Skincare is a part of self-care, and now more than ever we must have a healthy skincare routine to prevent the spread of COVID-19. During this time of self-isolation, is a perfect time to finally get into a skincare routine that works for you and your skin. Dr. Ahmed Abdullah has some tips on how you can take care of your skin during this time.
Dr. Abdullah says that “good hygiene practices and limited proximity to others is key to minimizing the potential of catching [COVID-19]” (PRWeb). Here are some tips on how to care for your skin:
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap before touching your face with makeup or skincare products. Then dry your skin with a clean towel.
- “When using makeup or skincare products in a jar,… use clean …cosmetic spatula, or cotton swab to scoop out the product. Do not share products with others or use [them]… public product testers in beauty stores” (PRWeb).
- You should be washing your face 1-2 times per day, but with this extra time that we now have as a bonus try scheduling a mid-day facial cleanse as a precaution due to the coronavirus, if you want to reduce the risk.
The ingredients that are used to help fight and kill coronavirus are also the ingredients that dry out our skin. Cracked skin can lead to skin infections. Dr. Abdullah recommends after washing your hands or using hand sanitizer to apply a moisturizing product, that hydrates the skin. The damage from hand sanitizers will be minimized from moisturizing. When finding a moisturizer look for ingredients that have propylene glycol, squalene and glycerin. With the shortage of hand sanitizer, Dr.Abdullah says that consumers can make their own hand sanitizer by mixing “one part aloe vera gel and two parts isopropyl alcohol” (PRWeb).
It is important that we use this time to practice safe and healthy skincare routines and help flatten the curve.