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We’re stuck at home—so why is skincare having a such a revival?

Lockdown has seen many people experiment with new routines—but dermatologists warn of inevitable side effects

By Clara Hernanz-Lizarraga  

Devices with names like “vibrating skin spatula” and “blackhead vacuum”, as well as a range of massagers and LED masks, are readily available for those eager to strike out on new paths. Photo: Prospect Composite

When recessions hit, lipstick sales spike. Or so thought Leonard Lauder, a former chairman of Estée Lauder. In 2001, he came up with the term “the lipstick index” which described how, when times get hard, consumers opt for inexpensive treats, like a tube of lipstick, over big-ticket items.

This index may have outlived its usefulness now that masks routinely cover the lower half of one’s face. Over half of women have reduced their makeup use since lockdown, according to Mintel, an international market research company. Global beauty sales fell by 10 to 30 per cent in the first…

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