8 Brilliant Products Transforming My Skin In Quarantine

Since coronavirus took hold, many of us have experienced stress, anxiety and changes to our daily routines, all of which may contribute to throwing skin off balance. Sudden breakouts, bouts of eczema, chapped lips, excess oil, and a host of mask related problems are a handful of bugbears people are currently facing during lockdown, and as a beauty editor I'm no different.

While mindfulness, limiting my news intake and staying in touch with friends, family and colleagues have helped me manage, a solid and consistent skincare routine is invaluable when it comes to making a significant change. Several weeks into lockdown 2.0 and my skin is on the mend thanks to an army of expert-approved products that I've been using since the start. And while everyone's skin type is different, ingredients like retinol, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid are hugely beneficial across the board.


Click through for the products transforming my skin in quarantine.

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This is the ultimate morning cleanser for skin prone to breakouts and dry patches. Star ingredient squalane moisturises as it lightly cleanses skin, so you aren't left with tight, flaky patches. A 20p-sized squeeze goes a long way.
Milk Makeup Vegan Milk Moisturizing Cleanser, $27.00 Buy
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Nothing has made my skin glow quite like this serum, which boasts 15% pure vitamin C. It feels very tacky at first but absorbs quickly and when used regularly as part of a morning routine, after cleansing and before SPF, it minimises dark spots and marks and makes skin even in tone. It also fends off pollution, which you're not entirely safe from inside your home. If your skin is very sensitive, you might want to swap it out for something gentler as it can tingle. Try La Roche-Posay Pure Vitamin C10 Serum, £38.
Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum, $67.00 Buy
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I've tried hundreds of sunscreens and only a handful don't exacerbate oil or sting my eyes. This is one of them. The gel-cream sinks in fast and just like the name suggests, is totally untraceable. It doesn't leave behind a residue but it makes skin gleam. Stockpile it.
Glossier Invisible Shield, $20.00 Buy
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Regardless of whether I've been outside or not, I always cleanse my skin before bed following the advice of expert facialists. This foaming gel cleanser contains BHA (beta hydroxy acid) salicylic acid, which exfoliates deep inside the pore to dislodge dirt, oil and dead skin cells which lead to spots and blackheads. It doesn't sting and skin doesn't feel raw afterwards.
The Inkey List Salicylic Acid Cleanser, $10.99 Buy
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I came to the end of my trusty Glossier Bubblewrap Eye + Lip Cream, £23, during week four of lockdown but this is just as excellent. It's richer and balmier in texture, so moisturises dry skin intensely. It also acts like a barrier against night treatments such as retinol, which may irritate delicate skin.
Skin Proud Bright Eye Pomegranate Eye Cream, $14.99 Buy
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There are countless retinol creams on the market but I'm getting through this one fast. One percent is very high but my skin has built up a tolerance to retinol, as I use it two to three times a week. If you're a retinol beginner, you'll do much better with a lower percentage. Try La Roche-Posay Retinol B3 Serum, £38. Retinol can cause skin irritation such as sensitivity, redness and flaking. Err on the side of caution and always wear SPF during the day.

Drunk Elephant's A-Passioni retinol is quite thick but prevents new spots, fades skin staining left behind by breakouts and makes skin glowy and smooth come morning. A pea-sized amount is more than enough and I always avoid my eyelids.
Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream, $62.00 Buy
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When my skin feels sensitive or parched, I reach for this as a nighttime moisturiser. Really affordable, it replenishes lost moisture and hydration and feels soothing. Sometimes, I dilute the Drunk Elephant with a little squeeze.
The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA, $4.90 Buy
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This lip balm plumps, moisturises, soothes and repairs chapped lips. It's not sticky but it's thick enough to prevent the urge to pick.
O'Keeffe's Lip Repair, $4.25 Buy
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