How to keep your skin healthy while you're stuck at home

  • Staying home is the best way to combat the spread of the coronavirus, but remaining indoors for extended periods of time could lead to skin damage. 
  • Dr. Kathleen Suozzi, an assistant professor of dermatology at the Yale School of Medicine, and Dr. Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, told Insider what people need to watch out for when it comes to skin care in the coming months.
  • Zeichner warned that you should still be wearing products with SPF inside and that too much screen time can cause aging.
  • On the other hand, Suozzi encouraged people to think of quarantine or self-isolation as a time to give your skin a "vacation" from the things that harm it in everyday life.
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Many people are self-isolating or quarantining because of the coronavirus, meaning they're not going outside much at all. 

And even if you're just practicing social distancing, it's likely you're spending a lot less time outdoors.

Although they're in the best interest of public health, all of these practices can lead to unintended skin damage if not cared for properly. 

One of the biggest skin issues you might run into during this time is dryness

You've probably already been dealing with dry hands as a result of washing them more frequently, but that dryness could impact the skin on your face as well.

"Over-washing your hands can lead to disruption of the outer skin layer, with dryness and irritation," Dr. Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, told Insider.

"Make sure to use a moisturizer on your hands regularly after washing"

Your skin might be dry during this time.

Dr. Kathleen Suozzi, an assistant professor of dermatology at the Yale School of Medicine, noted that it's important to apply that moisturizer when your hands are still damp. 

"The cream traps in that moisture rather than letting it fully evaporate," she told Insider. She said you can increase the effectiveness of a lotion or cream by sealing it in as well.

"If you have cotton gloves at home, you apply that moisturizer and put those cotton gloves over it. It's really going to help."

Suozzi noted that the skin on your face might also get dry while you're at home.

Because it's still cold outside in many places, you likely have the heat on at home, and that artificial, dry air can dry out your skin.

"One thing I'd recommend for that is treatments to help skin hydration," Suozzi said of combating facial dryness.

Both Suozzi and Zeichner recommended using products with hyaluronic acid in them, as it's known to promote moisture. You can find sheet masks and creams with the ingredient in them. 

But Zeichner warned against using sheet masks more than once per week, as overuse can lead to irritation.

Keep in mind that it's important to use products with SPF in them even when you aren't leaving the house

You might think you can skip your SPF routine because you aren't going outside where the sun is right now, but it turns out, the sun's rays can impact you even when you're indoors.

"Being inside doesn't mean that you are off the hook for wearing sunscreen," Zeichner told Insider.

"In fact, UVA light can penetrate right through window glass, which means that you still are at risk for premature aging and even skin cancers."

You still have to wear SPF indoors.

Suozzi echoed Zeichner, saying UVB rays can also go through glass, which can cause aging of the skin.

You should be applying a mineral-based SPF product when you're at home to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun. 

Zeichner encouraged people to get sun exposure right now when they can as long as they're being safe about it.

"Lack of exposure to sunlight has been associated with issues like seasonal affective disorder," he said.

"Plus, our bodies do need UV light exposure, be it in minimal amounts, to naturally produce vitamin D levels. If you are going to stand by the window, just make sure you are properly sun protected."

You might also consider taking a vitamin D supplement to boost your levels at this time, but you should talk to your doctor before bringing any new product into your routine.

Using your devices more during this period might harm your skin 

Too much screen time can hurt your skin.
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"We know that your devices emit blue light, also known as high energy visible (HEV) light," Zeichner told Insider.

"This type of light has been shown to have harmful effects on the skin, promoting premature aging and dark spots."

Likewise, the physical act of looking down at your phone could hurt you as well.

"Bending your head down means folding up the skin on your neck, leading to early wrinkling," he said. "This is commonly referred to as 'tech neck.'"

Make sure you're taking breaks from looking at screens, and think consciously about how often you're bending your neck.

Try your best not to touch your face

Touching your face with unwashed hands is one of the easiest ways to spread the coronavirus, but that's not the only reason you should try to keep your fingers away from your face.

"This stressful environment may promote acne breakouts, but do your best not to pick your face," Zeichner said, as picking can cause scarring or further inflammation. 

There's no sure-fire way to kick your face touching habit, but Suozzi said that avoiding your contact lenses can help if you typically wear them.

"If you are a contact lens wearer, when you're at home during this period, you can switch to wearing your eyeglasses because you're kind of keeping your eyes protected and not touching your face as much during the day," she said.

But she also noted that it's still safe to wear contacts if you're more comfortable in them.

Try to think of the time at home as a vacation for your skin

Suozzi noted that many people have "over-processed" skin as a result of their daily routines.

Wearing and removing makeup, as well as applying an excessive amount of products to your face can lead to problems.

Use this time to really take care of your skin.
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"Now that we're going to be indoors, we can kind of strip some of that back and simplify the regimen," she said.

"Give your skin what I call a product holiday, where you strip it down to a gentler, simpler routine."

Simply not wearing makeup can make a huge difference in your skin's health.

"It's also a good time to think about correction. When our lives are busy, we forget to stick to a regimen every day," she said, noting that most of her patients who suffer from acne see recurring issues because they don't stick to the routines she recommends.

"Spend the two weeks you're inside really applying these treatments as indicated and trying to maximize correction while you're inside and have the time to focus on it."

You can read more about how people are changing their skin-care routines because of the coronavirus here.

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Mum’s heartbreaking coronavirus warning as baby son ‘hospitalised with killer bug’ – The Sun

A MUM has issued a harrowing coronavirus warning to stay indoors after claiming her baby son was struck down with the killer virus.

Katie Price posted a series of devastating pictures of son Hudson in hospital on Facebook as cases in the UK continue to rise.

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The mum urged Brits to follow government advice and not leave the house unless absolutely necessary in order to curb the spread of the deadly disease.

She wrote: "I can't believe it, for everyone that isn't isolating then think twice!! Our baby boy has been diagnosed not with just an infection going through his body but also coronavirus!! I have had to sit next to his cot and watch him go through the absolute worst!!

"People need to start staying in and realising that this is really happening."

Katie, from Monmouthshire, Wales, said little Hudson appears to be on the mend alongside the heartbreaking snaps of him in a cot in hospital.

She added: "He is the first baby to be confirmed at Nevill Hall, I'm an absolute wreck and feel sick with worry!!

"We are currently still in Hospital, Hudson is doing better than expected thankfully!!! We can't wait to be home with daddy but right now we are in the best place. I can't wait to have our naughty Norman back to his naughty self."

Her Facebook post has now been shared more than 5,000 times and liked by more than 3,000 people wishing the youngster a speedy recovery.

Katie is not the only mum who has begged the public to listen to Boris Johnson's drastic lockdown measures.

Yesterday, mum-to-be Karen Mannering told how she was "fighting for my baby's life" from a hospital bed in Kent.

The heavily pregnant 39-year-old could be heard struggling to breathe as she revealed she has pneumonia in both lungs.

She said: "It's not worth going out.

"I'm telling you now, if you're going to see your friends for a stupid beer on the sea wall because the weather's nice, you're going to take this home and you're going to kill someone; one of your family members.

"Stop going out, and listen to Boris. Stop going out. It's not worth it."

While Lauren Fulbrook, 30, has also warned Brits to take the killer virus seriously after claiming her son had coronavirus.

The mum told of her panic as she rushed her five-year-old son to hospital when his temperature spiked.

The carer took to Facebook to speak out and urge parents to "stop brushing it [coronavirus] under the carpet".


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It comes as police today launched coronavirus checkpoints to spot-check drivers in a desperate bid to stop non-essential travel.

Cops across the UK have been asking drivers where they are going and why they are going there.

They have also been handed new powers to fine Brits up to £1000 for breaking rules for being outside their homes from today.

It comes as the UK death toll from coronavirus hit 477 after 12 more people died in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland today.

The Government said it expects 10,000 coronavirus tests per day to be carried out by the end of this week – despite testing just 6,643 on Wednesday.

They include the Prince of Wales, who is self-isolating in Scotland after testing positive with what Clarence House described as "mild symptoms".

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Christopher Meloni, 58, Shows Off Insane Six-Pack As He Poses In His ‘Quarantine Kilt’: See Pic

What better way to pass the time while social distancing than by staring at Christopher Meloni’s abs? The ‘SVU’ star was thoughtful enough to share two pics with his fans, wearing nothing but his ‘quarantine kilt!’

Christopher Meloni is giving the people what they want — nay, need — during these trying times. The 58-year-old looks just as incredible as he did during his days of playing Detective Elliot Stabler on Law and Order: SVU. It’s been nine years since the actor last stepped foot into the SVU squad room, but he’s still in fighting shape. He showed off his chiseled abs on Twitter after a fan asked him politely for a selfie to get them through the stay-at-home order. Christopher complied on March 23, sharing two photos of himself wearing what he calls his “quarantine kilt.”

In the first photo, the Happy! star is only wearing the kilt and socks while standing in a hotel room. That six-pack is obviously the focus of this piece of art. In the second pic, he’s wearing a frilly blouse tucked into the kilt, and a pair of red tinted sunglasses. He cheekily captioned the photoset, “With glasses or without?” He knows what he’s doing. Christopher got plenty of adoring responses to his tweet (which you can see below) immediately after posting. “I could go either way but more importantly what’s your work out reggie?” his friend and Wet Hot American Summer co-star, Ken Marino tweeted.

“GREAT i just got PREGNANT,” one fan wrote. “Without the kilt,” another fan helpfully suggested. “Oohhh, you asked about the glasses, my bad.” No response from Mariska Hargitay yet, unfortunately.

Christopher gave fans another glimpse at his… anatomy… while filming Happy! in 2018. The actor was walking around New York City pantsless, giving the street a complete look at his butt! What a time to be alive.

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Man who said he had coronavirus ‘laughed and deliberately coughed in elderly victim’s face at seniors shopping hour’ – The Sun

A MAN who said he had coronavirus laughed and deliberately coughed in an elderly victim's face during seniors-only shopping hour, according to police.

Daniel Tabussi, 57, approached the elderly man at a Karns grocery store on March 20 in North Middleton, Pennsylvania.

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The shocked elderly citizen, who is currently recovering from pneumonia, was in supermarket during the seniors-only hour.

Police say that Tabussi, from Carlisle, Pennsylvania, deliberately coughed next to the man while laughing and mocking his protective mask.

Tabussi repeatedly told the victim that he had the coronavirus.

Police say the man now faces multiple charges that include terroristic threats, simple assault, disorderly conduct, and harassment.

The shocking news comes after teenagers in Virginia were filmed coughing on produce in grocery stores and posting footage of it on social media.

The elderly are especially at risk from the coronavirus, as are those with underlying health conditions.

In the UK, all those over the age of 70 have been advised to isolate for 12 weeks and avoid all social contact to reduce the risk of infection.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the elderly and people with severe medical conditions such as heart, lung or kidney disease to “stay home as much as possible” and avoid crowds.

It urged those people to “take actions to reduce your risk of exposure.”

Infections are continuing to spread in the US, with over 46,000 cases confirmed and 593 deaths.

President Trump has signed a $8.3billion emergency spending bill to combat the spread of coronavirus and develop vaccines for the highly contagious disease.

The US Department of Health and Human Services will provide financial aid to Hologic Inc to develop a coronavirus diagnostic kit that would be able to process up to 1,000 tests in 24 hours.

Dr. Fauci, part of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said: “If you’re a person with an underlying condition and you are particularly an elderly person with an underlying condition, you need to think twice about getting on a plane, on a long trip, and not only think twice, just don’t get on a cruise ship.”

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Piers Morgan blames coronavirus pandemic on women as he reveals ‘zero tolerance’ kit set up by daughter, 8 – The Sun

Piers Morgan has joked that the Coronavirus pandemic was created by women, sharing a meme that claimed the shut down was affecting men's favourite activities.

The Good Morning Britain host joked it "made perfect sense" as he shared the meme which read: "I've worked out the Coronavirus!! It's been created by women!!"

It continued: "Think about it lads… 1 – No sports. 2 – All pubs to shut. 3 – 14 days quarantine (so you can finally get those odd jobs done).

"4 – Symptoms of corona are flu-like… they know that's our kryponite. 5 – They even had the audacity to name it after a beer."

The 54-year-old also revealed that his eight-year-old daughter Elise had set up a "zero tolerance strategy" in their home, the likes of which "our Government should be deploying".

Outside his home office, the young girl had placed two signs and a big pack of Dettol wipes, asking her father to ensure he wiped his hands and phone before entering.

A second sign reminded everyone to wash their hands right now and the little entrepreneur even left a tip jar for those feeling generous.

As British schools are finally closed from Friday, Piers and Elise also revealed their snacks for the weeks ahead had arrived, as he showed off a bumper pack of McVitie's Digestives.

On Wednesday Piers and GMB co-host Ranvir Singh were forced to sit apart as the show took precautionary measures amid the coronavirus crisis.

The stars also revealed the GMB studio was down to a skeleton crew to maintain the safety of staff while keeping the show on air.

Admitting things on set looked different, Piers spoke as a camera shot showed a bare studio.

He said: "Ranvir, no offence, we're being separated here on health grounds.

"Ranvir said 'I'll only co-host with him if you put up a metre-long barrier.'"

Piers added that the studio usually had 20-30 people in it but had been reduced to a "tiny number".

Yesterday Piers joked Susanna Reid is trying to avoid him as she self-isolates from GMB amid the coronavirus crisis.

And she was back on again this morning via video link, telling her colleagues she needed the routine.

Susanna previously announced she would be staying at home for 14 days after her son came down with a persistent cough.

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‘Empire’, ‘Pose’, ‘Queen Of the South’, ‘The Resident’ & ‘American Housewife’ Shut Down Over Coronavirus

Several more series produced by Disney Television Studios have suspended production as the coronavirus health crises deepens, and that includes the final season of Empire. 

As of Saturday, March 14, stopping production are Fox dramas Empire and The Resident, produced by DTS’ 20th Century Fox TV; FX’s Pose, from DTS’ Fox 21; USA Network’s Queen Of the South, also from Fox 21; and ABC comedy American Housewife, from DTS’ ABC Studios. They join Grey’s Anatomy (ABC/ABC Studios) and Genius: Aretha (Nat Geo/Fox 21), which were shut down Friday.

A number of DTS series, including 20th TV’s 9-1-1 and Modern Family and ABC Studios‘ black-ish, already had wrapped their seasons.

Cable series have more flexibility, and neither Pose nor Queen of the South‘s season in production have launched on TV. But broadcast series are on a tight production schedule as they film new episodes as the current seasons are already airing.

Finishing a season is important for fans who have invested a lot of time following their favorite series, especially for dramas with continuous storytelling. I hear the hope is for Empire and The Resident to go back and complete production when possible.

Empire only had a couple of weeks left to wrap its final season. The sprawling hip-hop family drama has been building toward a series finale, which has not been shot yet.

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Death toll from coronavirus in Italy jumps by almost 100 in a day

The number of people who have died with coronavirus in Italy has jumped by almost 100 people, from 366 yesterday to 463 today.

The total number of cases in Italy has gone up to 9,172 from 7,375 meaning the nation now has the largest amount of infected people outside of China.

This is a slower rate of increase than registered the day before.

The country’s Civil Protection Agency said that, of those originally infected, 724 had fully recovered, compared to 622 the day before.

Some 733 people were in intensive care against a previous 650.

It comes as the Italian government announced around 16 million people in the north would be quarantined in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus,

Six inmates have died in an Italian jail after riots broke out over visitation bans introduced amid the coronavirus lockdown, according to local reports.

The prisoners broke into the infirmary at a prison in Modena, near Bologna, during the chaos and overdosed on methadone, Italian officials confirmed.

Family visits have been restricted under an emergency law after the government placed 16 million residents under quarantine in the north of the country.

The move sparked revolt in a Modena prison by inmates who were angry they wouldn’t be able to see their loved ones.

More follows.

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Yungblud Forced to Axe Asian Tour Due to Coronavirus Spread

The ’11 Minutes’ singer follows in the footsteps of Green Day, Mariah Carey, Slipknot, BTS and Avril Lavigne in canceling tour dates amid fears surrounding the deadly flu.

AceShowbiz -Rapper YUNGBLUD has cancelled his tour of Asia due to the spread of the coronavirus.

The British star, real name Dominic Harrison, had been scheduled to kick off the trek in South Korea next week (begins March 09), with consequent stops in Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Singapore.

However, he took to Instagram to break the news to fans that the fears about the wide and fast spread of the disease has led to him axeing the tour.

“At first I was going to say, ‘F**k it’ and come, but we have been advised again to seriously not,” he said on his Instagram Stories. “I just wanted to send a message just to say I’m really thinking about you all a lot and I want to send all my love and I hope everyone is safe, and I hope everyone is trying to be as positive as they can.”

YUNGBLUD follows in the footsteps of stars including Green Day, Mariah Carey, Slipknot, BTS (Bangtan Boys), and Avril Lavigne by cancelling tour dates amid fears surrounding the coronavirus.

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