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Looking after your skin during the COVID-19 pandemic

Looking after your skin during the COVID-19 pandemic
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As we enter into the 'new normal' where face coverings and frequent handwashing are part of our daily routine, it's important to keep our skin protected. Many people with skin conditions have seen flareups and increased sensitivity, namely eczema, acne, and dermatitis. By using gentle skincare formulas, you can keep irritation at bay and alleviate the feeling of dry skin.

Pharmacy Skincare

Pharmacy skincare brands offer a wide range of skincare solutions for sensitive skin. Many formulas are fragrance-free and hypoallergenic, using ceramides and Hyaluronic Acid to repair and strengthen the skin's natural barrier. By switching to gentle skincare, this can treat and prevent flareups of 'maskne'.

The Vichy Mineral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Hydration Booster is an award-winning fortifying treatment that delivers deep hydration and pollution defence. For best results, apply this in mornings and evenings as part of your daily skincare routine.

Prebiotic and Probiotic Skincare

As skincare research and technology has advanced throughout the years, you can now use 'prebiotic' and 'probiotic' skincare formulas to protect and improve the condition of your skin. Prebiotic skincare supports the skin's natural balance (skin microbiome) by creating the ideal environment for good bacteria to grow. Probiotic skincare helps to activate the skin's repair process and ensure optimum microbiome diversity.

The skin microbiome is constantly changing and is influenced by factors such as age, weather and level of exposure to external aggressors. By incorporating prebiotic and probiotic skincare into your skincare routine, this allows your skin barrier to function optimally and protect against environmental stressors. At a time when mask-wearing can exacerbate skin conditions, prebiotic and probiotic skincare are topical remedies that can offer relief from dryness and sensitivity.

The Probiotic Concentrate by Aurelia Probiotic Skincare is a skincare gamechanger. Lightweight but high-performance, this nourishing treatment stimulates the skin's healing system to repair damage at a deep level. Formulated with the incredible probiotic culture 'Bifida Ferment Lysate', this wonder elixir will become an essential step in your evening skincare routine.

Soothing Skincare

Wearing a mask, even just temporarily whilst you go shopping, can cause irritation on the skin. This, combined with the warmer weather during the summer months, can leave the skin feeling uncomfortable and can cause redness, especially for those who are prone to it. Use a soothing formula such as the Darphin Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum to keep your skin calm and hydrated to alleviate seasonal and mask related skin problems. The blend of chamomile, hawthorn and peony extracts help to soothe the skin, providing it with the essential nourishment and moisture that it needs to protect the natural barrier, keeping it strong, healthy and even.

Fragrance-Free Hand Sanitizer

If your hands suffer from sensitivity and irritation, you may see an improvement by switching to a fragrance-free hand sanitizer. The La Roche-Posay Hyaluronic Purifying Hand Gel is ideal for sensitive skin as it contains a host of gentle hydrating ingredients such as Glycerin.

Nourishing Hand Creams

After washing your hands, make sure to apply a nourishing hand cream. The Ameliorate Intensive Hand Treatment is suitable for dry and dehydrated hands, working to condition and replenish moisture to the skin. The key ingredient of Lactic Acid is lightly exfoliating, making it the perfect topical treatment for smooth, soft hands. There is a light fragrance to this hand cream, and the formula has been approved by dermatologists.

Hydrating Lip Balms

When wearing a face covering, it can be difficult to keep your lips hydrated. We recommend applying a nourishing lip treatment at night, as this will seal in moisture and prevent dryness. The Weleda Skin Food Lip Balm is the perfect choice, formulated with soothing plant extracts Chamomile and Calendula.

To help you create the perfect skincare routine for your skin type, discover the LOOKFANTASTIC Build your Routine platform.

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