The lockdown has presented many unexpected problems, and for some people, that has been increased levels of ‘skin anxiety.’ To start with, wearing masks has caused many people to break out in acne, as bacteria and dead skin cells rub together on the skin’s surface. Many of us have also become more self-conscious from appearing on screen.
Whether it is socialising with friends and family, or appearing at work meetings and interviews, we have been confronted with our ‘camera ready’ face more often than ever before this year. This has forced people to think about skin issues that they previously didn’t notice, such as lines, red patches, sagging jawlines and blemishes.
Glamour Magazine has labelled this new problem ‘skinxiety’, which perhaps doesn’t roll off the tongue too easily, but is nevertheless an issue worth talking about. Feeling self-conscious about your appearance is more than merely vanity. Everyone prefers to look their best most of the time, after all, and it is only natural to pay attention to your looks.
In fact, concerns about our skin and other issues can lead to low self -esteem, anxiety, and a reluctance to socialise and meet new people. The Glamour article reports a huge surge in people seeking appointments for Botox and dermal fillers, as the lockdown restrictions ease and we prepare to get out and about once again.
Facial filler treatments are especially popular, because they are quick and non-invasive, and give noticeable but natural looking results. They can make the skin look smoother and plumper, minimising the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars and blemishes. The treatment can also firm up sagging jaw lines and brow areas.
Most people find that the procedures are not painful, and any discomfort can be managed with everyday medication such as paracetamol. The results are apparent a few days after treatment, when you will notice a firmer and more youthful complexion.
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