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Much of our springtime advice to you is about protecting your skin while you are outdoors, but during this time of mandatory isolation your skin is facing some indoor challenges as well! 

Let’s start with your hands.  We’ve given advice on keeping your hands healthy during all the extra hand washing, and that hasn’t changed. But we know over-washing your hands breaks down your skin’s natural barriers and leads to dryness and irritation.  Since we NEED to be over-washing right now for our safety, it’s the follow up care that’s vital: moisturize! After THOROUGH hand washing, apply moisturizer while your hands are still slightly damp. 

One of our favorite topics is sun protection.  You might think that if you are indoors more you can skip the SPF, but think again! Both UVA and UVB rays can penetrate window glass.  So even if you are stuck inside, keep up the good habit of applying a mineral based SPF product.  We are rarely without sunshine in the desert, but it is worth noting that a lack of natural light can affect mood and Vitamin D production.  If you are isolating indoors, try to sit near a window for some of the day, or if you can, go outside for a (socially distant) walk.  Just make sure you have applied SPF first. 

Lastly, many of us are staring at screens for a much longer time than we are used to.  From your TV, to computer, to tablet, to phone, all of these devices emit blue light.  Also known as high energy visible light (HEV), it has been shown to have harmful effects on your skin, including signs of aging and dark spots. Be mindful of how much time you are spending on screens, and limit what you can.  

One benefit of staying at home? You can give your skin a holiday! Strip down to a simpler skin care routine, and forego the use of makeup. Use this time to perfect your skin care, and find a routine that works for you and that you can stick to.  And once the world opens up again, you’ll be ready! 

In the meantime, please continue to care for yourselves and others. Wash your hands often, and be vigilant about not touching your face.  We look forward to seeing you again soon! 

*At this time, Govenor Sisolak has extended the closure of non-essential businesses until April 29th.  If you need any products during this time, or have questions or concern about your skin care, please contact me at 702-496-2066. 

www.privyskincare.com

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