The COVID-19 pandemic has had a lasting effect on many aspects of human behaviour, one of the least expected being a noticeable change in common skincare habits. These actions are not as a direct result of the pandemic, but rather the impact that it has had on our routines.
“We have seen a real change in people’s skincare habits over the past year,” explains Dr Alek Nikolic, renowned specialist in Aesthetic Medicine and Executive Director of high-end online skincare store, SkinMiles.“Less exercise due to being in lockdown; general anxiety and less sleep; binge eating and drinking; and staring at screens for longer (and ourselves in screens) have all led to changes in how our skin behaves. We have seen a real change in the kind of problems that people are trying to treat and the products that they are searching for as a result,” he continues.
As the name suggests, this term refers to acne or blemishes that appear as a result of wearing a face mask. It is caused by the trapping of high moisture content and bacteria on the skin, resulting in a disruption of the all-important skin barrier.
“Over the last couple of months, I have seen so many clients suffering from this issue, and searches for remedies for acne and breakouts have soared. One way to successfully prevent maskne is to use a moisturiser that contains ceramides and hyaluronic acid. Another option is to invest in a face mist, which will instantly hydrate and protect the skin. Two products that deal with problem skin such as this, that I recommend are ALPHA-H Daily Essential Vitamin Mist and sk.in marvel | hydro shot.”
Zoom- induced consultations:
During lockdown, the general population spent a lot of time staring at themselves over a computer screen or in video calls. It comes as no surprise therefore that this activity has resulted in many people being more critical of their appearance and are starting to seek out ways to address these perceived concerns for the first time.
There have been two main concerns queries which have skyrocketed as a result, the first being that people have noticed their frown especially when focusing or concentrating, and feel it makes them look angry. According to Dr Nikolic, “The best approach to this problem is Botox®, however, some people may need filler too, especially if lines are deep and have been visible for a number of years.”
The second concern is a drawn appearance caused by laxity and visible jowls, which is typically caused by looking down towards the screen. “The most effective solution is dermal fillers, which will return volume to the drawn tired looking areas and help lift structures in the face, including the jowls,” he continues.
However, not everyone wants to invest in injectables, so there are some amazing products that can also be used which can lighten, brighten and tighten the skin, giving a younger and more youthful appearance.
Masks and lip fillers:
Lip dermal fillers have become increasingly more popular over the last year as well. This is as a result of people being more concerned about their visual appearance, but also because a mask provides a good way to hide side-effects while recovering from the procedure. This treatment tends to cause visible swelling which can lead to bruising and may last for a few days.
Again, there are always the nonsurgical alternatives. In order to plump up your lips Dr Nikolic suggests trying IMAGE ORMEDIC CFS sheer pink lip enhancement complex and CATRICE Better Than Fake Lips Plumping Lip Primer.
When it comes to any aesthetic medicine everyone should seek advice from industry professionals, such as a skincare therapist, an aesthetic medical doctor or a cosmetic dermatologist, before committing to any decisions.
There are also online consultation options available, including live chats and assessments which provide helpful advice and information. SkinMiles.com offers bespoke advice through their Face2Face Assessment. Simply fill in a few questions and attach a photograph of your face, to receive a recommended personal skin product regime from Dr Alek Nikolic himself.
Visit www.skinmiles.com and sign up for your free Face2Face Assessment. Use the promo code skinmiles5 during the month of April and receive a 5% discount on recommended item.