How to keep your skin healthy and bright while you #StayHome

Dr. Rebecca Treston shares her tips for maintaining healthy skin while you stay at home. (File/Instagram/@bellahadid)
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Updated 30 March 2020

How to keep your skin healthy and bright while you #StayHome

DUBAI: With more and more people working from home amidst the coronavirus pandemic, there are plenty of opportunities to pamper ourselves and provide our skin with immediate relief. While the world continues to practice social-distancing in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19, consider this the optimal time to press the reset button on your dermis. Rebecca Treston, founder of The Rebecca Treston Method, explains that following a “daily routine is key to maintaining healthy skin when you are confined to your home.” Below, she shares her top skin-boosting tips.

Cleanse your skin

“If you aren’t wearing makeup because you aren’t going to work, do not double cleanse, one cleanse is enough because you don’t want to overdo it and eliminate all the natural oils from the skin. Tone with a gentle product such as rose water to balance the pH of the skin.”


Use antioxidants

“During the day, apply antioxidants such as products that have vitamins C and E, which will give your skin a glow, but more importantly, will combat any exposure to free radicals. Ensure you use a product that has hyaluronic acid to deeply moisturize the dermis and follow this step with a skin-specific moisturizer to soothe your skin.”


Don’t forget to exfoliate

“Use a mild acid toner to exfoliate any dead skin so that your dermis can repair overnight. Try a vitamin A-based formula, a retinoid or something that comprises AHAs or BHAs, depending on your skin type. Moisturize with either vitamin E or a hydrating cream to help repair your skin while you sleep.”


Fresh air is important

“If you’re self-isolating indoors, try to get some fresh air daily, even if it’s just by opening your window.”


Indulge in a weekly face mask

“Incorporate a soothing face mask into your skincare regime. If your fruits and vegetables are getting over-ripe or are about to spoil, be creative with creating DIY face masks. Avocado is great for hydration, while oatmeal and honey are good for glowing skin. Papaya has a nice natural enzyme that is ideal for light exfoliation.”

Less is more

“Don’t overdo your skincare regime just because you’re at home and have more time. Continue to use the products that have been prescribed to you by a skincare specialist, or opt for formulas rich in antioxidants.”


Local art scenes get more creative as pandemic keeps curtains closed

Updated 04 July 2020

Local art scenes get more creative as pandemic keeps curtains closed

DUBAI: All artists need to reinvent themselves to cope with changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, a veteran stand-up comedian said as he ventures on a four-country Zoom comedy tour that will kick off in the UAE.

Indian comedian Nitin Mirani said it was tough to adapt to how the entertainment industry is changing due to the pandemic, which forced a global shutdown of art and culture communities.

“Because of the pandemic, we have to now reincarnate. We have to be reborn. This is something we’ve never done before,” he told Arab News via Zoom, an increasingly popular platform not just for business meetings anymore, but also for the live-entertainment industry.

Although Mirani said he is enjoying the new experiences the pandemic has put him in as a comedian, he added that comedy is about “making moments with people,” which was been made difficult.

“Every art form comes with its own energy. I know that no matter how much you try, how hard you try, watching something online won’t give you goosebumps as much as watching Celine Dion hit one note live,” he said. “That’s the genesis of artform. It requires interaction. It’s an exchange of energies.”

Echoing Mirani’s sentiment was poet Dorian Paul Rogers, who founded Abu Dhabi-based culture and arts organization Rooftop Rhythms in 2012, and has been involved in virtual projects since the start of the pandemic.

“When you’re in person you get the spirit of the community — it’s palpable. You see people’s facial reactions. You see people snapping their fingers, laughing,” Rogers said.

“Our show is definitely a community-based show. That was my biggest fear — that the show may feel impersonal or may feel disconnected.”

But Rogers said there have been “many benefits to doing virtual events,” including being able to reach many people outside the region, both as audiences and performers.

Mirani and Rogers believe that the world needs art now more than ever as it struggles to overcome the impact of the pandemic.

“I feel like continuing these events at any capacity during the COVID-19 from a virtual standpoint is important because a lot of us need that connection,” said Rogers. “We lost that feeling of belonging. I believe that arts communities are critical for that reason.”