Wearing face masks and washing/sanitizing hands some feel that these are key steps in preventing COVID-19, but they can dry out your skin and cause various harmful issues. Here are some All-Important Skincare Products to Use During the Pandemic.
Mask use can lead to chafing of the skin on the bridge of your nose, chin, cheeks and even behind the ears. Some people develop itchiness or a rash. Sweaty or damp conditions under the mask can lead to acne breakouts and other skin concerns. To ease these complications of mask wearing during the COVID-19 try to implement some of these tips.
Adapt a skincare routine - Cleanse and moisturize your face before and after using a mask. Choose products that aren’t going to clog your pores, like our organic tea tree & poppy seed soap. This herbal-scented vegan soap is lightly exfoliating due to the addition of poppy seeds. It is a great soap to soothe skin conditions like; inflamed, dry, itchy skin, and acne-prone skin. The soap creates a decadent lather that is rich, creamy and very soothing.
Washing your face more frequently with extended mask usage will increase the need for a powerhouse moisturizer like our facial cream. It is formulated to be lightweight and fast absorbent and will not clog your pores.
Use a barrier ointment like our mineral cream to prevent or relieve skin injuries caused by pressure or friction from masks, a thin layer of zinc oxide can soothe and protect skin. Zinc oxide is a skin protectant often used for diaper rash or severely chapped skin. Use it on the bridge of your nose or behind your ears.
While makeup and beauty routines can be a nice distraction or necessary armor during a rough day, keep in mind these regimens can also serve as some much needed self-care rituals.
The outermost layer of our skin is composed of oils and wax, and it acts as both a shield from the outside and a guard that maintains natural moisture in the skin. This natural barrier is broken down by the suds created by soap while washing hands, which does not discriminate between unwanted oil, germs, debris, and natural oils in the skin. Not applying hand cream can lead to dryness, redness, itching, flaking, discomfort, and in severe cases, cracks in the skin. Those with preexisting dermatologic conditions like eczema can experience worsening symptoms.
Be gentle on your hands - Use cool or lukewarm water with soap to wash your hands. Hot water isn't any more helpful against germs that can make you sick. And hot water can increase skin damage.
Products that contain fragrance can be irritating and chap, sensitive skin. Be aware of what you’re putting on your skin.
Don't ignore early skin protection - Even if your hands don't feel dry or chapped, be sure to moisturize them regularly. Preventing skin irritation from developing in the first place is more effective than trying to catch up later when the skin is already broken and cracked.
Moisturize! Make sure you are moisturizing immediately after you wash or sanitize your hands.
While some experts suggest that Covid-19 clinging to your hair is unlikely the reality is any virus can cling to human hair. It’s technically possible but not probable that you’ll pick up the virus from your hair because your hair – whether on the face or the head – regularly receives a coating of oil from the skin or scalp to protect it. This slippery coating not only makes it difficult for germs to stick to strands of hair, but it has an antimicrobial effect that may cause the germs to die more quickly.
In general, you shouldn’t feel too concerned about picking up the coronavirus from your hair. But if you do worry, then you can shampoo or shower more frequently (and maybe have your kids wash their hair more often, too, if they’ve gone back to school). The frequent washing can definitely be damaging to your hair, make sure the shampoo and conditioner you choose will be both cleansing and gentle. Our natural hair care products are made without harsh chemicals and safe for everyday use.
Don't give up on washing hands and wearing masks, as these are critical prevention measures against COVID-19. In the meantime, taking the necessary steps to help protect your skin.
*** If you develop cracked skin that starts to bleed, blisters turn into ulcers or become infected, or if you have a serious skin reaction, reach out to your doctor immediately. Damaged skin can increase your risk of infection and may need more than home care.