Is It Safe to Go to the Derma During COVID?
Two years after the first lockdown and we’re still required to maintain social distancing, wear masks, and for the most part, stay at home or in open spaces.
Because we’re dealing with a global health crisis, it’s only natural that our primary concern is the coronavirus. But that sometimes means putting our existing health issues on the backburner. What exactly does it mean for our regular trips to the derma clinic? How can we maintain healthy skin at home? We discuss all of that and more right here.
How Can I Accomplish My Regular Derma Check-Ups?
For those who need regular appointments to the derma for serious skin health concerns, it might be important to maintain regular face-to-face visits with your doctor so you can keep your skin healthy and avoid potential risks.
The protocols usually vary from clinic to clinic. Some might operate like usual while others only accept emergency visits. In this case, it’s best to contact your doctor to see which category they fall under. Often, those who are still open will be following strict safety protocols like the wearing of full-body PPE, so even with close contact, you will be in safe hands.
Can I Still Go to the Derma for Facials and Treatments?
Facials and in-clinic cosmetic treatments are a little less serious. If possible, we suggest sticking to at-home treatments and online consultations for skincare concerns.
Still, there are plenty of clinics that are open to visitors and they are all required to follow standard safety protocols. This is usually true for clinics in low-alert areas or cities where guidelines are a little more open. Again, this varies on a case-to-case basis, so it’s best to do your research first if you’re eyeing a certain spa to visit.
How to Maintain Healthy Skin During A Pandemic
We all want our skin to stay the healthiest even during difficult times like these. If you’re missing out on your regular clinic visits, here are some tips on maintaining great skin at home!
1. Book an Online Derma Appointment
Technology has proven itself to be even more useful during the pandemic. Thanks to the advent of telemedicine, healthcare professionals are now available for online consultations. Here’s a list of clinics in the Philippines that provide free online consultations.
2. Try DIY methods
No, we don’t mean squeezing lemon juice and putting it all over your face to remove blackheads. If you regularly go to the clinic for things like laser hair removal or facial treatment, why not try doing those treatments yourself? There are at-home IPL machines, acne removers, and more that you can purchase online.
3. Follow Imposed Safety Protocols
If you do need to go to the derma for an important appointment, then the best way to go about it is by following imposed safety protocols to a tee. It helps to stay aware of the latest IATF guidelines in your area so you don’t forget anything important.
Clinics are also required to abide by strict health protocols, so rest assured that you’ll be in safe hands!
4. Keep an At-Home Routine
Finally, the best way to maintain great skin is just by having a solid skincare regimen. You don’t need anything fancy: a basic routine can actually do wonders! Plus, with online shopping being a norm, you don’t even need to leave the house to stock up on all your holy grail products.
The past few years haven’t been easy. It’s completely normal to want to get back to the way things were, and that might mean itching to try out a new in-clinic treatment or returning to our favorite facial spots.
Thankfully, most clinics follow strict protocols to make sure their patients are safe within those four walls. However, with the health crisis still ongoing, we highly recommend exercising caution. If it’s something that can be done at home, do it at home! Trust us when we say your skin can still look radiant and flawless with a solid at-home regimen.
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Joey is an AB Psychology graduate of the University of St. La Salle – Bacolod. Her life’s passions include writing, film, and spending hours on end binge-watching fashion vloggers on Youtube.