How to overcome the Lockdown Blues

They call it Lockdown Blues, and it's that widespread feeling of sadness caused by the pandemic shutdown that brings with it a lot of other problems related to our well-being.

After the Holiday, the Monday and the Baby Blues, this type of fatigue and mental and physical stress has affected a bit all, and to prove it there is a research published in the Journal of Happiness Studies, which was conducted by 3 universities located in 3 different countries: United Kingdom, Malaysia and Austria.

Researchers measured happiness levels among a group of 286 adults for 21 days, finding that they were higher when participants were outdoors rather than indoors. In addition, more time in front of a screen and loneliness were both associated with lower levels of happiness, supporting the claim that Lockdown for prolonged periods has a negative effect on mental health. For this reason, other researchers from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, have proposed a set of useful tips to restore mental and physical balance and among these we find both the maintenance of daily routines, and dietary supplementation with vitamin D.

Beauty rituals are also included in the daily routine, from facial cleansing to massage with moisturizer, which can even help maintain regular circadian sleep/awake rhythms. While dietary supplementation also recommends pre and probiotics to help the gut and immune system, and antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, to reduce cellular stress levels.

But one of the unexpected implications of the Lockdown Blues has been an increase in demand for cosmetic medicine procedures.

Dr. Alessandro Ranieri, cosmetic surgeon and part of the Aeqium team, confirms this: "Requests have doubled for two reasons. On the one hand there is the emotional aspect, for which improving oneself aesthetically also means feeling better. On the other, there is the possibility of capitalizing on the moment of closure as a compulsory post-operative. So many people had already made the visit years before, but only now decided to have the surgery. I've also had clients call me just after beating Covid19: dried out and slimmed down, they didn't want to see themselves so wasted anymore and asked for extra help. "I want to start over," they told me. The emotional aspect affects a lot."

What surgeries are we talking about? "Mostly blepharoplasty, which is the lifting of the eyelids," Ranieri continues. "With these masks, we talk to the eyes, and for this reason they have become a key point of attention. At the same time, we've also seen more requests for botox on foreheads and glabellar wrinkles above the nose."

Instead, attention to lips, covered by masks, has dropped dramatically: -53% of lipsticks sold in Europe and, as Ranieri also confirms, far fewer requests for aesthetic medicine fillers.

Does the skin also suffer from Lockdown Blues? For Nicola Balestrieri, oncoplastic surgeon, the state of health of the skin before an intervention is very important. Starting with its elasticity, which especially before an operation must be preserved. This is also the case for Dr. Ranieri: "If the skin is tired, less elastic, dehydrated and thin, the scars will be more noticeable, for longer and the overall aesthetic result will be affected". It is always necessary to start from a good base to get a good result, and a nourishing and antioxidant ritual like the one studied by Aeqium is perfect to get the skin of face and body "back in equilibrium" and healthy.

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