer skin uses this time to shed dead skin cells and replace them with melanocytes, which helps keep your skin fresh and bright. For healthy skin, get at least six to eight hours of sleep per night.
Eat a Well-Balanced Diet. Between the extra baking and boredom eating, this is easier said than done! However, a balanced diet contains all the nutrients necessary to build your body’s tissues and protect you from skin infections. What should your diet include? Lots of fruits and veggies as well as antioxidant rich foods that fight the free radicals that can damage your skin cells.
Use Lemon Juice. For healthy skin, load up on lemons! Drinking lemon juice can help fight free radicals and improve your immune system, thus improving your skin’s quality. Got dark spots? Just apply lemon juice directly onto your skin. In addition, face masks with lemon juice can also help reverse the signs of aging. Just make sure you aren’t allergic!
We hope these tips help, and we can’t wait to see our clients soon! We will continue to keep you updated on our South Tampa med spa and when we plan to reopen our doors. Please stay tuned!