A new year and we are still wearing masks and will do so for several months to come. Plus, handwashing continues to be essential in protecting yourself and loved ones. With both these key safety measures, you may need a better skin care regimen to stay safe in 2021.
What’s that on your face?
It’s more important than ever that you use good skin care products that are right for your skin type. That doesn’t mean expensive; it means choose products that are designed to meet your needs.
- Normal Skin: If you’re lucky to have balanced, clear, and not sensitive skin, you’ll want to use products designated for normal skin types.
- Sensitive skin: It’s best to use hypoallergenic, dermatologist-tested, and ophthalmologist-tested products. Products should be free from harsh chemicals like synthetic fragrances, parabens, and drying alcohol.
- Oily skin: Use a moisturizer that’s lightweight, free of oils, and water based. Your overall good skin health needs should include following your routine twice daily.
No matter your skin type, your routine should include cleansing, hydrating/moisturizing and, of course, using sunscreen.
Take care while wearing masks
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends a few steps to take in our mask wearing Covid era:
- Wash and moisturize your face before and after wearing a mask.
- Protect your lips. Petroleum jelly or a good lip balm should do the trick.
- Skip the makeup. After all, you’re wearing a mask!
- Avoid new products that may irritate your skin.
- Take a safe break. Every four hours or so, remove your mask when it’s safe to do so and after washing your hands. Some places where you can do so safely include going outside and socially distancing, inside your car when you’re alone and, of course, at home.
Wash your cloth masks and replace your disposable ones.
Hands need love, too
Dry hands hurt. The colder our weather gets and the more handwashing you do, the more your hands need special attention. At a minimum, every time you wash your hands, dry them and apply an appropriate hand cream. Keep one next to every sink and use it to keep cracking and itchiness at bay.
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