It has been four weeks (who is even tracking?) since we got quarantined due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The beauty industry has felt so much of its impact and many people may not know when they will be able to schedule their next appointment. Having said that, in this time we can notice that there’s been a lot of worrying.
The question that’s been bugging everyone’s mind: is it possible to maintain the results of your most recent treatment while being under quarantine? The answer is “YES!” Here are some things you can do to help preserve your recent treatments for as long as possible.
Minimise sun exposure
Whether you received injectable treatments or not, limiting your exposure to the sun is a good habit. We may not be allowed outside for a long period of time, but walks to the grocery stores still expose us to UV rays. Sun damage to the skin is the leading cause of wrinkles and sun exposure can reverse the benefits of your anti-wrinkle treatment.
Every time you go outside (or sit near a window), good rule of thumb is to apply sunscreen with a high SPF to your face, neck and hands to keep your skin at its best! Now is a time to lean on sunscreen—yes, even indoors.
Maintain a good skin care regimen
Fillers will last longer on hydrated skin so it is important to make sure you do moisturize with a light cream each morning and a thicker lotion at night. Use moisturizers that contain vitamin C, retinol or hydrochloric acid as these ingredients keep the skin plump and young looking.
Continual skin care will ensure that the skin stays younger-looking for a longer period of time. This is the perfect time to start and maintain a good skin care regimen since most people are staying at home. Make sure that you stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
Take zinc supplements
Various studies have shown that zinc makes anti-wrinkle treatments last longer and reacts directly with the levels of zinc in our bodies. That supplementation can increase the effects up to thirty percent. Not to mention the boost to your immune system which is especially important in the current environment. This is a great addition to your daily routine!
We are living in a very stressful time and it is more important than ever to try to remain positive and calm. While it may be hard to avoid stress in the middle of a pandemic, studies have shown that our bodies produce cortisol which can quicken the aging process and undo the effects of the treatment.
You may be worried about your appearance as the results of your recent treatment wear off. Many people may be tempted to constantly look in the mirror and tend to furrow their brows and frown more often, which can lead to wrinkles and shorten the effects of anti-wrinkle treatment.
Eating a balanced diet not only affects your health, but also improves the appearance of your skin. Limiting sugar intake is also a great way to preserve fillers and anti-wrinkle treatments since sugar binds to collagen and elastin, which weighs them down, resulting in wrinkles. By maintaining a steady weight and limiting sugar, dairy and processed food, you will help your skin look young and fresh.
Sleeping on your side can cause the delicate skin on your chest and face to crease and wrinkle. Avoid if you can, or reduce the effects that side sleeping has on your skin by switch to a silk pillowcase which is gentler and doesn’t lock in oils and debris like cotton does.
Stay in contact with your injector
As the need to maintain social distancing arises, many injectors are offering online consultations. If you regularly get treatments, consider reaching out to your injector for an online video consultation to discuss options while you're at home and get a plan in place to resume treatments once the crisis passes.
To my clients who might be feeling anxious and worried, don’t stress, this too shall pass. Self care is really important during this time. I hope you are focusing on your overall health, on sleeping well, and eating healthier more than ever. Don’t worry. I can take care of those sun spots and fine lines after this whole virus ends.