No other profession exposes the skin to so many toxic chemicals as nursing. Our skin is exposed to medical gases, radiation and body secretions to name a few. Despite the use of personal protective devices and meticulous hand washing, our skin, the body's first line of defense is continually compromised.
This is compounded by the many stressors of nursing. Being constantly stressed, skipping breaks and lunch, 12 hour shifts, an inability to mentally separate from work on days off, problem sleeping and lack of hydration all stressors that negatively impact the skin.
Let's face it, the skin reflects what goes on inside. Yet most of us nurses pay little attention to personal skin care. Do you have a daily, weekly and monthly skincare routine? If you do, please share it with us.
Corinthia Loblack, MSN, NP-C, CHC, FS
Aesthetic Nurse Specialist/Weightloss Coach
I generally don't wear makeup, only occasionally, less than 1x month. I wash with warm washcloth/H2O each night-no soap, put on oil of olay SPF 15 each morning. If I wear makeup, I use cold cream to remove. I'm 50 but can easily pass for late 30s, early 40s. I try to maintain good diet and adequate hydration (with both, sometimes easier said than done). Rest is an issue, as perimenopausal issues work their magic in the middle of the night, think-night sweats, hot flashes, and insomnia. To me, sunscreen and diet/hydration are key. No special lotions or potions.
Mrs Baloney here.
I only wear a tiny bit of makeup if the situation demands it and they only mascara, a tiny bit of eye liner, blush, and lip gloss.
I wash my face with dove soap once per day and just rinse with water other times.
I have used Oil of Olay everyday since my 20s. I wear hats and avoid sunbathing.
I am 62 and retired, I sleep as much as I want.
I drink water, coffee, and beer everyday in quantities that make me happy.
I had a facial and manicure on my wedding day 39 years ago. I am not a woman that requires that level of retail maintenance even though I have held positions which required public and professional leadership and speaking.