Keeping up appearances during these uncertain times is becoming more difficult every day. Now, it seems the image we present to the outside world is more about a creative face covering and less about skin health, makeup, or aesthetics. Public health officials have instructed us to take common-sense precautions to protect us from this invisible virus, which includes masks and frequent hand washing.
Stopping the spread of COVID-19 in our communities should be a priority for us all, but daily practices can wreak havoc on our skin health. Constant friction from facial masks can cause irritation and breakouts, and repeated hand washing can make our hands dry, chapped, and wrinkled. To counter these effects of practicing CDC guidelines, triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sara Yegiyants offers these three simple hints to manage dry skin from frequent sanitizing and washing.
1. Use Gentle Soaps
With so many hand soaps available to keep our hands sterile and clean, it’s essential to choose one that is gentle to your skin. The soap you select makes a significant difference in your skin health. Abrasive or fragrant soaps can be too aggressive, leaving your hands overly dry. Find a natural soap with botanical ingredients. Dr. Yegiyants offers a wide range of professional skin care products (including cleansers and moisturizers) that are excellent to keep your skin clean and healthy. Call us if you need help choosing the best option for you.
2. Hydrate Your Skin With a Medical-Grade Moisturizer
Moisturizer should become your best friend, if it isn’t already. Keep it handy in the bathroom, in the kitchen, and in your car and purse. It’s vital to apply hand cream or salve that hydrates deeply. Like your soap, look for products that are fragrance-free and have natural ingredients.
Although your favorite lotion may smell great, some products can cause more damage than good. Stick to the creams or salves and lather liberally after each wash or sanitizer application. If you’re prone to dry skin, invest in cotton gloves. Apply Vaseline or a generous amount of moisturizer before bedtime, then slip on those gloves. Your skin will absorb the product in a more hydrating atmosphere. If you prefer, you can do it during the day also while enjoying a day off relaxing.
3. Don’t Rub, Pat Dry
If you have sensitive and tender skin, rubbing vigorously with your hand towel can add to irritation and dry skin. Try patting your hands dry to avoid any harsh friction. Then, smooth on a generous amount of hand cream or salve to complete the process.