How to help those that help everyone else? By reminding them that they have some responsibilities to themselves too!
This blog is dedicated to the doctors of the world who spend days and nights in caring for their patients, but in the process ignore their skin. You rush out of family dinners, holidays, movie theatres… all because you get an emergency call. In such a fast-paced lifestyle, how to take care of your skin consistently? Here’s a guide — skincare for busy doctors.
1. Keep a Handy Sunscreen in Your Bag
If you are a doctor, our suggestion is — don’t buy a big bottle of sunscreen. Instead, always opt for a travel-size tube. This way, even when you are running late or rushing out for an emergency, you will always have your sunscreen in your bag. Furthermore, make it a ritual to start your car only after you have applied your sunscreen. You won’t forget to apply it then!
Without sunscreen, the UVA and UVB rays will damage your skin. As a doctor, you know better than anyone that harmful sun rays can cause pigmentation, dark spots, early aging, lines, wrinkles, and even skin cancer. So protect yourself before going to the rescue of others!
2. Invest in More Moisturisers
Another skincare tip for doctors is to invest in more moisturisers. Your skin can be dry or oily, but it needs a suitable moisturiser, especially when you are forced to work in dry and cold environments like hospitals, Operation Theatres and Diagnostic Centres. The temperatures in these places are kept low to avoid bacteria, but these temperatures end up drying your skin too. So make sure to moisturise your skin well. If you have very oily or acne-prone skin, then use a lightweight, non-comedogenic moisturiser. Also, if you are a surgeon and need to scrub clean of perfumes and fragrances, it is best to go for fragrance-free moisturisers.
3. Pack Healthy Snacks and Fruits
Skincare for busy doctors is not just the topical application of products, but also what you put inside your mouth. In this profession, the hours are crazy, and hence the food is also mostly junk and haywire. After a long day of not eating a morsel, you would forgive yourself for ordering that Chinese takeout and hogging it. But such greasy, heavy, fatty and sugary foods are not good for your skin. To combat such extreme hunger, carry boxes of snacks to work. Multigrain crackers, nuts, berries, fruits, string cheeses, carrot sticks… pack healthy stuff. It will supply your skin with nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants, as well as satisfy your hunger pangs every 3-4 hours
4. Don’t Take very Hot Showers
Every time you scrub in for major surgeries or come out of them, you may be expected to take showers. Hot water is supposed to kill microorganisms and bacteria, and sanitise you. But don’t take your showers too hot or scalding. Very hot water can strip your skin of essential oils and moisture. And after every shower, moisturise well.
5. Be Wary of Maskne
The world wore masks during the pandemic, but the doctors have been wearing them for decades now. And one drawback of wearing masks is ‘maskne.’ Maskne is the term for acne developed due to wearing face masks. This kind of acne only develops in the lower area of the face, where the mask has covered the skin, kept it from breathing, and led to clogging and inflammation of pores. As doctors, you are also in situations where you have the mask on and sweat, but can’t go out and change it in the middle of surgery. These may contribute to maskne. So beware of this, and follow a few tips:
- antimicrobial cream
- moisturise before putting the mask on
- use a face wash after you remove your mask
- cleanse well every night
- exfoliate regularly
- •6. Get Facials
Exfoliating regularly and putting on relaxing masks may be a luxury your time doesn’t permit you every week. So for doctors, it is best to pick one day a month and pamper themselves silly. A facial is the topmost on this list of pampering as it keeps your skin soft, supple, clear and glowing. The professional services rendered by a licensed aesthetician means your skin gets all the extra nourishment and massage it needs, keeping it healthy.
7. Get Permanent Makeup
When you step into surgery, you may have to scrub off all your makeup. It is anyway so time-consuming every day that you may stop applying it completely. That is why permanent makeup is a treatment perfectly suited to doctors. You can get microblading for eyebrows or permanent eyeliner for eyelids, and forget all about your makeup pouch! Even when in surgery, you can look your best.
We hope this skincare guide helped you, and that adopting these tips will make life easy for you. At Savarnas Beauty Spa, we work to make life easy for our customers and make their skin happy. You can contact us for your facial needs as well as to book any permanent makeup service. We offer a range of them — from microblading to permanent lip color, permanent eyeliner and eyelash extensions.