Skin care tips during the pandemic
By Ama H.Vannairachchy
The pandemic is challenging our lives in almost every aspect. It is indeed threatening our mental and physical health. Deterioration of our mental health and physical health has a great negative impact on our skin. Mental conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue and exterior conditions such as sweat, heat, humidity, dust and exposure to chemicals or other harmful conditions are harmful for the skin. Therefore, here are few tips for taking care of your skin during these hard times. Always remember that taking care of your skin is important. It is a vital part of your overall health and if you follow these simple methods and make it a daily routine, you do not have to put extra effort or energy on doing so.
Let’s start from the hands. During these times we wash our hands alot, and use sanitizer a lot. Some may be wearing gloves throughout the day during work. Hence your hands need a little bit of gentle care. To avoid your hands being a carrier of germs, wash your hands often with a quality soap and use a quality hand sanitizer product. But the problem is by doing so your hands may end up being dry and cracked. When washing do not use hot water. Lukewarm water is the best to do so. It is advisable not to use antibacterial cleansers as the chemicals in them can cause damage to the skin. It is important to moisturize your skin after washing.
Gently dry your hands and apply a moisturizer until your hands do not feel dry and rough. Make sure you use a quality product that does not contain harsh chemicals and free of fragrances or dyes. Always keep a mild yet quality hand cream with you. A dab of petroleum jelly or coconut oil works wonderful as a hand cream. Before wearing gloves, apply a good amount of hand cream/jelly or oil and make sure your hands are moist enough. Don’t forget to keep your nails clean and cut as bacterial infections might harm your hand skin.
Wearing a mask throughout the day or for long hours, is a must these days. However, these masks can damage your facial skin such as in the area of the bridge of the nose, chin, cheeks and behind the ears. Some might be allergic to the material of the mask and sweat, heat and dampness can cause skin irritations. To avoid these situations, wash your face properly before and after using the mask. Use a moisturizer on your facial skin. Use a product suitable for your skin, depending on if it is an oily or dry skin. You can also use a thin layer of a barrier ointment on the bridge of the nose, behind the ears, or on your chin. If you already have acne or blisters, keep your skin clean.
Cleanse your face. Use an antibiotic ointment on blisters and cover it with a thin bandage to avoid the mask touching it. For acne, a water-soluble moisturizer is suitable. Do not touch them or squeeze them as they may cause infections. Do not forget to keep your lips moisturized. Petroleum jelly or a lip balm can be used for this purpose. Drinking plenty of water is a must when it comes to skin care. Medical professionals recommend to use mild and fragrance-free skin care products and to use noncomedogenic and non-pore-clogging makeup products. Also, it is advised to opt for a cotton mask. Make sure your mask is clean and fresh. If you develop serious rashes, skin irritations, consult a medical professional without any delay.