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With the recent changes in Singapore’s Phase 2 (Heightened Alert), people have to avoid leaving their homes for non-essential reasons. Yet, staying cooped up at home for long hours of the day can be a recipe for overwhelm and stress – and one of its impacts can be seen on your skin through pimples and acne breakouts.
So, how do you stay safe at home while caring for your mental health (and complexion)? We share some tips to help you work from home productively and happily while meeting your self-care needs.
1. Maintain a consistent sleep schedule
When you are staying at home more, it’s easy for your sleep schedule to take a hit. You might be tempted to sleep in for an extra hour, or sleep later than usual. But when you stick to the same wake time and bedtime, this gives you sleep quality that will have an impact on your mood and energy levels.
At the same time, a lack of sleep can cause stress in the body, resulting in increased cortisol that leads to inflammation and sebum production. This means clogged pores and also, breakouts.
Sleep deprivation is also associated with darker circles under the eyes, fine lines and dull skin. If you are feeling sluggish in the afternoon, go for a short brisk walk or aim for a 20-minute power nap instead so it won’t affect your sleep cycle at night.
2. Create a work-from-home routine
Before Covid-19, you’re used to getting showered and dressed in the morning for the commute to the office. In a way, it gets you mentally ready for the work that awaits you.
Now, you can curate your morning ‘commute’ routine to get yourself prepared for the workday ahead. Take a moment to enjoy your morning coffee, read a chapter of a book, or do your skincare routine at a slower pace. Whatever you decide, it should help you relaxed and more focused when work starts.
3. Include breaks in your schedule
Having a to-do list is great for staying organised, but don’t let it overwhelm you to the point of soaring stress levels. While it’s important for you to stay disciplined in your work when working from home, that doesn’t mean you can’t schedule breaks at specific times.
It would help to clear your mind, give yourself a breather and let your mind rest before jumping back into your tasks. Stand up and stretch for a few minutes, or treat yourself to a 15-minute face mask to relax and pamper your skin. Having a refreshed complexion can get you into a good mood to continue accomplishing your projects for the day.
4. Skincare is also self-care
Self-care is about making yourself a priority in an everyday way, and taking care of your skin is also intrinsically linked to your wellbeing. Besides carrying out your skincare routine religiously, it’s also about having the right products to help you tackle various skin concerns.
If you’re missing your monthly facial packages, get an at-home kit to maintain clear skin. Our Oxy Comedone is formulated to reduce your blackheads and whiteheads, while providing oil control for congested skin. Well-suited for Singapore’s climate, it penetrates deep inside the pores to clear and dissolve hardened sebum oils.
For $78 (price before GST), the Oxy Clear Essence Set includes 3 sachets of Oxy Blackhead Mask and 1 box of Oxy Comedone, which recently won the Blogger’s Choice award at Beauty Insider. Plus, redeem a FREE personalised Auras Facial worth $180 to achieve glowing, firmer skin! This facial can only be scheduled after the Phase 2 (Heightened Alert).
While you may not be able to enjoy your next facial promotion during this period with tighter restrictions, that doesn’t mean you can’t meet your needs at home. Whether it’s caring for your skin or mental wellness, it’s important to continue your self-care practices.