Keep Your Skin Happy in The Age of COVID19

It’s a year unlike any other – Chaotic, slow and incredibly unpredictable. Our mind is occupied by daily troubles we never thought we’d have to experience, and with the constant worries surrounding the coronavirus, there is not only a new world to adapt to, but also new routines. Here’s a guide on how to take care of that beautiful face mainly covered up by a face mask, and give some love to those dried and tired hands suffering under layers of hand sanitizer. 

First off is hand care.

We all know that to protect ourselves from the virus we need to keep our hands clean and free from germs, but washing our hands often with soap and water as well as using alcohol-based hand sanitizer takes its toll on our precious skin. 

There are a few tips and tricks to regain some of the natural oils and prevent dry and cracked skin.

  1. Be gentle on your hands by using lukewarm water and avoiding antibacterial cleansers. Soap is fine enough. Antibacterial cleansers have not been proven useful for preventing infectious disease and often contain irritating chemicals.
  1. Moisturize! Gently rinse and pat your hands to dry after washing them, and make sure to apply plenty of moisturizer right after washing. Still dry? Wait a minute and put on more. If you want to take this step even further you can combine moisturizers. Lightweight creams that add moisture to the skins outer layers can be followed by a heavier moisturizer that prevents water loss.
  1. Be prepared! Start moisturizing regularly before you experience chapped or dry hands is more effective than waiting until the skin is already broken.

Now to facial care:

Masks may help us to not spread the virus to other people, but it also comes with a line of ugly surprises. It can lead to chafing of the skin on the bridge of our noses, chin, cheeks and even behind the ears. This could eventually develop into itchiness and even rashes. An even more annoying problem is the fact that the skin underneath the mask gets damp or sweaty, which can lead to acne breakouts – It’s a fact! We aren’t alone in wondering why our teenage breakouts are once again back.

There are some actions that we can take to ease some of these complications.

  1. Get yourself a regular skin care routine. The first step for a healthy face would be to cleanse and moisturize the face before and after using a mask. The products used should be labelled ‘noncomodogenic’, so they won’t clog skin pores. 
  1. Add a barrier balm or bandage when you use your facemask. The balm will prevent or relieve skin injuries that are caused due to pressure or friction from the mask. A bandage can be placed between the skin pressure points and the mask. There are several bandages or dressings that are made to provide cooling relief and conform to the skin so you can use them while still properly having on your facemask.
  1. Blisters. If you get them – don’t you worry! Instead keep it clean and apply antibiotic balm and use a protective barrier between the blister and the mask.
  1. Consider shaving your face. Using a razor to diminish peach fuzz stops pores from getting clogged. Not to mention the sweat from under your mask has less to leech onto making your skin breakouts more irregular. 

Remember, it’s a global pandemic. Your health always comes first. Don’t worry about what people might think if you get a couple of spots after copious amounts of mask-wearing. This article is just a handy guide to help keep your skin as happy as you.

Published by Clara Fors Wisbyse

- A 22-year-old Swedish journalist student living in Stirling, Scotland. - One of the two founders and editors of the online magazine In Full Bloom

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