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Skin Care During Quarantine

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Staring at the rows of skincare products in shops can be daunting. What is my skin type? What are the product ingredients? This is the best brand- but it’s too expensive! If I buy something cheaper, will it be of good quality? The questions are endless, and the confusion keeps escalating to the point that you end up without a set skincare routine.

Now, with quarantine in place, you can use the extra time into finding out what suits you best and invest accordingly. But, before busting your allowances, you need to understand the foundation products and what they do.

Your basic skincare routine should ideally include a cleanser, exfoliator, toner, serum, moisturizer, and an eye cream along with a lip balm.


Let’s start with a Cleanser: These are simple products, either gel or foam based. Their primary aim is to clean out any bacteria, pollutants that have built up on your face. This should be gentle on the skin to prevent stripping off all the natural oils from the face and should be used daily, a minimum of two times a day.

What’s more important is that a gentle cleanser will prevent stripping of the skin’s barrier. Your skin barrier is a protective outer layer on your skin that prevents irritants, bacteria, and dirt from penetrating into the skin.

The next step is to Exfoliate: An exfoliator’s job is to remove any dead skin cells, strip off excess bacteria and pollutants. Contrary to popular belie(and this is something I am guilty of as well), exfoliators are used after you cleanse.

Cleansing first cleans off the base build up and following it up with exfoliation will take off any excess. Exfoliating after will also soften your skin and allow the growth of a fresh layer of skin cells.

Most often, people with oily and acne-prone skin will benefit from using this frequently. Those with dry and sensitive skin should exfoliate maximum once to twice a week (at the weekends is the best, you can scrub off the entire weeks’ build-up of dead cells). This is because those with this skin type already have a minimal amount of oils and a simple, gentle moisturizing cleanser should be just enough.


Toner: People are under the misconception that toner and exfoliator almost do the same job. While a toner does remove stubborn impurities and makeup, its job is to also shrink pores. It also restores your skin’s oil balances that had been stripped off during cleansing and exfoliating.

This is a highly recommended treatment, especially on days when you decide to skip the exfoliating and, toning can incredibly be satisfying when swiping the soaked cotton across your face.


Now that you’ve stripped off every toxic material, it’s time to replenish your skin. And the best way is to start with a serumSerums are nutrient-dense treatments for specific concerns, which is why wearing them before a moisturizer is imperative. It’s essential to choose a serum that suits your needs as they penetrate deep into the skin.

Serums are the best option for anyone with dry skin, as they are known to have hydrating elements. They are best worn at night before sleeping so that it does its job while you get your beauty sleep.

Moisturizer: is something you just don’t miss. A serum can be started with at a later age but not a moisturizer. And this is for all types of skin, even if you have oily skin. As the name suggests, a moisturizer ensures your face is hydrated. It helps lock in all the essential oils and moisture that is stripped off during the use of exfoliation, cleansing, harsh weather, and so on.  

A moisturizer is worn at the start of the day, either on its own or before you apply makeup. It also should be worn at night, before sleeping, right after you apply your serum. Doing this before you sleep will help activate ingredients and help treat your skin without any chance of being washed off by sweat, and harsh climate.  Day and Night moisturizers? 

Day– usually a gel-based, to prevent your skin from looking oily. This worn to protect your skin from makeup and also gives you a rich and healthy glow.

Night- A much thicker and creamier consistency cream containing hyaluronic acid to help hydrate the skin as they seep into it over-night, all the while moisturizing and repairing the cells. Now is the time for you to snooze and let your skin recover from the harsh treatment it has received all day.

Now for the next step.

Eye cream and Lip balm– There’s nothing much to be said about these two products. However, they are the two products that are used the least until we face a day with baggy eyes and chapped lips. Eye creams are equipped with ingredients to tackle issues such as puffiness, wrinkles, and dark circles. 

Lip balms- well, we all have at some point come across a tube of butter balm, petroleum jelly, something with a tint! Most of the time, this little product is used just when you have dry and cracked lips. Incorporating lip balms into your daily skincare routine can help prevent cracks and chaps from the simple actions that you probably won’t even notice: wearing glosses, tints, lipsticks (especially mattifying one’s that can dry out your lips) and consuming spicy foods. Did you know, even licking your lips dries them out?  

Want to advance your routine a little?

Now you know what your basic routine should consist of and what role each product plays. Here are some additional products that can be incorporated into your routines.

Masks– Sheet masks, peel off masks, cream masks, homemade masks, the list goes on. Masks are perfect for a weekly treatment jammed up with nutrients that are perfect for treating a specific skin cause. Most masks show results pretty quickly, which means that they have highly concentrated ingredients such as vitamins and nutrients to improve your skin’s health. They are a physical barrier, locking in beneficial ingredients and allowing them to absorb more efficiently.

Facial Oils– These are more organic and natural ingredients that help moisturize your skin. They perform the same task as a moisturizer, except they include a lot more natural ingredients; oils work a bit slower and are a lot more expensive but, they do add an extra layer of protection and keep your skin hydrated.

Sun cream- Whether it’s summer, winter, spring or autumn, this should be the last step in your daytime skincare routine, put on just 15 minutes before you’re about to expose yourself to the sun. It’s essential to invest in a quality sun cream to protect yourself from UV rays that can cause sunburns, discolorations and dark spots, sagging or leathery skin, and wrinkles. 

While these are just a few products, the world of skincare is never-ending and forever evolving, with top-notch products being introduced at a rapid speed. But, before investing in expensive products, it’s crucial to establish a basic routine to know your skincare needs. Establishing a successful routine will require research, trial, and error. Use this time now craft your routine!

Take care and stay safe!

Written by Michelle Almeida

Edited by Madeleine Gill

Madeleine and Hesther are your health & beauty editors

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