The Discovery Edit By Johanna Ferreira 

While quarantine has become much more of a lifestyle these days than a temporary way of living, it's also undoubtedly affected our skin. Being indoors and constantly in front of our smartphones, computer screens, and tablets, has left many of us with duller, drier, and flakier complexions. 

“Blue light from gadgets contributes to potential skin harm like brown spots, skin aging, hyperpigmentation, redness, and collagen breakdown, which leads to wrinkles and skin laxity,” naturopathic doctor,” Dr. Nigma Talib tells thirteen lune.

“According to studies, spending four 8-hour workdays in front of a computer exposes us to the same amount of energy as 20 minutes in the midday sun. It is comparable to seven minutes of sun exposure at noon. It is powerful enough to induce immediate tanning. Nevertheless, these effects are not always noticeable right away — the damage is cumulative.” 

Talib explains that being indoors for long periods of time can also strip skin of its natural oils and disrupt the pH balance, leaving skin dry as well as irritated. It can also play a part in vitamin D deficiency.  

“Over 40% of American adults may have a vitamin D deficiency and that’s a lower percentage in my opinion, considering the references ranges are suboptimal. The body naturally products vitamin D in response to exposure to sunlight,” Dr. Nalib says.

“The higher presence of melanin reduces the body’s ability to produce vitamin D, which is critical for our immune system.” 

Fortunately, there are ways to achieve and maintain a healthy and glowy complexion even during these challenging and unprecedented times with a few changes to your skincare regimen.

Holifrog Como Popp-E Renewal Scrubby Wash
What it Does: Uncirculated indoor air that contains dust and pollutants can leave skin looking dull and feeling dry and flakier than usual. The round poppy seeds and bamboo powder combined with this gel-oil base don’t just help to thoroughly cleanse skin but also leaves it hydrated, dewy, and polished. 
How You’re Feel: Skin is left looking radiant and feeling velvety soft.
Power Ingredients: A beautiful blend of apricot oil, bamboo stem extract, poppy seed oil, and rosehip oil results in a super supple, moisturized, and instantly refreshed complexion. 
Joanna Vargas Vitamin C Face Wash 
What it Does: Not only does this gentle cleanser remove makeup, excess oils, and daily pollutants, but the vitamin C is formulated to leave skin looking brighter while fading pesky (a.k.a dark) spots. “Adequate vitamin C intake can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and help rapid and prevent dry skin,” says Dr. Talib. “It also hinders melanin production in the skin, which helps to lighten hyperpigmentation and brown spots, balance skin tone and enhance skin glow.”
How You’ll Feel: Skin is revitalized and balanced, leaving you with a luminous complexion that’s hard not to notice.

Power Ingredients: The antioxidants found in both the acai and goji berry combined with the blend of citrus oils leaves skin clean, clear, and even-toned.
Luxcey Leo Smoothing Divine Serum
What it Does: Hydration is more important than ever now. This rich elixir is formulated to deeply moisturize and nourish the delicate skin around the eye, leaving it looking smooth, refreshed and wide-awake.
How You’ll Feel: Refreshed — like you haven’t just spent the past 8 hours in front of a lap-top screen.

Power Ingredients: An impressive blend of avocado, rose hip, argan oil work to soften and nourish the sensitive eye area.
Aba Love Apothecary Petal Facial Mist
What it Does: It leaves skin feeling supple and instantly hydrated even in the driest of environments. 
How You’ll Feel:  Moisturized and refreshed in a way that words can’t even properly describe.

Power Ingredients: Formulated with calming ingredients like lavender, organic rose, chamomile, and aloe vera combined with witch hazel, this facial mist instantly invigorates skin.
AcARRE Multi-use Bio-Active Dry Beauty Oil 
What it Does: This antioxidant and fatty acids-rich formula rejuvenates and re-balances skin, reducing visible signs of aging. 
How You’ll Feel: Skin is nourished and left with a healthy, satiny glow. Did we mention you can also use this on your hair and scalp?

Power Ingredients: Squalane combined with a blend of oils including jojoba, leaves skin deeply moisturized, vibrant, and velvety soft to the touch.
Dehiya Beauty Halo Effect Sun
What it Does: Not only does this multi-purpose botanical balm provide you with an instantly luminizing glow but it’s also packed with antioxidant-rich ingredients like castor seed oil and rosehip oil that work to actually nourish and repair skin. 
How You’ll Feel: Sunkissed and fab — like you just spent a long weekend on a tropical island.
Power Ingredients: Rosehip oil, castor oil, jojoba oil and CBD oil deeply moisturize while also calming sensitive and irritated skin.
Dr. Nigma Talib Vitamin D Sun
What it Does: Improves the appearance of skin while boosting the immune system. “In recent studies, it shows that 90% of COVID19 affected patients are vitamin D deficient,” says Dr. Talib. “Vitamin D has been proven to enhance anti-oxidation related genes to improve adaptive immunity and harmonize cellular immunity. Therefore, it is essential to take more vitamin D during brutal winter months, and of course, now during the pandemic.”
How You’ll Feel:  The instant boost to the immune system also results in the improved appearance of hair, skin, and nails.

Power Ingredients: Both vitamin K1 and K2 work with vitamin D to improve effective absorption.
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