The Covid-19 pandemic has taken a hit on our economy and health. It has also brought about a new norm where working from home is a thing.
This WFH situation is not only making us stressed because it blurs the separation between work and play (some call it “living at work”), but also because it’s taking a toll on our skin. Think ,ore breakouts, oilier skin, unpredictable changes.
Dr Teo Wan Lin (left), founder and medical director of TWL Specialist Skin and Laser Centre, says the changes are normal, more so if you have preexisting oily skin issues, as your skin adjusts to the humidity of a non-aircon environment at home.
Dr Low Chai Ling (middle), founder and medical director of SW1 Clinic, adds that the reduced frequency of regular facials and lasers is a factor. “The lack of it can change the way your skin behaves, making it more clogged or porous looking.” So you should use deep-cleansing products that keep your pores clean before you apply your makeup.
Having to wear a protective mask shouldn’t affect your skincare routine – keep to what you’re doing but opt for lightweight textures. Dr Ivan Puah (left), medical director of Amaris B Clinic, says: “Essential skincare includes proper daily cleansing, toning, serum, moisturising and broad spectrum sunscreen daily.”
Here are tips on how to keep breakouts at bay.