The rapid spread of coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19, has changed the way we live in many ways. Most of us are working from home, schools are shut, and we’ve transformed into clean freaks.
With these changes, it means our beauty routine has evolved too. With plenty of time to spend indoors, we have more opportunity to perfect our skincare routine, there’s a bigger focus on cleanliness, and let’s face it – we have more inclination to treat ourselves due to the tough times we’re facing.
Whether you’ve already implemented these changes into your routine or you’re seeking some inspiration on how to improve your beauty practice during isolation, here are some of the top ways coronavirus has changed the way we approach skincare.
There’s A Focus on Cleanliness
One of the first ways we’ve learned how to prevent coronavirus is to avoid touching our faces. While we all know we shouldn’t prod at our skin anyway, it’s a difficult habit for many to stop.
Research is still ongoing as to how long coronavirus can survive outside the body. However, some studies gauge that it can be anything from two hours up to nine days depending on the type of surface. Yet there’s limited research conducted on how long it lives on beauty products.
That means during these trying times it’s more important than ever to practice good hygiene especially when it comes to our skincare routine.
If you’re used to sharing products with your sister or housemate, now’s the time to stop (that means more for you – yay!) Instead create a personal ‘clean zone’ in your bathroom or bedroom and sanitize all your beauty products, keeping them safely within the area.
When you’re ready to get started on your skincare routine be sure to spend 20 seconds or so thoroughly washing your hands to prevent the spread of the virus. If any of your products feature an applicator, clean it before and after use each time.
As always, continue to wash your makeup brushes and sponges and keep your bathroom and workstations nice and clean. Even if your products aren’t contaminated with coronavirus, great hygiene practice will help you keep your skin clear and clean – it’s a win-win!
Treating Ourselves Is the New Normal
Let’s face it – staying indoors 24/7 is far from ideal. The days are long, tedious, and seemingly never-ending.
That’s why it’s important to make the effort to keep our spirits high to look after our mental health. One of the best ways of treating ourselves during these difficult times is by indulging in a luxurious beauty treatment like a skin-loving face mask. After all, it’s the next best thing when we can’t make it to the spa.
BABOR’s High Skin Refiner Lifting Foam Mask is packed full of active ingredients like hyaluronic acid and panthenol that helps seal in moisture, dosing the skin with lipid components.
Lie back, close your eyes, and relax as the foam mask works its magic – bliss.
It's All About the Hands
Continuous hand washing using anti-bacterial soap and hand sanitizer is key in preventing the spread of coronavirus. However, the bad news is that continual washing can strip the skin of its natural oils, leaving you with hands that are less than supple, soft, and smooth.
Stripped and dry hands can result in premature aging, so it’s so important that you follow up on your new strict handwashing habit by using a nourishing hand cream.
We love the Phytomer Oleocreme Ulta-Nourishing Hand Cream that works to protect, soothe, and soften parched and damaged hands that are crying out for some TLC. Featuring a hydrating duo of marine oils, hands are intensely nurtured, moisturized, and comforted after use.
The rich and silky formula offers a fresh citrus fragrance too, so your mitts will not only be super clean and nourished, but they’ll smell fab too.
We Have More Time to Spend on Our Beauty Routine
As we shut ourselves away into our homes, many of us have found ourselves with plenty of time to spend on our beauty routine. When life used to be busy and full-on, for many of us it was hard to commit to that five-step skincare routine or the weekly intensive hair masks.
During these uncertain times, many of us have found comfort in skincare and beauty. It’s not just something we can hold onto as normal, but now we have no excuses not to perfect that skincare routine we’ve always dreamed of sticking to. Not only that but finally we have an opportunity to let our skin breathe as we go barefaced when indoors.
A quick scroll through social media outlets like Instagram and Facebook will show that lots of people can relate, with many focusing on building a skincare routine that truly works for them. And why not? If we must cocoon, why not emerge as a butterfly when coronavirus is all over?
Coronavirus isn’t the only excuse not to touch your skin though. Here are some other reasons why you shouldn’t touch your face.