The recent outbreak of the pandemic has gotten everyone unnerved. With new confirmed cases popping up every day the situation does not seem to be getting any better. It has made everyone sit up and take actions to ensure their safety. Public places are being thoroughly cleansed, sanitisers are flying off the shelves and a sneeze can score your sneering looks from the people around you!

People are making many changes to their lifestyle. From frequent hot showers to staying in on Friday nights, measures are being taken to limit getting the flu. One big aspect of that is our daily grooming and beauty routine. For a virus that spreads through droplets and fomites, it is important to pay close attention to the things we put on our skin. There is an immediate need to santitze your beauty routine, especially if your vanity box hasn't been cleaned in a long time.

Here are some tips to help you get started with sanitizing your beauty routine.

 

01. Clean your products regularly and sanitize them

01.	Clean your products regularly and sanitize them

Regular scrub-down of makeup and skincare products is a good practice to have regardless of a virus spread. A recent study out of Aston University In England found superbugs like E.coli and staphylococcus on 9 out of 10 makeup bags in their study sample. This makes our beauty products one of the dirtiest things around the house.

Clean your makeup brushes with soap and hot water regularly. Use sanitizing wipes to rub down bottles and sprays to disinfect powder palettes. Use clean spatulas to scoop your creams out and throw out all your expired kohls, lipsticks and balms. Anything you put on your mouth, nose and eyes should be handled with utmost care.

 

02. Keep sanitizers and hand wash handy at all times

02.	Keep sanitizers and hand wash handy at all times

This one might sound like a no-brainer but it is imperative to keep sanitizers and hand wash handy at all times. The Lifebuoy Total 10 Hand Sanitizer and hand wash comes with 10-hours germ protection and is packed with ingredients to suit your delicate skin. They also come in small travel sizes that can be tossed into your sling. 

 

03. Double up on moisturising hand creams

03.	Double up on moisturising hand creams

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, one of the key recommendations doled out by health advisories worldwide is to keep your hands squeaky clean at all times. This means washing them every time you touch a foreign object at work, after you get home or even if you think you might touch your face anytime soon.

In the past couple of weeks, I have been dealing with coarse hands that no amount of creamy hand washes can soothe. You also run the risk of being more susceptible to the virus if you have dry and cracked hands. Double down on hand creams that are both protective and offer intense hydration. I have personally been cleaning out a tube of the Vaseline Intensive Care Healthy Hand Stronger Nails Hand Cream and my palms are so grateful for it.

 

04. Add products with antibacterial and antifungal properties in them

04.	Add products with antibacterial and antifungal properties in them

Every woman has her own unique collection of skincare products depending on her needs. My beauty bag is an eclectic mix of cosmetic, natural and homemade items which serve their individual purposes. Regardless of what your haul looks like right now, it is in need of an update. Stock up on products that have antibacterial and antifungal properties so that they don’t get contaminated very easily. For instance, you can take your pick of essential oils and incorporate it in your beauty routine, even replacing some high-risk items. A healthy and wholesome regimen will go a long way to keep any nasty infections at bay.

 

05. Stop sharing makeup altogether

05.	Stop sharing makeup altogether

Last but not the least, stop sharing your makeup with others. We can’t stress this hard enough. This also goes for people who have to sit in makeup chairs on a daily basis and get their makeup done up by a makeup artist. Bring your own makeup and make sure to properly sanitize them when taken back. It seems like a lot of work right now but trust me, it’ll go a long way to protect you.