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How can I wash my hands without drying them out?

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It is a necessary gesture to face the coronavirus crisis and there are ways to do it to avoid dermatitis and excessive dryness

If your skin is dry and you have been washing your hands non-stop for a few weeks, following the recommendations of the Ministry of Health and the WHO to avoid the transmission of the coronavirus, this interests you.

“Handwashing is a great way to prevent transmission of the Covid-19 and, therefore, chances are you’re now washing hands more than usual, ” begins his argument on Instagram the Lorea Bagazgoitia, Dermatologist Dr. And the author of the book What science says about skincare (Plataforma Editorial, 2018), which points out: “You do well. However, you can also be seeing how your skin suffers ”.

Collateral damage


According to an expert in skincare, using gels and hand soaps repeatedly can gradually remove the lipid layer from the skin.

Specifically, if the damage is great, an irritant dermatitis (irritative eczema) appears, which is characterized by redness, fine scales, and a cracked-looking surface, accompanied by itching.

It is very characteristic that the crease between the fingers is also affected.

From the dermatology consultations, Dr. Bagazgoitia points out, treatment can be prescribed: “If it has already appeared, cream with topical corticosteroid for a few days. Thus the redness and itching will disappear ”. But the ideal is, while we are on time, to prevent this damage.

Prevent damage


To find out how to avoid the damage of washing both hands (an absolutely mandatory gesture in these weeks to avoid the transmission of Covid-19), we have spoken with Dr. Ana Molina, a dermatologist at the Hospital Fundación Jiménez Díaz (Madrid) and Professor of Dermatology at UAM, who has told us this:

“These days many people are coming with dermatitis on their hands. So many consecutive washes remove the hydrolipidic layer from the skin and it becomes very dry. It is necessary to hydrate. But if the skin is already irritated and we use perfumed creams to hydrate it, the skin begins to itch and become more irritated. The best, most effective, and inexpensive moisturizer is sterile pure petroleum jelly. It is not the most pleasant, but it is the fastest recovery. It does not have perfumes and is thick and moisturizing ”.

Dr. Molina gives us a beauty and health tip for hands that are very dry and irritated by excessive washing:

” I recommend applying the petroleum jelly and then putting on a glove, to create a certain occlusion, and leaving it on all afternoon, even sleeping with it ”.

How to avoid reaching this glove moment? Doing a little different hand cleaning. Dr. Molina teaches us which:

“The best way to avoid this excessive dryness is to use mild soaps, the syndet type, or oleogels for such frequent washing. They are products whose PH is closer to that of the skin, they respect more the hydrolipidic layer of the skin and clean as well as conventional hand soaps ”, argues the dermatologist.

The hydroalcoholic gel also dries the skin a lot


“Of course, yes,” replies the dermatologist from the Jiménez Díaz Foundation, who adds: “Above all, to those people who, due to their profession or their circumstances, are repeating all day: water, soap, hydroalcoholic gel and start over”.

So, in short, keep washing your hands as many times as necessary but, as recommended by Dr. Bagazgoitia, follow these guidelines:

– Use mild cleaning products

– Dry your hands very well after each wash

– Apply moisturizer frequently to replenish the lipid layer that cleaning products or alcoholic gels remove

– If they become excessively dry, follow Dr. Molina’s Vaseline and Glove Trick

– If dermatitis appears, see a dermatologist


One last note about cleaning gels without water


“When using a hydroalcoholic gel, due to alcohol, people with sensitive skin may experience irritation, itching, dry skin and even swelling,” explained Marián García days ago, in networks @boticariagarcia, Doctor in pharmacy, nutritionist, a great disseminator and author of the book El Jamón de York does not exist (La Esfera de los Libros, 2019).

“To avoid this, it is convenient that moisturizers are included in the formula, which does not inhibit the action of alcohol or oils to increase hydration and replace skin lipids,” says the expert.

If we do not know what type of moisturizers our gel contains, we must ask at the pharmacy and, if excessive dryness is perceived after use, use moisturizer once the gel has dried (which takes about 20 seconds).

It is interesting to know that not all gels are the same. We find out by reading on the profile @inside_cosmetics, in which a pharmacist, a chemist and a chemical engineer answer the most frequent questions about cosmetics. They say this about hydroalcoholic gels to wash hands without soap and water:

“You can find gels of this type, either as cosmetics or as biocides. The differences are these:

-The cosmetic: It must comply with the Cosmetic Regulations, so they are not required to declare the percentages of each ingredient. In the claims, nothing should appear as a disinfectant, they can only indicate cleaning and hygiene.

-The biocide for human hygiene: They are governed by different regulations and must keep a record from the AEMPS as an antiseptic for healthy skin. In them, you can put claims of its effectiveness against microorganisms. It also indicates the quantities in its ingredients.

And they point out: “With the coronavirus crisis, we have the need to have one. If it is to clean, soap and water are enough. If he catches you on the street, there’s plenty of cosmetics. If you are caring for an immunosuppressed person or you are, it is better to use the biocide. The formula is the same but with the second we ensure the alcohol concentration (which must be 70% to disinfect) ”.

As for whether these gels are effective in eliminating the virus, the three experts are not clear. “In the case of biocides, if they are effective against viruses, they must declare it on the label.”

What do I do with my gel nails in quarantine?

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How to remove permanent polish and gel nails without damaging them

It may be that the confinement, with the consequent closure of all establishments such as hairdressers and beauty centers, has caught you with fresh nails.

If the last time you chose gel nails or permanent enamels, it may be that in a few days -when you have them overgrown- you will find yourself in the position to erase or remove them on your own.

At that time, and taking into account that there is time to #ISTAYINHOME, please read these instructions that Katia’s manicure experts in Camerinos have given us through Treatwell. You will be able to remove the color without damaging the nails.

Necessary material


To remove the semi-permanent polish or porcelain nails, we will need a thick nail file, pure acetone, cottons, aluminum foil, and an orange stick or any other small tool that helps us remove.

Step by Step:


1. File the top layer of semi-permanent nail polish carefully, to reduce the volume and allow the acetone to penetrate better.

2. Soak cotton balls in acetone and place them on your nails.

3. So that it doesn’t evaporate, cover each finger with aluminum foil.

4. Let the acetone work for about 30 to 40 minutes.

5. Remove the aluminum and cotton. You will see that the enamel has wrinkled and, pushing it with the orange stick, it comes out quite easily. If it is porcelain or gel, the texture will be rubbery.

6. If during this process you notice that it is difficult to remove the enamel, cover with cotton wool in acetone and aluminum foil for another ten minutes.

7. It is possible that, when finished, the nail remains. To do this, carefully file the rest of the product and when finished, wash your hands well to remove traces of acetone and moisturize.

Save the junk


If instead of completely removing the color, you prefer to keep it, there is a catch. It is given to us by the Nails and the City chain of salons (also through Treatwell):

It is best to gently file the surface to level the growth and apply a similar or darker coat of enamel from the nail growth to hide the difference “

And what happens next to the nail?


After removing the gel or semi-permanent polish, the nails may be weakened. It is time to pamper them to the fullest. If it is really brittle, the solution is to cut the broken nail flush and cover it with tape. “This way, you won’t get hooked on anything and it won’t get worse. In a few days, the nail will grow and stop hurting ”, point out the Treatwell experts.

And of course, the mantra is hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Put on hand cream more than ever. Not only because the hands are dry from so much washing, but because the nails also need hydration and nutrition.

You can use cream or oils. What you like the most, but with perseverance and applying massage to the nails and the skin around and on top.

 

Are we putting on a mask beyond our means?

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We alerts you to the dangers of overmasking

Can one overdo a good thing and turn it into bad? Surely. Our grandmothers already said it: Little likes and much tires. The virtue of moderation or how to know where the middle ground is helps a lot to take care of yourself.

Not only in matters of nutrition and physical exercise , but also with regard to poting. The #Istayathome

moment has desperately launched us into beauty rituals for which we never found time before . In addition to making bread, yoga and direct on Instagram, Spanish women are putting on beauty masks.

Above our means? Most likely.

Taking care of your skin excessively can stress it out. That’s how it is. In fact, experts warn: if the skin is not well cleaned before applying the mask, it can cause a dilation of the pores, without going any further.

Consequences of putting more masks than necessary:


If they are masks with acids, peeling effect, whitening or astringent for oily skin, they can irritate if they are abused


If they are one of those that are impregnated in fabric, be careful. When you notice that it has dried, take it off. If it is attached to the skin and it no longer finds hydration in the tissue, it begins to absorb that of the corneal layer itself, creating further dehydration.


Not by leaving the mask exposed for longer, it has a better effect. Unlike. 10-15 minutes is usually sufficient. For example, a mask for oily skin that is left too long can cause a rebound effect of the sebaceous glands, which start to make more oil.


Although Korean women defend the use of a mask almost daily, dermatologists think it is exaggerated. Especially if your skin is sensitive or reactive.

Normally, the manufacturer indicates the frequency of use of the masks. Using them above that guideline is a mistake.


“One exception is night masks, which can be left on for eight hours of sleep. For that, make sure that yours belongs to that category ”.

DIY cosmetics, yes or no?

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We respond and tells us about the dangers that homemade masks pose to the skin

We said last week that maybe we are using beauty masks beyond our possibilities. Maybe yes and that, far from benefiting our skin, we are harming it.

Now, overmasking isn’t the only potentially skin-damaging fad. Skincare experts also advise against making masks at home, something that we are seeing a lot in networks, before and after #yomequedoencasa.

Homemade masks. DIY cosmetics (“do it yourself” or “do it yourself”). Yes, you know: ointments based on egg white, papaya, cucumbers, yogurt … Although our grandmothers defended these concoctions and attributed beauty properties similar or similar to those of store cosmetics, today we know that this does not it is so.

We want to give a voice to those who know the most about cosmetic formulation because we wonder if this desire to play at being a cosmetologist, coupled with an alleged desire to save, can lead us to damage the skin if we use homemade masks.

Do not trust what you read on the Internet. Listen to those who know the most. Bella Hurtado (Aromatherapy Associates education director), Raquel González (Perricone MD education director), Elisabeth San Gregorio (Medik8 technical director), Valeria Navarro (Boutijour technical director), and Estefanía Nieto (Omorovicza technical director) give their point of view.

The reasons why masks should not be made at home are these:

Reason 1: Fruit and vegetable rust


A mask is not a smoothie or a gazpacho. “Fruits and vegetables tend to oxidize easily. We see it with an apple if we leave it exposed to the air for a few minutes. Thus, ingredients that can be antioxidants can become pro-oxidants ”, explains Bella Hurtado.

As an expert, she argues that laboratories treat these ingredients to prevent them from oxidizing and, in fact, they work with active ingredients treated in the laboratory and with reformulated extracts (often synthesized).

Reason 2: They are not stable principles


Just because a well-made vitamin C serum helps lighten your skin, it doesn’t mean that orange does the same. Misused vitamin C can irritate the skin or cause blemishes. Raquel González explains: “To avoid this, we work with formulations in which vitamin C is stabilized. It is not usual to work with ascorbic acid – pure vitamin C – as such, but with stable forms such as tetraexyldecyl ascorbate or ethylated ascorbic acid.

If we apply lemon juice to a mask, for example, we will surely irritate the skin and generate long-term spots, because it is not a stable principle and will vary depending on the light, air, etc., producing the opposite effect to the desired ”.

Reason 3: Failure to drive


Those who formulate creams, serums, and masks already know that having a good asset is just as important as having a good vehicle delivery system. That is, a cosmetic is more or less effective depending on the encapsulation system in which the ingredient is introduced.

“The active principles are not usually released on the skin just like that. A good formulation requires that the active be encapsulated, usually in polymers that direct the principle and deliver it to the cells ”, explains Elisabeth San Gregorio.

Reason 4: Scrubs can be harmful


Forget the coffee or sugar bean scrub. “In the mechanical exfoliants sold in stores, the exfoliating particles have been perfectly spherified in the laboratory to avoid irritation”, explains Valeria Navarro. Salt and sugar particles or ground bone, for example, have edges that can create micro dermabrasions or wounds.

In any case, the most sensitive skins should not undergo mechanical exfoliation, either from a store or made at home. “Better to use chemical or enzymatic peels. They will be just as effective but gentler on the skin and will prevent possible cellular inflammation that, in the long run, can even accelerate the aging process of the tissue ”, points out Raquel González.

Reason 5: What about the bioavailability of the principles?


You may be wondering, to begin with, what is bioavailability? Well, in the words of Estefanía Nieto, “it is the acceptance that the skin has to receive different principles. There are assets that can be super beneficial for the skin, but if it does not assimilate them easily … They are useless.

It happens with minerals, for example, which are assimilated to a certain extent. When they become bioavailable, the skin understands them as related ingredients and accepts them, allowing them to be more effective ”. That will never happen by passing a stone across your face.

The solar filter inside the house?

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We responds

A few days ago we talked about the possible vitamin D deficiency that your body can suffer while you are out of the sun and we recommended taking it with the window open for a few minutes each day.

We did not say at the time that, although to fix the vitamin D it is necessary to open the window, that does not mean that the glass does not filter rays.

In fact, it lets them pass. At least, if not all, a high percentage of them. Specifically, ultraviolet rays A.

Work glued to a window


Unlike UVB, which is responsible for sunburn, the sun’s UVA rays tan, reach deep levels in the dermis, and can deteriorate collagen and elastin. They are the big culprits of pigment spots on the skin. In general, from photoaging. Ultimately, if there is cell damage, from skin cancer.

When you put on cream with sun protection, even if you are not going to go out, make sure it is broad-spectrum, that is, it protects from UVB and UVA rays. It is known because on the bottle there is a stamp in the shape of a circle with the word UVA inside.

Reapply the filter


“For everyday use, when we go to the office, it is advisable to apply sunscreen after facial care treatment and before makeup. In this case – and as long as we are not a particularly sensitive phototype and we are not going to be in direct exposure to the sun throughout the day – reapplication would not be necessary ”, says Ana Gallego, pharmacist, and creator of Sileä.

The problem comes if you are all day in front of a window through which the sun enters (lucky you).

Sunscreens lose effectiveness after three hours or after sweating or bathing, so if you’re going to be in front of a window all day, don’t forget to reapply the cream. If you want, there are some products that can be used on top of makeup and are perfect for these reapplications.

Blue light


Although there is no consensus in the scientific community on how to protect against it, many dermatologists are already talking about the need to protect against visible light (blue light) that screens emit.

Given the number of hours we spend exposed to them, it should be taken into account.

In confinement, even if we do not go out on the street and, therefore, we do not expose ourselves so much to the ultraviolet and infrared light than the sun emits, we spend more hours at home, many times in front of a screen: working, consulting the news in networks social, watching television, even exercising following a table on YouTube, or watching our friends or family through Zoom or Teams.

Heliocare warns us: If on average we spent almost 11 hours a day in front of screens that emit blue light, with the quarantine this figure has increased. Records have been broken in television consumption and also in Internet use.

Blue light affects eye health and causes mental exhaustion.

“In addition, this artificial blue light, emitted by digital devices, penetrates to the deepest layers of the skin, causing skin cell damage and accelerating photoaging of the skin. The only way to combat these harmful effects is to deal with this radiation using a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily ”, the Spanish firm recommends.

Those who do not agree with the theory of protecting with sunscreens for use, recommend, of course, giving the skin antioxidants in serums and creams for daily use. Vitamin C, resveratrol, and ferulic acid are the gold standard for antioxidant ingredients.

Does being in quarantine give me pimples?

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We clarifies the relationship between acne and emotional stress

Dermatologists tell us that many young people and middle-aged women are noticing that, since confinement, they are getting more pimples.

Stress can be the main cause of these acne breakouts that are emerging in relation to the quarantine state. This is stated by Dr Elena Martínez Lorenzo, a dermatologist at the Pilar de Frutos Clinic, who specifies:

“Stress works by modifying the immune system, decreasing its activity and activating other pathways that stimulate inflammation, as well as the production of adrenaline and corticosteroids, which is what causes changes to appear in the skin.”

In addition, the state of alarm forces us to be at home: “Dry and hotter environments can serve as a trigger for acne rosacea outbreaks. The skin can become more easily irritated and trigger acne papular and pustular lesions, ”says Dr. Martínez Lorenzo.

Why do grains come out in quarantine?


Dr Jose Luis Estebaranz, dermatologist and director of the DermoMedic clinic in Madrid, author of the book Acne Therapeutic News and cosmetic treatments (Group Medical Hall, 2018), responds profile Instagram Bioderma why more breakouts during confinement and what beauty routine is best to follow:

” We are seeing an increase in acne breakouts in people with a predisposition to it, not only young people but also middle-aged women ”(Dr José Luis Estebaranz, dermatologist)

Dr. Estebaranz helps us understand it:

The first reason is that we have made some changes in our daily routines, introducing different habits in the use of cosmetics, especially cleaning the face. We wash our faces less, it seems.

Second, we are exposed, whether we want to or not, to different emotions that cause us to secrete more hormones. They are stress hormones that influence the sebaceous glands and that can aggravate this acne.

Third, we may have changed eating habits that can influence the appearance of acne lesions in people with a greater predisposition to it.

Dr Estebaranz refers to this sudden passion for homemade sponge cake, beer and chocolate that have made their presence in the shopping cart so much increased since the confinement began and that affect acne in a very negative way. This is how he explains it in his book: it is not dairy that aggravates acne, it is skimmed dairy, to which extra sugar is added. Any diet with a high glycemic load damages acne-prone skin.

Other possible causes are related to cleaning the home:

They are not the main or direct cause, but they have to do. The pillowcases and cushions are full of mites and resting your face on them for more hours can be a source of infection and cause outbreaks. Estefanía Nieto, technical director of Omorovicza, recommends washing the covers every day or one day yes, one day not if you have very oily and acne-prone skin. “That fat is deposited on the pillows and, by leaning on them, it oxidizes, catches bacteria … If we lean on it again, these pro-infection agents will go directly to our face,” he clarifies.

The ideal routine to avoid pimples


This sum of environmental, emotional, and nutritional factors can cause a predisposed person to have an acne breakout. A good routine, either for teenagers or for middle-aged women, would be:

 

-In the morning, cleanse your face with a mild soap solution or micellar water.

-Afterwards, hydrate with a soft, fluid, non-comedogenic cream.

-Also, if you are going out to a garden, apply non-comedogenic oil-free SPF.

-At night, clean again to erase the residues that the skin secretes and apply a fluid cream that contains, for example, retinol or glycolic acid that prevents new acne appearances.

-If, in addition, we have an acneiform lesion, a papule or pustule, we can apply a topical medication prescribed by the dermatologist.

Are you waiting two hours to bathe?

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We reveal how much truth is in the famous digestion cut

It seems incredible that Google continues to argue about this: do you have to wait two hours after eating before bathing? Today we clarify it, once and for all.

“If when we are doing digestion we bathe and, for example, we swim, dive or simply play in the water, our body will have to redistribute blood flow and send more blood to those muscles that are active.

This will lead to our digestive system working with fewer resources and digestion slowing down, being able to suffer the symptoms of indigestion: heaviness, discomfort and sometimes nausea ”, explains Virtudes Roig, a pharmacist, and optician who gives every week in his Instagram @elblogdepills infographic health tips.

Based on this reality, in a recent post on her blog, this expert put the question on the table: Does the digestion cut exist, or is it an invention of the parents? “Digestion does not stop, nor is it cut off,” he reassured.

What then is the digestion cutoff?


This dreaded shock, which does exist and is not an invention of any parent wanting to take a nap on vacation, is officially known as “hydrocution”.

Hydrocution involves the sudden loss of consciousness as a result of the sudden impact with cold water.

“It is a thermal shock caused by the difference in temperature between our body and the water where we bathe,” explains Roig, who points out: “In its mildest form, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, paleness, headache, blurred vision, ringing in the ear and even loss of consciousness or syncope ”.

It is called a digestion cut (erroneously) because, as the expert maintains, it is a symptomatology that is frequently confused with indigestion.

Is hydrocution syndrome serious?


It can be. From @elblogdepills alert: In its most serious form, contact with cold water can cause vasoconstriction in the superficial circulation and a decrease in heart rate, resulting in a cardiorespiratory arrest that can lead to sudden death.

If you want to know the risk factors for this syndrome, pay attention to the infographic, whose author is @elblogdepills herself

No fear, but caution


Listening for years to doctors talk about this subject, we can conclude that digestion is a process that does not stop and that not only lasts more than two hours but can last between ten hours and two days.

And very important, just in case: hydrocution occurs if we introduce a sudden change in temperature in the body, be it cold or hot.

Conclusion: After eating, enter the water little by little, never by diving.

What is the difference between physical, chemical and biological sunscreens?

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Also known as mineral, organic and antioxidant filters

When you buy a sunscreen, the most important thing to look at is the protection factor (which must be high or very high and broad-spectrum, that is, against UVB, UVA, IR, and visible light).

Then there are aspects such as the format (cream, spray, stick, etc.) and cosmeticity. There are those who want dry touch and those who cannot live without oil.

The options in this sense are very wide and affect the price, even the age range or gender of the person who is going to use it. But they are nothing more than usage preferences.

The least you should care about unless your skin is very sensitive or intolerant is what type of filter a cream has.

There is important mental cocoa in whether mineral filters or organic ones are better.

“Someone’s head might explode when they learn that the so-called “organic” is also called “chemical” and that the physical filters are called minerals.

Let’s start at the beginning. There are two ways to protect the skin from the sun using sun filters. Pilar Alamillo, Pharmacist Master in cosmetics and dermopharmacy, responsible for the brand selection and staff training at Skinfinity, a website with personalized and professional cosmetic advice that brings different beauty concepts from different parts of the world to Spain, easily explains the difference between them :

Inorganic, physical, or mineral filters


Before they were called physical and are also known as ” minerals ” they are ideal for children and sensitive skin. The most common are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

How they work: When UV radiation hits these molecules, they absorb ultraviolet energy, produce a series of changes in their electrons, and release radiation with a shorter wavelength (energy).

The best and the worst: They are very respectful to the skin and act by creating a physical screen. But, after application, they leave the skin a bit whitish and, in general, are heavier textures.

Organic, chemical filters


They used to be called “chemicals”, they are carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen molecules and there is a great variety: Avobenzone, Oxybenzone, Octocrylene, Tinosorb S, Tinosorb M.

They have better cosmeticity, they spread better and they do not leave a whitish appearance.

How they work: When UV radiation hits them, the molecule absorbs UV radiation and transforms it into heat. They are not a physical shield but act by chemical reaction.

The best and the worst: They do not leave white marks and, therefore, their cosmetic acceptance is better. Although children and very sensitive skin react to them and should not use them.

Biological filters


There would be a third form of sunscreen that, although it does not block the action of the rays, also does its part in protecting the skin.

From Cantabria Labs they explain:

“Biological filters are in charge of helping to stop the incidence of solar radiation on the skin, reducing its penetration and, therefore, helping to stop its harmful effects.

The need to have this type of filter is that solar radiation, in addition to generating direct damage to our cells, also causes the release of a large number of free radicals, which, in turn, react with different structures of our body, altering them and generating damage.

This is where biological filters come in, which are restorative and antioxidant substances for the skin, mostly obtained from plants. Its incorporation into sunscreens has been seen to increase their efficacy and safety, improving the natural antioxidant protection of our skin and helping to repair sun damage.

To be considered filters, they must be antioxidants that have demonstrated photoprotective efficacy. Among the best known, with demonstrated photoprotective efficacy, we find Polypodium leucotomos, vitamins C and E, green tea, astaxanthin, genistein, and silymarin, among others.

Why do we love buying cosmetics at the pharmacy?

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Dermocosmetics is on the rise and expert skincare pharmacists are the new influencers

If you are fond of social networks and cosmetics, it will not escape you that pharmacists are increasingly influential on Instagram. Rocío Escalante, Gema Herrerías, Marta Masi, Esther Sansi, Felipe Martin de Galileo61, Paz Arnau Ferragut …

From their accounts, they deny myths, help create routines, recommend beauty gestures, solve doubts.

Right now, the pharmacy and parapharmacy is a paradise for those of us who like cosmetics. Traditionally, pharmacies dealt only with skin and hair pathology. What the dermatologist prescribed, you found there. Currently, it has nothing to do with it.

The rise of dermo-cosmetics

The dermopharmacy sector has taken a good chunk of the cosmetic sales pie. In Spain, but also in France, where they have always had great appeal, and in the United Kingdom, where there is a great tradition of parapharmacy.

When you go to the pharmacy to buy, you want to find trust, credibility, advice. Now, to that is added the great appeal of the shopping experience, with personalized diagnostics, workshops, etc.

Is COVID spread through cosmetics?

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That the coronavirus sticks to makeup is one of the hoaxes that should be denied

There are many hoaxes that have run on WhatsApp since the confinement began. Many of them are directly absurd but others come from misinterpreting messages that are generated to communicate between health workers, who know how to read between the lines.

A good example of this is the fear aroused by a video recorded by a doctor who, probably addressing her fellow nurses and assistants, recommended that they not wear makeup.

He argued that the face is a surface where some virus droplets can fall from the mouth or nose, which can then go to the eyes, nose, or mouth after touching the face.

The message wanted to say that, since hand hygiene is non-negotiable at the moment (much more so for those in contact with infected people), the face must also remain clean.

“If you wear makeup, this complicates cleaning, if you have to do it several times a day or every time you take off or put on your PPE ”.

This message, which was aimed at very specific people, went viral on WhatsApp and led to a hasty and false conclusion. It began to be said that the coronavirus was spread through makeup. Well, yes and no. It is true that it can be spread if an infected person shares a mask, lipstick, or an eye pencil or brush. But not because of the virus sticks, but because it travels from one face to another. And not to the skin, but to the mucous membranes.

Does the coronavirus stick to makeup?


On the other hand, that the coronavirus spread more in people who wear makeup is radically false.

Dr. Ana Molina, a dermatologist at the Hospital Fundación Jiménez Díaz helps us to understand:

“There is no scientific evidence that says that the virus sticks more to the skin from the use of cosmetic products, whether they are creams, makeup, or nail polish.

Viruses outside our body do not reproduce, nor do they feed on creams.

It is true that healthcare personnel are not recommended to wear makeup so as not to interfere with facial cleansing and the use of PPE, but people at home can continue to use it.

What’s more, wearing makeup can even help us touch our faces less.

What is important is to maintain good hygiene of makeup brushes, apply it with clean hands, use airless containers better than open jars, etc ”.