Over the period of the pandemic, many of us have changed the way we think about our skin. From having to use masks daily, we may have made decisions to stop using our favourite makeup items, cut down on facial and beauty appointments, and have well-acquainted ourselves with what to do with the infamous ‘maskne’.

With a better grasp on maskne and other Covid related skin woes, the next question that arises for us is — if we can still use our skincare items if we’ve been infected with Covid, or fall sick in general…

Can COVID-19 live on our beauty products?

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the guidelines released recommended that we sanitise almost every surface, especially once we’ve been infected but what about our daily makeup and skincare products? Can COVID-19 live on our beauty products?

While there isn’t enough research and evidence on how long the coronavirus remains active outside the body, studies have reported activity anywhere from two hours to nine days depending on the surface. With that said, experts recommend proceeding with your regularly scheduled beauty regimen extremely cautiously. To be extra safe, however, if you contract the coronavirus, it is best to avoid using any products for the duration of the infection, only coming back to them once you have recovered, as it is suspected that they can become safe again if left untouched for several days. 

So, if you’re feeling under the weather and are home sick with a cold, here are our tips to keep your skin looking and feeling its best. After all, when you look better, you feel better, right?

Don’t Overlook Sanitising Your Beauty Tools

Wash your makeup brushes and sponges regularly. Don’t double-dip applicators into makeup after it has touched your skin. Wipe down your makeup bag and any products that were used outside your home, like lip gloss, balms, mascara, for example. 

Incorporate Cooling Gel Masks into Your Skincare Routine

Soothe dried out, dehydrated skin by using one time cooling gel masks like the ones from Inna Organic! With regular use, they can put moisture back in the skin and make it look replenished and refreshed. Due to the cold nature of gel masks, they may also relieve a pounding head and achy face from congestion. To make a gel mask even colder, put it in the refrigerator an hour prior to use! 

Moisturise with a deeply hydrating cream or serum

Don’t neglect your skin just because you can’t use your regular products. Consistent and repeated nose blowing, plus all that friction from tissues can quickly make the nose and surrounding area red, dry, and irritated. Invest in a multi purpose product during this time so that you can keep your routine minimal but effective. Look for ingredients such as borage oil, jojoba oil, carrot oil, sesame seed oil, linolenic acid and even shea butter! We love MV SKINTHERAPY Pure Jojoba or Odacite Jojoba Lavender Serum Concentrate.

Mint Infused Skincare

When you’re sick, the skin can look dull while your body fights the infection, as well as making it hard to breathe with all that nose blowing. Try using products  that contains natural peppermint or rosemary leaf oils, such as Odacite’s Mint + Green Tea Hydra-Purifying Treatment Mist and/or Odacite Black Mint Cooling Gel Cleanser. These products can hopefully help clear a stuffy head, open up the nasal passages, and stimulate circulation to give your skin a much-needed freshness to feel better. 

If you prefer to use what you have, you can also pick up minty essential oils and add a couple of drops to your facial cleanser.

Drink lots of water!

Last, but not least… stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and eating plentiful of fruits! Focus as best you can on keeping fluids running through your body to flush away toxins! Drinking water also decreases under eye and face puffiness — so drink up!

Stay safe and remember, you can take precautions to protect yourself during the COVID-19 pandemic and still keep your skin healthy and nourished!

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