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Talking about skincare or beauty, in general, might sound shallow at a time when COVID19 is closing in on us. But, it’s an important time since everyone is working out of the home to understand how we approach skincare and hygiene. Call it self care during coronavirus. 

This is also a time to revist old, effective habits, overhaul your skincare, and understand the basics to create new paths of wellness. We’ve put together a list of things you could do as you self-quarantine and social-distance yourself. 

Washing hands

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By now, every leaflet and social media post is saying one thing and one thing only — wash your hands properly. Experts are asking you to wash hands, use sanitizer frequently, and not touch any surfaces. And the basic rule: You need to wash your hands for 20 seconds and anything less is ineffective. Time it by singing the full happy birthday song, twice. And as for a sanitizer, use one from your local chemist that contains at least 60% alcohol and rub it into your hands for at least 20 seconds to ensure full coverage. 

Immunity-boosting foods for your body and skin 

It’s all about detoxing and working on your insides, so choose whole foods, eat more fruits, and go low on sugar and carbs. Don’t forget potent immune-boosting nutrients that will give your body an extra wall of defense. Zinc fights against viruses so eat your weight in pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and egg yolks. Get lots of vitamin C through citrus fruits, kiwis, papaya, and strawberries. Selenium helps too, so binge on organic meats/eggs, onion, garlic and broccoli. Everything can add up to a beautiful glow. 

Use good hand creams and hand masks

You are religiously washing your hands and that means, your skin is dry to the bone and the natural oils in your skin are stripped off. Alcohol-based sanitisers do tend to dry out your skin so invest in moisturising and nourishing hand creams. Our picks: Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream; Sephora Watermelon Hand Balm; Innisfree Jeju Life Perfumed Hand Cream; L’Occitane Lavender Hand Cream, and even an interesting hand serum from Forest Essentials

If you feel extra hydration is important, try a hand mask. Our favourite ones are The Face Shop Rich Hand V Special Care Hand Mask and LuxaDerme Deep Moisturizing – Hand Hydration Gloves

A unique sanitizer and hand cream in the market is the Dot & Key Hand Cream with Rose Geranium & Shea — it actually contains non-alcohol-based antibacterials and gives you intense hydration.

Choose the right skincare

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Take this time to make your skincare game strong and clutter-free. Get rid of old makeup and skincare, those that are past their expiry date and pare down your routine to include essentials. Serums with active ingredients, a good moisturiser, and a great sunscreen are basics. Rest of those essences and oils are an added plus. 

Drinks lots of water

Two litres of water a day is mandatory, which means glowing skin alongside good health. Your body and your skin will thank you for the hydration. 

Choose the right containers

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This might seem silly but exclude products that need you to dip your finger in them — you might carry germs into it. So, this is a good time to evaluate whether your skincare packaging is healthy. Look for stick cleansers and masks. Moisturisers with pumps and nozzles are better than ones that come in jars. Tubes are better and so are creams that come with spatulas. 

No sharing of beauty products

Joey doesn’t share food and you should do the same with your skincare. Mark your territory. 

Tools for the win

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Stop using fingers. Use blenders, brushes, and sponges, and sanitize them well and often. Foreo and Clarisonic are a good bet if you ask us. But first, try to keep them clean. 

Anything with alcohol works

Remember how drying is alcohol? This time choose products that do contain alcohol because it can help with sanitisation. Alcohol-based toners are a better idea at this point, as are alcohol-based makeup removers. Don’t forget to set your face with an alcohol-based makeup mist too. Add a layer of hydrating cream to the mix to keep dryness at bay. 

Create a barrier; add sunscreen 

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How can one resist the urge to touch your face? Using thicker creams that offer hydration like the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre that suits all skin types and add a zinc-based sunscreen into the mix. Kama Ayurveda Natural Sun Protection; Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF50+

Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.