Feel like the pandemic has had made you look older?
You’re not alone.
A survey has revealed that over 14% of Brits believe the stress of the last 12 months has aged them by 5 years. And 36% have reported signs of premature ageing. The question is, is it true? Has lockdown really made us look older? Or have video calls just led to increased scrutiny of our faces?
Unfortunately, it seems, ‘COVID face’ is a real thing…
According to the experts, having our lives significantly disrupted has had a huge impact – both mentally and physically. Stress is the biggest culprit. The pandemic is both unpredictable and uncontrollable; two things that can lead to prolonged, heightened levels of anxiety.
Normal skincare regimes have been dropped, along with healthy eating habits. Lots of us have suffered from the dreaded ‘maskne’. What’s more, our increasing reliance on technology is also likely to have played a part – as leaning over devices causes ‘tech neck’ and sagging skin.
You’re certainly not imagining it. The strain of the pandemic is being reflected in our appearance and we all look a little older than we should. But the good news is, by making a few healthy choices, it’s possible to reverse these unwanted pandemic effects. Here we take a closer look at how.
3 ways to reverse pandemic ageing
1. Make changes to your lifestyle
Firstly, you should try to return your day-to-day life to some sort of normality. Step away from the comfort foods and takeaways, and get your diet back on track with lots of fruit, veg and healthy fats. Cut back on the alcohol consumption and aim to drink around 6-8 glasses of water every single day. They may seem like small changes, but they can make a huge difference to your complexion, helping to clear the skin and reduce the appearance of any lines or wrinkles.
It’s also a good idea to increase your exercise levels. Perhaps return to the gym once it opens? Or commit to some online fitness classes? And make sure you’re getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
‘Beauty sleep’ isn’t just a saying. It boosts the level of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) – also known as the ‘youth hormone’ – in your system and promotes a healthy metabolism. So, aim to put your electronic devices away by 7pm and get to bed earlier as we ease out of lockdown.
2. Take care of your skin
Remember your old skincare regime?
Moisturisers and cleansers may have seemed pointless over the last 12 months. But our skin gets used to these products. And their absence may have contributed to the ageing effect.
Now is the time to give your skin a little TLC. Return to your old routine as much as possible and perhaps try a few new products – such as those in our Glo Skin Beauty and ZO Skin Health range. These aren’t available to buy online, as we need to conduct a skin health assessment before they can be prescribed. But the assessment can be quickly and easily arranged and, after that, the products can simply be posted out to you.
3. Invest in cosmetic treatments
Due to the effects of pandemic ageing, approximately 6 million people in the UK are now said to be considering a cosmetic treatment. Non-surgical options, such as those available at Aesthetics of Essex, are proving to be particularly popular – and it’s easy to understand why.
In addition to the changes outlined above, such treatments can be highly beneficial, helping to turn back your biological clock and address your post-pandemic beauty issues – yet non-invasively and affordably.
Our clinic is now permitted to open in line with government restrictions and we have successfully passed our COVID-19 council inspection. Which means, we’re now accepting bookings and offering our full range of non-surgical cosmetic treatments, including (but not limited to):
- – Dermal fillers
- – Anti-wrinkle injections (i.e. BOTOX)
- – Dermapen
- – High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)
- – CryoPen
- – LED light therapy
- – Chemical skin peels
- – LIPOMED body contouring
- – Microdermabrasion
- – PLEXR
These are all designed to restore a glowing, youthful look. And they offer an effective way to reverse the ageing process of the last year and boost your confidence levels in time for post-lockdown outings.
To find out more, and discuss the best ways to address your pandemic ageing, it’s possible to book a free consultation with a member of our team. We can chat about your main beauty concerns, answer any questions you may have, and come up with a bespoke plan of non-surgical cosmetic treatments to match your needs. Simply give us a call on 01708 225555 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you with a suggested time and date.
Alternatively, you can fill out our online contact form and we’ll respond as soon as possible.