Time in isolation forced you to re-examine your skincare routine (or lack thereof)? It happened to Index’s editor-in-chief, Adam Bryce, and he’s done the research so you don’t have to.
TEXT: ADAM BRYCE
I’m not normally the best at looking after my skin. In fact, I’m not normally the best at most aspects of wellness. But this time in lockdown has brought what were already issues for me to the fore. So, for all the men who, like me, normally don’t even moisturise and are now realising there’s a lot to be done, let me delve into the depths of men’s skincare for us all.
One of the biggest things I’ve noticed is how dry my skin has become — to the point of not just noticeably looking dry but my face has a weird feeling too.
This is caused mainly by the lack of humidity we experience indoors. Drinking water can only partially help this, so it’s important we get some time outdoors. We all know that’s not so easy at the moment though, so it’s a good idea to have an effective moisturiser on hand too. Try Seeking Silence Hydrator by Aēsop, Maximum Hydrator Activated Water-Gel Concentrate by Clinique for Men or Natural Moisturising Factors + HA by The Ordinary.
Feeling tired — body and skin
An obvious effect of all this time inside is a decrease in Vitamin D exposure. If you’re feeling tired or down at the moment, this could be why. So get outside and enjoy that sun. Vitamin D is fat-soluble and is best metabolised when taken with a fat or oil containing pairing, such as Omega-3 fatty acid supplements.
We’ve all suddenly got a lot of extra time on our hands, so we might as well use it for some self improvements. Try your first-ever hydrating face mask, it will help with the dry skin but it might just become something that’s worth doing more often.
With all the extra hand-washing going on, one thing we’ve all probably realised is that soap dries out our hands. Handcream is our best friend at this time. Add a tube next to your hand soap in the bathroom to make it part of your hand-washing routine. And why not get a bit bougie with it? It will impress your guests — post lockdown, of course.
Healthy from the inside out
One thing I’ve been thinking a lot about is that this could be the perfect time to improve my diet. It’s somewhat enforced due to the fact that I haven’t been able to eat out or get takeaways delivered but, nevertheless, it’s a great time to ensure your body is getting all the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and build immunity. Apparently you should aim for the most colourful veggies. That doesn’t seem too difficult…