One very minor side effect surrounding everything that’s going on with the coronavirus pandemic: “A lot of people have a lot of time on their hands right now,” says West Palm Beach, FL dermatologist Kenneth Beer, MD.
His suggestion, besides staying put: “It’s a great time to reboot your skin-care regime; it’s something that even the busiest of people can finally focus on.”
“We have to stay safe, we have to shelter in place, but that can lead to a lot of anxiety and OCD,” she says. “If you can, channel that energy into doing a facial, a mask, a body treatment, an at-home spa moment—doing all of these things can help soothe.”
The recent challenges with coronavirus have also made many of Omaha, NE dermatologist Joel Schlessinger, MD‘s patients ready to do “something for themselves.”
“That may be an at-home treatment, such as the NuFace device or an at-home exfoliation system, such as Dermaflash,” says Dr. Schlessinger, who runs the e-commerce skin-care site, LovelySkin.com. “Additionally, many are treating themselves to newer and more luxurious products as they are focusing on their health. In particular, lines that are doing well right now are SkinCeuticals—CE Ferulic is our top seller—and Perricone MD.”
“We are delighted if we can make any lives happier at this time!”
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What’s more—surprise!—it’s officially spring out there, making it the perfect time to do that deep-clean on life.
Plus, as Orlando, FL dermatologist Allison Arthur, MD says, a good old-fashioned de-cluttering can provide some peace, since, as she puts it, “outer order leads to inner calm.”
“Now is a great time to ‘Marie Kondo’ your skin-care products,” suggests East Greenwich, RI dermatologist Caroline Chang, MD. “Go through your medicine cabinet, check expiration dates on products and throw away anything expired.”
The change of season also naturally calls for a bit of a revise, especially when it comes to hydration: “As we go from winter to spring, you should adjust your products for warmer, humid weather. Put aside your heavy-duty moisturizers and gentle cleansers and switch to lighter moisturizers and stronger cleaners to cut through the oil and humidity build-up,” Dr. Chang says. “With more time in the morning and night at home for skin care, try to get in the zone with a regimen so when life gets busy again, your skin-care routine will be second nature.”
While purging feels good whether it’s your pores or expired skin care, Covington, LA dermatologist Christel Malinski, MD points out that a lot of people don’t like “retinoid dermatitis”—otherwise known as the initial peeling, scaling and flaking that can come with introducing that gold-standard, anti-aging ingredient of retinol to your skin.
“Now that many of us are working from home and social-distancing, it’s the perfect time for a little social downtime. You can let your skin peel and not worry about needing to wear makeup and look presentable.”
Of course, a simple skin-care switch-up isn’t going to fix everything and, “eventually, things will find some semblance of order,” assures Dr. Beer. “But, for now, all of this is a nice distraction.”