All this time inside has really had an effect on our skincare routines. Before the lockdown, we all had a routine to manage; Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize, etc. However, with the sudden lack of schedule it seems our daily routines have just gone by the wayside. Well, just because we're on our third month and 15th pint of Mint Chip ice-cream doesn't mean we can't begin to start taking care of ourselves right now. It's time to kickstart your beauty routines again and we'll start with the most essential, hands.
What can I do to ensure the well being of my hands and prevent dryness?
I've been on a cleanliness rampage since the COVID lockdown and my hands have definitely paid the price for it. "Over-washing your hands can lead to disruption of the outer skin layer, with dryness and irritation," said Dr. Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. All this scrubbing has taken a toll on my hands as well. If you've been over using anti-bacterial soaps (like apparently everyone has since I can't seem to find any on the shelves at stores) then that could be a HUGE contributing factor dryness.
Remember to wash with highly moisturizing soaps and also remember to use lukewarm water as too hot or cold is harsh and abrasive. Also, using lotion on your hands at night while you sleep will help to retain maximum moisture and silky softness. Consider it a tip for the Pizza Delivery boy when you accidentally brush hands as he hands you you large Meat Lovers. Watch his jaw drop and his knees go weak when your perfectly pristine fingertips run along the back of his essential knuckles.
Taking care of your hands will help your feeling of self-comfort:
So if this quarantine has put a halt on your daily routines and you've fallen into a Netflix binge, remember restarting your beauty routine is as easy as washing your hands. Use moisturizing, soft soaps, and lukewarm water. Avoid over using hand sanitizers as well. Above all else, just start.
Don't let quarantine keep you down. Let it motivate you to prioritize what's really important, your sense of well being.