Since the start of confinment, you may have some problems with your skin. This could be manifested by a dull complexion, visibly more tired skin, tightness, drier, oily skin or by the appearance of pimples or eczema. Contrary to what one might think, this is completely normal. The skin is subject to a new way of life, new constraints and new aggressions. So, she tends to react. We explain all this in this article.
The stress. You may be more anxious than usual because you are worried about the health crisis we are going through and the consequences it can and may have on your life. In times of stress, the skin finds it difficult to balance itself. The body secretes a hormone called cortisol, which helps maintain balance in the body. In the event of stress, it is secreted in too large a quantity which causes disturbances (dry, sensitive, oily skin, appearance of acne) and even their aggravation. In addition, the WHO recommendations to increase the concentration of chlorine in the water to destroy even more bacteria, unfortunately cause drying of the skin.
Richer food. Food is good for morale and cooking keeps us busy. However, ready meals are often richer, more fatty and / or sweeter. On your skin, this can cause imperfections to appear. Since fatty food is more difficult to digest, the digestive system has difficulty removing toxins quickly and this leaves traces on your skin. In addition, confinement obliges, farewells to sports halls, farewells to sports training or even daily walking to work. Your physical activity has certainly decreased and you will be surprised at the benefits it can have on your skin. Sport promotes blood circulation. Thus, physical activity naturally purifies the skin (especially when you sweat) and allows oxygenation of cells. With a less active body, it's normal to have bloated pores and blemishes. Again, this may explain dry skin, as sport creates collagen which helps limit dryness and gives it elasticity. In summary, the more we eat, the more the skin undergoes the greater presence of toxins. The body eliminates them less and ingests more.
Exposure to blue light. Emitted by artificial light sources, it is mainly found through our screens (television, mobile phone, computer). The skin naturally has free radicals which play an essential role in the proper functioning of our body because they participate in the destruction of viruses. However, they can be harmful when released in large quantities. The antioxidants present in our body (food, cosmetics) regulate them. However, external aggressions and in particular blue light accentuate their production by the organism. Antioxidants, then outnumbered, are no longer enough to maintain balance. Free radicals attack and destroy our cells. The complexion is duller and the skin lacks elasticity and appears more tired and aged.
So what should we do?
Continue to have a suitable routine. Even if we know that it is more difficult to have a fixed rhythm under these conditions and that we tend to neglect our skin because we have the impression that it is better protected by staying at home, than she needs less attention and she deserves less because you are no longer confronted with the gaze of others, you still have to bring her the necessary assets and listen to her. Your skin, by the sensations it gives you expresses its needs to you. If it tends to be dry then it must be lacking in nutrition, if you see impurities it needs to be cleaned up. So, give her the assets she needs to regulate herself. Anxious and stressed? If you have never had the opportunity to try the "C.H.O gesture" present on the boxes of our products and on our website, we recommend it. Our products have been designed to bring some comfort to your skin and your mind. Confronted daily with blue light for several hours? You can use soothing care, antioxidants and UV protections to limit the effects. Does your skin show that it is exposed to too many toxins? Drink more water, ventilate your home, your mind, your skin, promote detoxifying foods (pineapple, apple, lemon, garlic, turmeric, etc.).
Acceptance and love.
It is not always easy to have skin problems, because it is not "aesthetic", because it can be painful physically and mentally, but also because these problems are difficult to manage. Each skin is different, each skin needs special attention, special care and, we do not tell you enough but, the best beauty advice to apply is to listen to yourself to find your "perfect routine". Don't blame your skin for not being perfect. The different skin types all have advantages. Dry skin is not only tight skin, it is also a fine skin texture and tight pores. Combination and oily skin is not just thick skin with blemishes, it is skin that secretes enough sebum for gentle aging. Self-acceptance is always a difficult step that EVERYONE has to go through. You have to accept having imperfections, skin that does not fit into the "normal" box. You have to accept having days when your epidermis is in “low battery”. We must accept and despite everything listen and pamper according to what this epidermis tells us. Because your skin is not an enemy to fight and make "normal", it is a part of you, but it is not you either. It protects and composes you but does not define you. Because your state of mind certainly has a role to play in all of this. Discomfort rarely brings anything positive. It's okay to have "less" days, but don't just focus on those days. So don't forget to love yourself. You are beautiful.
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