How is the pandemic affecting your skin? It should come as no surprise to us that most of our daily routines might look a little bit different these days. Times are different, so it’s expected. In order to keep yourself and everyone around you safe, we have to follow certain regulations that -although they favor our overall health- can sometimes be quite jarring on our skin.
Hand sanitizers can dry out and crack the skin on your hands, while masks can cause acne and a number of other side effects. But both these items are essential for staying protected, so how can we minimize the second-hand effects and still have glowing, healthy-looking skin? Although times are stressful and uncertain, it’s still incredibly important that we take care of ourselves both mentally and physically so that we can look and feel our best. This includes putting time and dedication into keeping your skin healthy, especially as the weather gets colder. Here are some quick tips to get you started!
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
I can’t stress this enough. If your hands are dry, cracking, and painful from not only hand sanitizer but from the cold as well, make sure you’re keeping them hydrated and cared for with some hand cream. This goes for your face, too! In order to achieve healthy, radiant skin, you must incorporate some type of moisturizer or serum into your daily skincare routine.
Avoid washing your hands with hot water
Since we’re washing our hands more frequently nowadays, it’s important we understand that doing so under hot temperatures will damage our skin. It’s tempting if we’re under the impression that it will kill germs and infections, but what it’s really doing is just making your skin even drier. Avoid this by using lukewarm water instead.
Start a regular skincare routine
If we’re going to be wearing masks for a while, it’s important we cleanse our face properly at the end of the day to rid the surface of dirt and avoid side effects like fungal acne (or maskne). Make sure you cleanse your skin before and after using a mask. Use the proper moisturizers depending on what type of skin you have, and your face will look and feel healthy and glowing.
Make sure you’re eating healthy and staying active
These points are always important to mention. Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet (fruits and veggies, preferably water-rich ones, whole grains, etc) as well as keeping yourself moving and staying active (going to the gym, doing workouts at home, stretching…) are essential in general for keeping your body in a good state, not just during the pandemic. As a result, your skin will reap the benefits of a healthy routine and look just as great itself.
Don’t forget to exfoliate
Just because your skin is dry and more rough-looking than usual, it doesn’t mean you should skip exfoliating. A healthy and complete skincare routine includes exfoliating twice a week, minimum. Exfoliating with the right products gets rid of dry and dead skin, unclogging pores, and of course, it also leaves your skin looking radiant, glowing, and beautiful.