Times have changed, for everyone. No matter your race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or your political beliefs, you have, in some way been effected by the global pandemic, the coronavirus. As important preventative measures to stay safe from the virus, we are now washing our hands more than ever, using hand sanitizer, and wearing face-masks, sometimes for hours at a time, daily. Although these practices have been put in place for our wellbeing and ultimate safety, they could also dry out, irritate, and damage the skin. Thankfully, we can adjust our skincare with a few easy changes to keep our skin free of harm.
Let’s begin with the face. During COVID-19, whether it be workers in restaurants, retail stores, or health care professionals, there are still many workers out there forced to wear masks during their shifts. Yes, these masks could be helpful and are used as safety precautions against the virus, however they can cause real damage to the skin on your face. People are reporting chafing of the skin around the nose, chin, cheeks, and behind the ears. There are rashes and irritations developing around the mask area and even breakouts caused by sweat and moisture build up. Thankfully, we are not hopeless here and we can do things to lessen these complications while we still move through this pandemic:
As you put together what you need to care for your skin correctly, begin considering the hands as well. Like we mentioned above, one of the most powerful steps you can take to prevent COVID-19, as outlined by the CDC, is to wash your hands as often as possible for long periods of time, with soap, as well as using hand sanitizers often. Washing our hands this often can really dry our skin out. Here are some quick tips:
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