It’s no doubt that we’ve constantly been reminded to wash our hands and maintain good hygiene during the COVID-19 pandemic. Practicing good hygiene is definitely the best way for us to protect ourselves from the virus that has been wreaking havoc all over the world. And for some of us, good hygiene also means having a strict skincare routine.
Luckily, popular Twitter user Dr. Winlove Mojica, a registered dermatologist, shared tips on how to continue with your skincare routine even in times like this! He gives advice for everyone who can’t go a day without performing their skincare routine, even during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
Here are three tips Dr. Mojica shared with GMA News:
Wash your hands before touching your face
Your hands are for sure one of the dirtier parts of the body, especially after going out. You use it to touch fresh produce, toiletries, and cash—which we all know has been passed around millions of times. The germs that live on the surface of these items transfer to your hands and stay there until you wash them with soap and water. Now, imagine touching your face with germ-filled hands! It could cause breakouts and allergic reactions, or worse, illnesses. That’s why you MUST make it a habit to wash your hands with soap and water before touching your face so as not to transfer germs and microbes from your hands.
Sanitize new products
For anyone and everyone who prioritizes skincare, trips to the grocery would also mean buying a new bottle of your favorite lotion or toner, apart from the necessities like food and water. But you should remember to clean the surface of the item, or its packaging, using a disinfectant such as alcohol or bleach-water mixture. As mentioned before, packagings can be home to microbes that can cause allergies and illnesses, that’s why it’s best to disinfect them before use.
No sharing of products in the meantime
You and your siblings may be used to sharing your face powders, toners, and moisturizers. But times like this, you may have to keep your skincare items to yourself first. Dr. Mojica explains that sharing items may result in cross-contamination—a process where microbes are transferred from one object to another, which can have harmful effects. A nurse from the US made a video about cross-contamination of the coronavirus, and you can watch it here, so you’d know why sharing items is a no-no during this COVID-19 pandemic.
While some may think that there should be other things to prioritize, it’s still ideal to take care of our skin. “Most skin conditions are non-life threatening, therefore individuals presenting with complaints about their skin will most likely not be entertained,” Dr. Mojica explains to GMA News, referring to hospitals’ priority to attend to COVID-19 patients, persons under investigation (PUIs), and persons under monitoring (PUMs).
He says that at times like this, it would be best to keep skincare routines simple to avoid any allergic reactions, because it would be quite difficult to find a dermatologist at the moment.
For other skincare tips and advice, you can follow Dr. Mojica on Twitter.