Pro tips for healthy, glowing, post-quarantine skin

(BPT) - Your approach to skincare has likely changed over the last year as you've faced social distancing and a remote lifestyle. Perhaps you took a minimalist approach to skincare or maybe have even adopted some bad habits. Now that people are emerging from quarantine and unmasking once again, healthy, beautiful skin is top of mind.

Many people want a simple yet effective approach to post-pandemic skincare, but they aren't sure what the best options are for their skin. While each person's skin is unique, there are some important things to consider as you emerge from quarantine to help you look and feel your best:

Treatments for radiance

Screen time increased for most of us the past year. Being on video conferencing and social media more often, you may have looked at your face in more detail and observed uneven skin pigmentation, sun damage and dull tone and texture. A gentle yet effective approach to achieving more radiant skin is Sciton's newest fractional laser MOXI, a laser treatment done by skincare professionals. In addition to helping with tone, texture and skin aging, it also helps with prejuvenation, which is staving off the visible signs of aging before they appear. Embrace the 'skinimalism' trend by cultivating your healthiest natural skin.

"MOXI by Sciton is a great lunch hour activity because there is essentially no downtime and you can resume normal activities immediately," explained Dr. Liz Tanzi, board-certified dermatologist, Washington, D.C. "The average treatment time is 12-15 minutes for a full face, and it is a great way to kick off your post-pandemic skincare for glowing skin for years to come."

Heal and nourish

Giving your skin what it needs to look its best goes beyond a good moisturizer. Consider products with healing properties that also support healthy elastin and collagen. For example, the Alastin Regenerating Skin Nectar with TriHex Technology works with the skin to clear out damaged elastin and collagen and then supports the production of new, healthy elastin and collagen.

"Water-free, preservative-free, and with a bacteriostatic formulation, this product is particularly beneficial before and after cosmetic procedures," said Dr. Jay Burns, board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dallas, Texas. "It works to help strengthen skin ahead of cosmetic treatments and calms post-procedure skin to help reduce any associated recovery and downtime. Best yet, it maximizes and enhances the procedure results."

Sun protection

Being inside means less exposure to the sun, but as you emerge from quarantine you need to think more closely about protecting skin from harmful UV rays. The perfect multitasking product for sun protection is Alastin HydraTint Pro Mineral Sunscreen SPF 36, a mineral, lightweight formulation which provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection while perfecting the complexion with a sheer universal tint. This feel-good formula also helps shield skin from pollution, IR rays and blue light and delivers a filter-free glow that's so good you may go makeup free.

"This hardworking formula shields skin from the sun and environmental pollution while counteracting infrared-generated free radicals," Burns said. "Plus the universal tint is a match for most skin types for more even and brighter skin. Oil-free, fragrance-free and water resistant for 40 minutes, this is a must-have whether you're heading to work, the beach or beyond."

Hydrate from the inside

Proper hydration is key to healthy, glowing skin, and that starts from the inside. Water is essential to life and getting enough not only helps you feel your best, it helps you look better. Being at home and moving around less may have impacted how much water you drink in a typical day. Now is the time to be more mindful about your water intake.

How much water you need will vary depending on your size, the climate and how active you are, but a good general guideline is the 8x8 rule, which means 8 ounces of water eight times a day. Sipping on water throughout the day is a great way to stay hydrated, so keep a water bottle in sight during the workday and on hand while out and about. If you want to add a little healthy flavor, toss in a few berries, sliced citrus or cucumber.

Achieving glowing post-pandemic skin doesn't have to be complicated. With these smart steps your skin will look better than it ever has before.

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