Are you suffering with Maskne?

We are all having to get used to wearing facemasks when out and about now, especially if you are going to any enclosed spaces like the shops or to the doctors or on public transport, and in the uk they are expanding the areas where you need to wear masks to other areas where you will meet ‘strangers’ in an indoors environment like museums and cinemas.

Wearing a mask for a short space of time for me isn’t too bad, but I know for some people it can make you feel claustrophobic or short on oxygen. I do however have a husband and a best friend who are partially deaf, so I’ve found a novel solution for that with a mask with a clear panel.

You can even see me smile in my special lipreading mask.

But if you work in an environment where you are constantly customer facing, like my daughter who works at a local pub restaurant,or you work in healthcare, you can start to suffer with maskne, or a new outbreak of acne due to wearing a mask for long periods every day.

So how can you combat this problem and give your skin it’s best chance to remain clear and bright during this global pandemic?

Avoiding Maskne

  • Avoid harsh scrubs and thick creams and be kind and gentle on your skin. Products like the Sonya Daily Skincare range, which contain aloe gel are super kind to the skin.
  • Be sure to allow the products you use to be fully absorbed before putting on your face mask if you can.
  • When you return home and can remove the mask gently cleans your skin to remove the build up of seat and debris gently.
  • Wash your mask regularly. It’s best to use a clean mask at least each day if you are using a cloth mask, and if you need to swap masks during the day wrap your mask in a small bag when you remove it and wash carefully when you return home to prevent a build up of germs from causing more problems. The Forever Living Multi Purpose Detergent (MPD) can be used for machine washing or hand washing your masks and has the bonus of being environmentally friendly too. You only need a few drops for handwashing or half a cup per washing machine load and it is kind to your hands and your clothes.
  • Avoid wearing thick foundation under your mask if you can. A gently tinted moisturiser will mean you are less likely to block your pores and cause more problems. Concentrate on making your eyes stand out, after all that is what people will notice first when you are wearing your mask.

As a bit of fun why not show me your mask selfies on our facebook page at . I think we will be wearing masks for a long time yet so we may as well make the best of it and get used to them if we can.

Stay Safe, Aloe Aly x

How is your mood?

We are now 4 weeks into this lockdown and how is your mood?

It all started as a bit of a novelty 4 weeks ago, and with the review in 3 weeks some thought we might only be shut in for a short while – but now the news seems to say we could be locked down a lot longer than we originally thought.  Nobody really knows and the uncertainty can definitely play a part in damaging your mental health.

How are you keeping positive in these uncertain times?

I am following a few simple tips in order to keep my sanity :

  • Keep a regular routine – I am getting up and go to bed at the same time every night and keep regular meal times. Also, there’s a Virtual Pub Quiz I do weekly and exercise classes which all help me keep an element of normality and regularity in my life.
  • Keep in touch with people – I’m having regular chats with family, clients, and also people I am meeting on networking meetings.  Just to keep connected and avoid that feeling of isolation.
  • Have a divide between work and leisure – with working from home it’s really easy to just keep working into the evening, so we are dividing our working day from our relaxing evenings with a dog walk that divides the day and means I leave my desk at a sensible time.
  • Be Patient if isolating with others –  you are probably spending a lot more time with your close family than you normally would, and if you are not sleeping well due to the worry you may find tempers can flare more than usual. Stop, breathe and think before raising voices and walk away for some space if you really feel you are going to snap.
  • Be Kind – I am seeing lots of arguments on social media as the regulations we have been told are being read in different ways by different people.  Sometimes rather than posting something negative it’s better to just walk away and leave it as no-one has ever had their mind changed by a negative post on social media in my experience.
  • Remember those isolating alone – if you haven’t heard from a friend or neighbour for a while- drop them a message to see how they are.  I bet they will really appreciate it.
  • Exercise – I am going out every day as I said to take my dog Daisy for a walk – but I’m also still doing my pilates class online once a week.  there are loads of people online helping with exercise ideas – find the one that most appeals to you and do it regularly.

I love this graphic I saw on a friend’s Facebook post this week – it covers my points above plus more.

Coronavirus poster

If you feel you need more support then my friend Duncan Price from Mind Affinity has produced a coronavirus survival guide which you can download from the Mind Affinity Website for free.

If you feel you need to connect with someone during this lockdown period then please reach out and get in touch with me, even if it’s just for a chat,

Aloe Aly x

Week 3 – is anyone buying?

Right now we are just entering the 3rd week in the UK of our social isolation and distancing, for those who can work from home.  There are many people who have lost their income totally, and many others who may be on Furlough or shielding themselves or family members, or looking after the children, so they can’t go to work.

In my other business, my ‘day’ job with Silicon Bullet Ltd, I train bookkeepers and I have been super busy as everyone struggles to work out what they are entitled to from the daily government announcements, writing blog posts with practical tips on processing payroll and how to manage the grants and allowances when you claim them.  But for many people, it’s still a waiting game to know what they will be entitled to, if anything, and when they might get it.Aly Zoom Background

Remember though that in a couple of weeks time there will be people who are earning their 80% pay but they have greatly reduced their outgoings.  No daily commute to pay for, no take out coffees, no meals out or trips to the pub.  Also, the novelty of staying home will be wearing off and boredom will be setting in.  I know my daughter, at 20 , is starting to look at online shopping sites so when she gets her furlough wages from her part-time pub job she can buy a nice outfit for when she can go and see her friends again.

So don’t think that there is no-one around to buy your Forever Living products, or your home crafted items, or whatever it is that you sell.  Now is the time to use your enforced lockdown to be your most creative, learn how to use TikTok, learn what to post on Instagram and how to connect with people on LinkedIn, learn how to promote your business and build your connections with online networking on zoom. Whatever tasks you have been putting off because you never had time, now is the time to get on with them.

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Do your ‘homework’ now so you can grow your business, whatever it is, in the future when you are once again free to go out and socialise. Personally, I am also advocating the self-employed getting your tax return done and submitted now while you have admin and downtime, so when you are free to get out again you know a) how much tax you are needing to save up and b) you can concentrate on income-producing activities when you have more freedom.

So that’s one of the reasons I have returned to blogging here when I’ve not had time to love the last year, and I’m talking about how the wonderful Forever products are so kind to the skin when you need to wash your hands so often.  What ‘homework’ can you do ?

Aloe Aly