With lockdown regulations slowly being lifted, more and more of us are making our way outside. Unfortunately, the lockdown has had quite an effect on our skin, ranging from dry skin, dullness, and stress breakouts. As a result, while we will be wearing face masks, we may have some valid beauty concerns about our appearances.

Thankfully, there are products that you can that will not only prep your skin for the outside, but they’ll also help to address skin issues brought on by being stuck indoors all day.

Post-Lockdown Beauty Buys


Masking is a skincare ritual that has become second nature in lockdown. Now only is it a relaxing and calming experience, but it also gives the skin that much-needed boost. This is exactly what makes the SVR Hydracid C50 foam mask perfect for your skin pre-and post lockdown.

What’s in it?

This micro peeling foam mask is the perfect dose of vitamin C. In fact, it contains such a high concentration of the skin-loving ingredient. As we know, vitamin C can help address a number of skin concerns as its antioxidant properties offer protection against free radicals.

Another key ingredient in the foam mask is gluconolactone, a kind of face acid (a polyhydroxy acid – PHA- to be precise). PHAs are mild face acids that are perfect for sensitive, as well as dry,  skin as they work to gently exfoliate the skin’s surface.

The next key ingredient is niacinamide, most commonly referred to as vitamin B3. This ingredient helps to protect the health of the skin barrier.

Lastly, hyaluronic acid helps to maintain the skin’s moisture levels.

What are the benefits?

The active ingredients found in the foam mask help to provide you with a glowing and youthful appearance.

As we know, vitamin C is the ultimate skincare ingredient as it helps to address a wide range of skin issues, including those created by lockdown. For instance, the stress caused by the pandemic can lead to dull and wrinkled skin. anti-aging | Longevity LIVE

Thankfully, vitamin C helps to stimulate the production of collagen and this helps to ease the appearance of wrinkles as well as provide instant glowing skin. What’s more, vitamin C will also protect your skin from the aging effects of free radicals that you’ll come into contact with as you leave the house.

The PHA gluconolactone is much gentler on the skin, reducing the risk of irritation. Additionally, it helps to improve skin texture and tone. It does this by dissolving dead skin cells and it even helps to remove excess oil (which can be exacerbated during periods of stress and poor eating habits). What’s more, gluconolactone also helps to hydrate the skin.

As mentioned, one of the main skin concerns out of lockdown is dryness. Thankfully, along with hyaluronic acid, niacinamide helps your skin retain moisture. It does this by synthesizing the production of ceramides, which are fatty acids that trap moisture and reduce irritation.

You can purchase the micro peeling foam mask from the SVR website or here.

2. Nimue Hyaluronic Ultra Filler

If you’re battling dry skin, and you’re worried that going outside is going to worsen the problem, then the Nimue Hyaluronic Ultra Filler is the product for you.

What’s in it?

The key ingredient in this lightweight serum is hyaluronic acid. It helps to provide moisture to dry and stressed-out skin in all the layers of the skin.

What are the benefits?

Yes, hyaluronic acid is known for providing intense moisture to the skin but it also has additional beauty benefits. By keeping your skin hydrated, it helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and even make skin appear smoother.

You can purchase the filler here.

3. Clarins Double Serum

This classic face serum is exactly what you need in your beauty arsenal. It boasts a number of pre- and post-lockdown beauty benefits.

What’s in it?

Key ingredients found in this serum include turmeric, quinoa, organic banana, avocado, cocoa, organic Goji berry, and a host of other natural and beneficial ingredients.

What are the benefits?

Turmeric is an ancient beauty ingredient with incredible benefits. It’ll help provide your skin with a natural and youthful glow as its potent ingredient curcumin promotes anti-aging by protecting against free radicals. Additionally, it even helps to ease acne scars and inflammation.

Another incredible benefit is that the serum is easily absorbed by the skin. Once it is, the serum helps to visibly firm and lifts the skin as well as fight fine lines and wrinkles.

You can purchase the serum from the Clarins website, here or here.

4. Bio-Effect EGF Eye Serum

With everyone wearing face masks, it’s clear that a lot of attention will be on our eye area. That said, the skin around the eye area is the most sensitive and it often displays the first signs of aging. That said, the eye serum from Bio-Effect can help to accentuate your eye area.

What’s in it?

The main ingredient found in this eye serum is EGF – a growth factor that encourages cell growth and in doing so helps to alleviate the appearance of wrinkles and dry skin.

The two additional ingredients include hyaluronic acid and Icelandic water, both of which help to hydrate the eye area and in doing so, reduces the appearance of tired and aged skin.

What are the benefits?

With the eye area being the first to show signs of aging, as well as the stress from surviving a pandemic, it definitely needs some much-needed attention.

With the EGF growth factor encouraging cell growth, the eye serum helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as alleviate any signs of fatigue, stress, and even under-eye puffiness. In doing so, you’re left with a radiant and firm eye area.

You can purchase the eye serum from the Bio-Effect website or here.

Want to know more?

Is your skin misbehaving during COVID-19 conditions?  You are not alone. Read more on how to manage your skin during these trying times. Click here.

AND while we can’t prevent aging, we can, however, prevent premature aging. In fact, there are a few beauty hacks that have stood the test of time, and they are the golden beauty rules that you should always follow.

Pie Mulumba

Pie Mulumba

Pie Mulumba is a beauty and wellness writer, who has a passion for poetry, natural hair, and skin-care. With a journalism degree from Pearson's Institute of Higher Education, and identifiable by either her large afro or colorful locks, Pie aspires to continuously provide the latest information, be it beauty or wellness, on how one can adopt a healthy lifestyle on a day to day basis.

The content in this editorial is for general information only and is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. For more information on your medical condition and treatment options, speak to your healthcare professional.