Plus, as Orlando, FL dermatologist Allison Arthur, MD says, a good old-fashioned de-cluttering can provide some peace, since, as she puts it, “outer order leads to inner calm. “Now is a great time to ‘Marie Kondo’ your skin-care products,” suggests East Greenwich, RI dermatologist Caroline Chang, MD. “Go through your medicine cabinet, check expiration dates on products and throw away anything expired.
While purging feels good whether it’s your pores or expired skin care, Covington, LA dermatologist Christel Malinski, MD points out that a lot of people don’t like "retinoid dermatitis"—otherwise known as the initial peeling, scaling and flaking that can come with introducing that gold-standard, anti-aging ingredient of retinol to your skin. “Now that many of us are working from home and social-distancing, it’s the perfect time for a little social downtime.
Santa Monica, CA dermatologist Ava Shamban, MD agrees, adding that setting your sights on your beauty routine might even provide a little bit of stress-relief. “We have to stay safe, we have to shelter in place, but that can lead to a lot of anxiety and OCD,” she says. “If you can, channel that energy into doing a facial, a mask, a body treatment, an at-home spa moment—doing all of these things can help soothe.
Put aside your heavy-duty moisturizers and gentle cleansers and switch to lighter moisturizers and stronger cleaners to cut through the oil and humidity build-up,” Dr. Chang says. “With more time in the morning and night at home for skin care, try to get in the zone with a regimen so when life gets busy again, your skin-care routine will be second nature.
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