Top Tips for Healthy Skin
Skincare tips brought to you by Shmutzies, the natural soap people in Bucks County
Washing hands and wearing face masks are key steps to preventing COVID. But they can dry out your skin and cause acne. Here at Smutzies, we manufacture natural soaps and cream. We know about skincare and share the best tips for having healthy skin.
Most people are washing their hands or using hand sanitizer more frequently these days. Many are also wearing face masks when in public or during work shifts, often for hours at a time. These measures are key to reducing the spread of the virus that causes COVID but they can irritate and damage your skin. Making a few skincare changes for your hands and face can help counteract these effects.
One of the most important things you can do to protect against the virus is to keep your hands clean and free from germs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
But lots of handwashing can strip your hands of their natural oils. To prevent dry, cracked skin:
Be gentle on your hands
Use cool or lukewarm water with soap to wash your hands. Hot water isn’t any more helpful against germs that can make you sick. And hot water can increase skin damage. Avoid antibacterial cleansers. They aren’t that useful for preventing infectious diseases. And they contain chemicals such as fragrance that can irritate the skin.
Wear gloves when cleaning to protect your skin
Disinfectants for cleaning surfaces are effective against germs, but some of the ingredients can be harsh on your hands.
After washing your hands, gently rinse and pat them dry. Right after, apply plenty of moisturizer. If your hands still feel dry after a minute or so, apply more. Use a moisturizer that’s hypoallergenic and free of fragrances and dyes that can irritate your skin.
Don’t ignore early skin protection
Even if your hands don’t feel dry or chapped, be sure to moisturize them regularly. Preventing skin irritation from developing in the first place is more effective than trying to catch up later when the skin is already broken and cracked.
Many workers in places such as salons, restaurants, retail stores, and healthcare wear masks throughout their shifts right now. As helpful as it is, mask use can lead to chafing of the skin on the bridge of your nose, chin, cheeks, and even behind the ears. Some people develop itchiness or a rash. Sweaty or damp conditions under the mask can lead to acne breakouts. To ease these complications of mask-wearing:
Adopt a regular skincare routine
Cleanse and moisturize your face before and after using a mask. Choose products labeled “noncomedogenic,” which means they won’t clog skin pores. If your skin tends to be on the oily side, go for a water-soluble moisturizer.
If you develop acne, cleanse your skin regularly. Use a water-soluble moisturizer. Look for acne treatment products that contain retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acid. Also, avoid popping or squeezing pimples, which can contribute to inflammation and infection of the area.
Don’t give up on washing hands and wearing masks, as these are critical prevention measures against the virus. In the meantime, taking the steps described above can help protect your skin. Using natural handmade soap can also help nourish and moisturize your skin.