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Social distancing is not stopping any of us from working! Many of us were deemed “essential” so are now migrating from working in office to at home. I’m used to working from home, but those that are new due to the Corona Virus, aka COVID-19, will definitely feel the effects of staying at home. But to be fair, it takes a toll on all of us stuck at home, because we at least are able to head outdoors and get some work done, but this time around, we aren’t allowed.


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SO, I have created a new blog series for you all to help you get through your social distancing. This is in collaboration with another blogger within the GTA! I want to introduce to you the adorable, Mackenzie Strong, pictured on the right, on Dear Kenzie. She posts recipes, health tips, about lifestyle and travel. Go follow her for some health inspiration!

You will find us both encouraging you to set routines in our blog series! You have to keep yourself busy and we will express why it is important to keep a routine. This is another insightful, in depth post for you, so grab a coffee and let’s hop right to it!

RUN DOWN OF SOCIAL DISTANCING

It’s been approximately 2 weeks since we have been told to stay home to help stop the rise of cases. We are told to follow these protocols because we don’t want it to get any worse in 2 weeks. If you haven’t done your research, haven’t been in the loop of it all, then let me tell you simply. STAY HOME FOR AT LEAST TWO WEEKS. GO OUT ONLY IF YOU NEED NECESSITIES LIKE GROCERIES. DO NOT HOARD PURCHASES. LEAVE SOME FOR THE ELDERLY, AKA THOSE WHO ARE MOST AT RISK (THOSE THAT CANNOT SURVIVE THIS PANDEMIC). BY STAYING HOME AND LIMITING YOUR INTERACTIONS WITH OTHERS, YOU ARE HELPING SPREAD A DISEASE THAT LINGERS FOR WEEKS. SO STAY HOME. BE CLEAN.

Social distancing, social isolation, whatever you are calling it, will take a toll on us mentally and physically. We are, for now, allowed to go outdoors, with limited interactions, to get our exercise. If you don’t need to, don’t go out.

WHY DAILY ROUTINES ARE IMPORTANT

Setting routines in our lives ultimately creates structure in our lives, and we ultimately save time! We free up time that we would otherwise spend on planning, decision-making etc. Believe me, without any planning, my sister and I have sat for HOURS on end thinking about what we can do. So many hours added up, we have probably wasted DAYS, if not WEEKS in our lives so far.

Setting routines means we instill good habits, and we break the bad habits. This helps us become more proficient. That is, we become better at doing things because you do it regularly. Bonus: you gain more knowledge! Who doesn’t love learning and teaching others? More practice means getting better at the task, right? I’m not going to say “practice makes perfect” because there is no such thing as perfection.

Setting routines means we learn to prioritize. We reduce procrastination, and in turn, will help reduce stress and facilitates relaxation. With that being said, learning to prioritize, means we are working towards achieving our goals. Sticking to a routine means we’re congruent with our goals, ensuring success.

SETTING ROUTINES REDUCE STRESS. STRESS IS ONE OF MANY TRIGGERS IN SKINCARE.

Now the purpose of this blog post, was to encourage you to keep up your skincare routine, and give you tips. You should be keeping yourself busy anyways to keep yourself mentally healthy, and one of the best ways to do that is to set routines and time for yourself. We know that stress is a big trigger in skincare, but there are many other factors in healthy skin from what products you’re using, how frequently you’re putting time aside for your skin, your diet, environmental factors, etc. We are all stuck at home now. So now is your time to MAKE TIME for your skincare.

My routine consists of waking up to immediately tie my hair, brush my teeth, and wash face. Depending on the day, I usually alternate between cleansers. I have one with a small percentage of salicylic acid to help manage my breakouts, and one for one when I need the extra kick to wake up! I’ve attached my links of the two cleansers I use below:

Murad Time Release Blemish Cleanser, $51 CAD

Garnier Bio Lemognrass Gel Wash, $9.99 CAD at Shoppers Drug Mart

MY TIPS

The following are tips that I believe are beneficial to EVERYONE. Whether you suffer from normal skin, dry skin, redness, acne prone skin, or any sensitivity, I’ve curated a list of tips that I think you should consider incorporating into your skincare routine.

1. ADD VITAMIN A TO YOUR ROUTINE


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not my photo. taken from google.

Vitamin A is also known as retinol. All retinoids are derived from vitamin A, and is a type of retinoid. Vitamin A boosts collagen and reduces pigmentation, and helps to fight off wrinkles.

Vitamin A

“…vitamin A levels is the root cause of unhealthy looking skin.”

  • normalizes how cells function; influences cells to behave in a younger, healthier way, giving the youthful and more radiant glow

  • improves problematic skin conditions such as acne, by normalizing oil production, leaving skin less oily and more balanced

  • normalize appearance of pigmentation

  • assists in promotion of healthy collagen and elastin

  • helps speed up healing, prevent breakouts and support skin’s immune system

  • promotes natural moisturizing – which means it helps to hydrate the skin effectively

There is a lot to know about retinol. As The Zoe Report notes in their article “15 Retinol Facts That You Probably Didn’t Know” , there is almost a learning curve for your skin during the first few weeks of use which typically presents as dry skin, redness, peeling and overall inflammation.

For the full lengthy but informative article, click here. I will summarize the article below for you about retinol and include my thoughts:

  • Fights wrinkles: alters behaviour of aged epidermal and dermal cells to act more in a youthful manner while preserving and enhancing skin’s blood vessel network

  • Don’t wait to until you have wrinkles to use it (this goes for 20-something year olds! incorporate anti-aging skincare products NOW)

  • If you need help to treat severe cases of acne, always talk to a dermatologist for expert opinions on your skin. They can help you break everything down.

  • OTC retinol can cause irritation! It is not uncommon to feel tingly effects when applying products with retinol

  • Look for formulas with soothing ingredients to mitigate risk of irritation (they’re usually mixed with antioxidants like vitamins A, C and E; oaatmeal, peptides, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid

  • Should always be paired with Sunscreen & Antioxidants. Retinol makes your skin more sensitive to pollution! So may be best to use it less during the winter

  • Retinol boosts natural production of collagen, thus leading to fewer fine lines, wrinkles and plumper skin

  • You may want to wait 30 minutes after washing your face to apply retinol. “Water mixed with retinoids can exacerbate the side effects.”

  • Use them at night for best results

  • Don’t mix with AHAs, BHAs, or Benzoyl Peroxide

  • Don’t need to use every night

If you’re interested in a product: check out Mad Hippie’s Vitamin A serum, incorporated into the recent product review, you can view here.

VITAMIN A RICH FOODS YOU CAN INCORPORATE INTO YOUR DIET

  • Carrot

  • squash

  • dark leafy greens

  • sweet potato

  • pumpkin

  • red pepper

  • apricot

  • mango

  • tomato

  • peach

2. ADD VITAMIN C INTO YOUR ROUTINE


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not my photo. taken from google.

Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid and L-ascorbic acid. Vitamin C isn’t produced in the body, so the only way to get it is through supplements or your diet – like citrus fruits such as oranges, are famously rich in Vitamin C. “Vitamin C is an essential nutrient in tissue repair, and the enzymatic production of various transmitters,” says Dr. Patricia Wexler, a dermatologist in New York City.

The biggest benefits of this vitamin is when it is applied topically versus ingested via an oral supplement or your diet.

Vitamin C Benefits in skin:

  • Antioxidant; helps to protect skin cells from damaging free radicals caused by UV exposure and aging

  • Inhibits melanin production in the skin (collagen builder)

    • Lighten hyper pigmentation and brown spots

    • Evens out skin tone

    • Enhance skin radiance

  • Applied as a serum, it is more effective in that serums penetrate beneath the skin barriers, more than any cream or toners you use. Note: serums are used after cleansing and before applying moisturizer and sunscreen

Vitamin C Rich Foods:

  • Bell peppers

  • Kiwi

  • Strawberries

  • Oranges

  • Papaya

  • Broccoli

  • Tomatoes

  • Peas

  • Kale

What To Look For

You can maximize the benefits of vitamin C by combining it with other antioxidants. “This works best with vitamin E and ferulic acid,” says Chapas. “Together, they have optimal absorption benefits when it comes to anti-aging, skin brightening, and protection against free radical damage.”

It also plays well with vitamin B and hyaluronic acid. However, “do not mix vitamin C with a retinol or niacinamide,” because the pH levels are incompatible, says Wexler. If you want to use both, she suggests waiting half an hour between applications.

Also worth noting: Vitamin C is notoriously prone to oxidizing. “It can break down when it’s exposed to light or air,” says Chapas. “Always check expiration dates on your products, and if you notice a sour smell or discoloration, it’s most likely breaking down.”

Source: CNN

3. Add vitamin D into your routine


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not my photo. taken from google.

Vitamin D, or the “sunshine vitamin” is produces in your skin, in response to sunlight. It’s a fat-soluble vitamin in a family of compounds that includes vitamins D1, D2, and D3. Your body naturally produces Vitamin D when it is directly exposed to sunlight, and can be attained through certain foods and supplements to help ensure adequate levels of the vitamin in your blood.

Benefits:

  • vital in regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorus

  • facilitates normal immune system

  • important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth

  • improved resistance against certain diseases like Multiple Sclerosis, heart disease, the flu

  • reduces depression

  • boosts weight loss

  • plays a role in skin protection and rejuvenation

  • can help reduce inflammation, therefore help with acne

Vitamin D Food Sources

  • Mushrooms

  • Flax Seeds

  • Salmon

  • Herring and Sardines

  • Cod liver oil

  • Canned tuna

  • Egg yolks

  • Cow’s milk

  • Soy milk

  • Orange Juice

4. Add vitamin e in your routine


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Vitamin E is a fat-soluble, essential nutrient with anti-inflammatory properties. It helps to support the immune system, cell function, and skin health. The antioxidant properties make it effective in combating the effects of free radicals produced by the metabolism of food and toxins in the environment. Further, it can also be beneficial at reducing UV damage to the skin.

Vitamin E may be beneficial at reducing UV damage to skin.

It may also be effective at reducing the symptoms of atopic dermatitis and fatty liver disease, and for slowing the progression of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.

Vitamin E is even used to widen blood vessels, reducing the risk of blood clots.

UV light and sun exposure reduce vitamin E levels in skin. Vitamin E levels also decrease with age. However, vitamin E is available in many foods, in supplement form, and as an ingredient in products applied topically.

Source: HealthLine

To view UV related skincare, check my blog post here.

Vitamin E Foods

  • nuts and seeds, such as sunflower seeds, almonds, hazelnuts

  • vegetable oils, including sunflower, wheat germ, and safflower oil

  • broccoli, spinach, and other green vegetables

  • abalone, salmon, and other seafood

  • avocado

  • sweet potato

5. Use Face Masks


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Use all your face masks that you have sitting there! We all have a selection of face masks sitting there we wanted to try. So why not use them now? You’re sitting there anyways watching Netflix anyways right? Give your skin that little kick it needs!

Pick a mask, and sit there for 20 minutes while watching something. If you somehow don’t have any, then most likely you have fresh ingredients sitting around your house that you can use for masks!

  • Ex: eggs, honey, avocado, lemon, turmeric, banana, sugar, coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil, oats, ground coffee

I won’t go in depth with this because I want to do a longer blog post specifically for this. But if you’re interested in doing face masks using ingredients you have at home, google some!

6. Eat and drink your way to healthy skin

  • drink lots of water; if you hate water, infuse some fruits and vegetables in it for taste

    • Check my last blog post where I included some water-infusion receipes that you can save for your reference. Click here to view my Dry vs Dehydrated Skin blog post

  • consume less sugar

  • consume omega 3 rich foods (chia seeds, walnuts, leafy green, etc)

  • consume antioxidant rich foods (berries, fruits, vegetables)

  • take supplements! it’ll not only nourish your skin, but your body from the lack of vitamins and trace minerals you may need.

Now that we’ve been through my skincare tips, Mackenzie has rounded up some more tips for you! Make sure you head on over to read what she recommends!

To view DearKenzie, click here.

That’s all folks!

Again, thank you so much for tuning in! Stay tuned for next week’s blog post! Leave a comment below what you took away from this, and where you’re reading this from! I’d love to get to know where my readers are from.

As usual, you can find me on social media!

IG: @lifewithpriswong
FB: life with pris wong
Twitter: @lifewithprisw

With love,

Pris Wong xo

Sources used :

The best foods to eat for healthy, glowing skin

18 Reasons Why a Daily Routine Is So Important

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/9-foods-high-in-vitamin-d#14

Posted by:lifewithpriswong

Toronto Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger. Pris Wong aims to inspire and educate. Pris Wong loves all things dogs, food, and coffee. She owns a little princess of a Chihuahua named Gizmo (or Gizzy) who is raw-fed, has a tabby kitten named Mr. Kitty.

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