As people around the world adjust to the new normal enacted by the coronavirus, there’s a focus on wearing facemasks, observing social distancing, and frequent sanitation. However, skincare can, also, play a role in helping prevent transmission of the coronavirus. Remember, you can be infected with COVID-19 if you touch a contaminated surface. Proper skin hygiene is a large part of the world’s battle with COVID-19.
Here are some tips on how you can take care of your skin during the pandemic:
Wash your hand regularly
This is the most basic, yet most important, tip for caring for your skin during the pandemic. By regularly washing your hands, especially when you’ve touched public surfaces, you’re actively lessening your chances of infection. It’s always a great idea to wash your hands after doing anything.
Use lukewarm water
Using hot water to wash your skin or hands may damage your skin over time. It is important to make sure you use lukewarm water when washing your hands. This will keep your hands clean and safe, as well as keeping your skin healthy. If your skin becomes damaged, it becomes that much easier for germs or viruses to get inside your body.
Protect your skin from harmful chemicals when disinfecting surfaces
Now more than ever, it is important to thoroughly clean surfaces wherever you work or live. Make sure to protect your skin from the chemicals in disinfectants and other cleaning solutions by wearing gloves or other similar materials. Always make sure to read the instructions to stay safe when using cleaning materials. It’s not good to make sure you stay safe from the coronavirus, and then misuse a disinfectant and burn your skin. It’ll only make you more vulnerable to the coronavirus; the exact opposite of your goal!
Do not forget to moisturize
When you wash your hand frequently, your skin loses its natural oils to keep your skin healthy. To prevent having dry hands, make sure to regularly use a moisturizer. Even if your hands don’t feel like they’re getting dry after a few washes, it is still important to moisturize and stay ahead of the game. Remember, dry skin can result in skin irritation, and any sort of injury can weaken your immune system – the last thing you want in this pandemic.
Do not forget about your face
Remember that the coronavirus can enter your system through your eyes, nose, and mouth. Keeping your face clean can go a long way to prevent infection. Just like your hands, you should regularly clean your face to remove excess oil, dirt, and other harmful germs. Make sure to include a moisturizer in your routine, since, just like your hands, your face will also dry out if washed more than usual.