Combat lockdown skin

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Lockdown skin really is a thing

Are you breaking out more?

Finding random dry patches? Noticing unusual redness? Yup, sounds like you could be suffering from ‘Indoor Face’. You can blame it on, well, being indoors.. not to mention stress, lack of sleep, too much junk food, increased screen time, not enough sunlight, central heating… the list goes on! The effects of being stuck indoors can quite literally be seen on our faces.

As beauty salons, spas and skin clinics have been forced to close once more, keeping up our regular skin care appointments has become impossible, and even though staying in might not sound that bad during the colder months, it can affect your skin health in a number of ways.

Our skin guru Claire Williams, founder and CEO of WOW facial is on hand to help. Here she talks about what ‘Indoor Face’ may mean for you:


Surprise Spots

“You are not alone if your skin is breaking out a lot more right now. Stress levels are high, and as a result you may be lacking in sleep, binge eating or drinking more alcohol, which are all culprits of acne.” says Claire.

Patchy Dryness

According to Claire, “Flaky or dry skin during lockdown is another common skin problem caused by stress, poor sleeping patterns, dehydration, increased screen time and not moisturising enough. Another often overlooked stress factor for the skin is central heating, because skin exposed to artificial warmth can lose its natural hydration and glow. That ‘fake warmth’ can really increase sensitivity, dryness and cracking.”

Skin irritation, redness and rashes 

Claire suggests, “If you’re taking the opportunity during lockdown to dial into some of those Zoom fitness classes everyones been raving about, or you’ve gone on a cleaning frenzy (lets face it, it happens to the best of us!), then remember to shower straight afterwards as sweat tends to accumulate, causing rashes, redness and irritation.”


Lockdown skin really is a thing

“Another culprit could be that essential anti-bacterial hand sanitiser, the high alcohol content on our hands will inevitably transfer to our faces which really isn't ideal for the skin.” Claire adds.

Fine lines

“Dubbed “screen face” by the Daily Mail, all this extra screen time binging on Netflix, scrolling on ‘the gram’, finding out what ‘Tik Tok’ is all about and “going” to Zoom house parties, along with new unhealthy dietary habits, could lead to an increase in those pesky fine lines and wrinkles.” says Claire.


Lockdown skin really is a thing

What is the best action to take to prevent ‘Indoor Face’?

Aside from stating the obvious… clean up your diet, drink plenty of water, get some exercise and reduce your screen time..  Claire says “make sure you invest in a good skincare routine, as it will make all the difference, as will applying sunscreen everyday, even indoors!”

She suggests to cleanse, tone and moisturise during the day, followed by a good sunscreen, as you should really consider protecting your face from the light coming from devices. It has been proven, in fact, that the blue light from screens can be really detrimental for skin health.

WOW facial has recently launched a new active SPF ‘Synergy 6 NX-Gen SPF 50’ that combines a 3D Physical Filter with revolutionary technological advances in environmental filters. It represents a new era in sun protection and damage prevention, because it lowers the risk of irritation from sun and screen lights, and it enhances the period of protection. Its physical filter, antioxidants and peptides also protect cellular integrity and stimulate collagen and elastin.

In addition, Claire suggests using the 'WOW Facial at Home' kit when seeing your practitioner is impossible. This new generation home skincare treatment uses active ingredients and a revolutionary device, to offer a very similar experience to a professional in clinic WOW facial. If you love the results of your WOW facials, then you’ll really love this kit.

Click here to see what’s included in the kit as well as how to use it.

Lockdown skin really is a thing

Looks like it’s time to emerge from the depths of your sofa, duvet, makeshift office and get your outdoor glow back.

If you’d like to get your hands on these revolutionary products, select ‘Find a provider’ from the main menu, enter your postcode and choose ‘WOW facial centre’ from the dropdown category filter, then click search. Your nearest practitioners will be listed, so you can contact your nearest clinic to purchase them.