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Self-care is Essential, now and always

In a time of massive upheaval, it’s normal feel overwhelmed or stressed by it all. While most people misconstrue self-care as a luxury, it’s a necessity. It’s important to practice both self-care and vigilant hand washing and sanitizing especially in this trying time. Take this as an opportunity to learn new skills and build healthier habits.

High stress situations can take an emotional toll on anyone as it prompts anxiety and uncertainty. Beauty may seem to the least of your worries right now, but it’s important to treat your skin as gently as you should your mind and body. Besides, our skin is our first layer of defense against viruses. Stress induces generation of free radicals that cause ageing and breaks down your skin barrier, making your skin more susceptible to inflammation. Stress can also make it harder for existing skin problems to heal as it causes your body to produce hormones like cortisol that tells glands in your skin to make more oil, which explains the flare-ups or breakouts.1

Maintaining your self-care routine is the foundation of a healthy skin. Despite staying at home, your skin needs protection. It is still vulnerable to harsh ultraviolet rays and acne-causing bacteria. We usually think indoor air is clean, but the household environment is actually a wide source of air pollutants. Indoor dirt like PM 2.5 or fine particles that are not visible, dust, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), etc. can penetrate the skin. To protect your skin, cleansing is a must! Cleansing removes every trace of dirt, excess oil, dead skin cells, and anything else that might clog your pores or cause a general dullness, allowing your skin to breathe, repair, and renew itself. Neutrogena® Deep Clean® Foaming Cleanser is a pure glycerin-based foaming cleanser clinically proven to remove 99.9% dirt and bacteria while giving back moisture to your skin. This pure glycerin-based foaming cleanser gathers a rich and creamy foam that reaches deep into pores. The oil control formula helps reduce surface oil while retaining natural moisture balance and nourished glow to your skin, leaving skin clear, fresh and healthy-looking.2

Sunscreen should also be applied as a part of your regular skin-care routine even at home, as we’re exposed to blue light from our laptops, phones, TV screens, and harmful UVA and UVB still penetrate indoors. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF50 is an ultra-lightweight protection against UV and environmental aggressors for healthy, beautiful, and radiant skin. Breakthrough Helioplex™ Technology works like an invisible shield for skin by effectively blocking out harmful UVA/UVB rays and helps neutralize free radical damage.3

Airconditioning, on the other hand, can cause skin dryness if exposed for an extended period of time. To prevent such, use Neutrogena® Hydro Boost™ Water Gel. It is clinically proven to instantly give dry skin a burst of pure moisture and keep your skin hydrated for 72 hours. It repairs the skin barrier and helps it to better retain hydration, protecting your skin against different environmental aggressors. It has Moisture Sensor Complex that replenishes moisture whenever your skin needs it.4

Make this your quarantine skin care routine for a healthy, beautiful skin: