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With the current situation, many of us have found ourselves working from home. As a parent, it’s not always easy – especially if you’re trying to balance homeschooling your kids whilst working from home. Without the need to actually leave the house, our routine has definitely changed a lot in recent weeks. Some of the changes have been positive, such as having a more flexible routine, being able to cook lunch fresh every day, and getting school work out of the way earlier.
However, there have been some negatives, one of which being my skin. Since I’ve been at home, I have noticed that my skin has become dry and tender in lots of areas, something I never really had any issue with. This is down to a number of reasons, most likely (right now) poor diet, dry air and stress. If this sounds familiar, don’t fret – I’ve partnered with the skincare experts at Jurlique to round up the main reasons why your skin may be feeling dry during the lockdown, and how to fix it.
1) Poor diet
While baking is a fun activity to keep the kids entertained, it has meant our diet has gone a little off-course. I know the homemade cake is the best, but my waistline doesn’t agree! Plus, I can’t remember the last time I drank over 2 litres of water – in fact, I’d be surprised if I’m drinking a pint a day.
It’s important to remember that hydrated skin starts from the inside out. Drinking at least 2 litres of water a day, eating a balanced diet, and introducing foods with high water content, such as watermelon or lettuce, all help keep the skin hydrated. Along with aiming to do all of these things, I’m also going to try to get back into fitness – I find that doing it first thing in the morning keeps me motivated and makes me feel better for the rest of the day.
Between working from home and homeschooling, the last 8 weeks have probably been the most full-on in a long time in my life. Through all of this, I’m finding that trying to balance so much is having an impact on my body.
Stress can definitely take its toll on your skin, in ways that include deepening fine lines and wrinkles. There are a few ways I could look after my body and skin better, such as getting to bed earlier, drinking fewer caffeinated beverages, going on a technology detox, or running myself a relaxing bath.
3) Dry air
During lockdown, I’ve hardly left the house, and being stuck indoors staring at your computer screen is far from the best way to look after yourself. On top of this, staying indoors all day means the dry air inside your home dries out the moisture in your skin faster than usual.
To combat this drying effect, it’s a good idea to stick to a consistent skincare routine that includes moisturising creams and serums. One of the reasons my skin is so dry at the moment is that I’m not following a consistent skincare routine. Keeping a bottle of hydrating mist by your desk can also be a great way to instantly hydrate and refresh the skin throughout the day, whenever it’s feeling dry.
How I’m looking after my skin during the lockdown
As I get used to the “new normal”, I’m planning to look at my choices and try to treat my body and skin a little better in the coming weeks and months.
To improve my skin, I’ve chosen Jurlique’s natural skincare. In particular, I’ve been loving their Activating Water Essence and the Moisture Plus Rare Rose range, which are both perfect for dry and dehydrated skin. Roses are known to have exceptional hydrating properties, and the calming scent is also known for reducing stress – a great bonus!
Also, a fun fact: The Jurlique Rose range is grown and harvested at their biodynamic farm, based in the South Australian hills. Their skincare has been scientifically proven to improve the skin’s barrier function and retain essential moisture, which is why it has gained so many followers around the world.
I start off my skincare routine with Activating Water Essence, which helps to keep the skin soothed and balanced. It also helps to retain moisture, which in turn keeps your skin hydrated and feeling great.
Then, I apply a layer of Moisture Plus Rare Rose Serum. This provides the skin with a hit of intense hydration, which will last throughout the day and soothe the skin. Finally, I finish it off with the Moisture Plus Rare Rose Lotion, which is a light moisturiser to relieve dehydrated skin. It’s also suitable for all skin types, which is perfect in this current climate.
I’m not getting any younger, and that comes with its own challenges. However, there’s nothing stopping me from looking after the things I can control, starting with my health, diet, and skincare routine! Given all the extra time I have on my hands right now, there are no real excuses for not looking into these.
To find out more about Jurlique’s natural skincare, head over to their website.