Make Sheltering in Place a Boon for Your Skin

Woman taking care of her skin at home during quarantine in Boston, MA

Even with Gov. Baker’s new “safer at home” order gradually relaxing strict social distancing requirements, most people are still spending much of their time with their families or on their own. Despite the inconvenience, this can be an excellent time to develop a nourishing skincare regimen that helps improve the skin’s health and appearance.

Most women report wearing less makeup than usual. This is beneficial for the skin, but it’s not enough to promote a healthy, refreshed appearance on its own, according to some skincare experts and plastic surgeons in Boston. In this blog post, we’ll provide useful advice about things you can do to benefit your skin and your overall health.

Explore New Types of Skin Care

If anti-aging serums and masks haven’t been a part of your regular routine, now is a good time to explore different products. If you’ve avoided retinol because you’re worried about peeling and redness, this is an ideal time to try it. It’s important to use professional-grade skincare products. At Coastal Plastic Surgery, we offer a wide range of products from companies such as Obagi®, SkinCeuticals®, SkinMedica®, and ZO® Medical. Our specialists continually evaluate and update the product lines we carry to ensure our patients have access to the most advanced skin care available.

Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen

With the combination of less social distancing and summer’s arrival, people will be spending more time outdoors. Getting more vitamin D can help boost the body’s immune system and strengthen bones, but it’s more important than ever to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 50. Remember to re-apply sunscreen throughout the day because its effectiveness fades after a few hours.

Limit Screen Time

Spending extra time in front of a laptop or tablet screen has been almost inevitable while sheltering at home. If you’re working from home, it’s easy to log additional hours because “work” is always available. But it’s important to limit screen time because blue light—emitted from the sun and our digital devices—can lead to premature aging of the skin. You can also minimize exposure to blue light from smartphones by using a setting that shifts to yellow light (often called a “night” setting).

Don’t Forget Your Hands

Hands typically reveal signs of aging even earlier than the face, and the increased hand-washing most of us are doing only accelerates the wear and tear on your skin. Moisturizing your hands throughout the day can keep the skin hydrated. We also recommend occasionally applying a nourishing mask to the hands.

Of course, skin rejuvenation at our medical spa in the Boston area is available to minimize wrinkles, such as BOTOX and fillers, along with skin tightening procedures, including microneedling. Our gallery of before-and-after photos included in the Medical Spa category shows the types of results produced by various treatments.

You can also contact us now to schedule an appointment using the online form or call our practice at (781) 740-7840.

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