Pandemic update: Hawaii got it right mitigating the spread of COVID-19. We are one of the first few states that shut down early at the onset of pandemic. We also tested more people compared to other states and while it was difficult in the beginning, we were the least hit, after Montana, in terms of cases per capita. Majority of the cases here were linked to travel, hence the 14-day travel quarantine was enforced. The penalty is hefty at $5000, prison time and immediate repatriation. As of this writing, stats are promising: 90% recovery, 46 active cases (10 are out-of-state but counted as in-state which is absurd so technically only 36), there were days with 0 new case and death toll stagnant at 17 for the past 3 weeks. If you look at the graph, there’s no denying that Hawaii has flattened the curve. While the “safer at home” mandate was extended until June 30, most businesses have reopened here with strict protocols in place. There was a pressure to balance the safety and economy; close to 300,000 people here filed for unemployment so the tension was high. Hawaii’s standard of living is one of the most expensive in the country so the government had to make tough decisions. In the words of Mayor Caldwell “Restore Honolulu”. What about if there’s outbreak? with the rate we are going, the hospital system here will be able to handle per report of lieutenant governor Josh Green who is a medical doctor. His report on hospital ICU capacity and ventilator utilization is reassuring (under-utilized!). So if you look at the bigger picture, Hawaii is indeed ready to reopen after being on lockdown for 8 weeks.
Work update: Elective non-emergency medical procedure is on the list of businesses that can reopen. With strict protocol in place, I started seeing patients again last May 11 but very limited as I ease into this new normal. I started with procedures that are fast and don’t require patients to take off masks as much as possible. I also have to wear PPE and let me tell you, it’s difficult looking through the face shield especially when I do precise injections which require great vision and focus. Aside from deep sanitizing in between patients, I spaced out appointments so I can remove the mask and breathe normally. Hats off to my fellow RNs and healthcare professionals who wear N95 and full on PPE their entire hospital shift, I know it’s not easy! I had headache the first day.
Look update: Which brings me to my next point, I had to resort to not wearing any makeup at all on weekdays at work. Not even tinted moisturizer for the life of me. I switched my look to au naturale: untinted moisturizer, untinted sunscreen and no-color lip serum. Sometimes I’d wear eyeshadow so I feel normal. Hence, I refocused my effort on how not to break out or develop irritation from wearing mask. But simple is good! In fact, I was able to control the zit which formed the day after I started working. My skin is doing great despite not getting professional facials the past 2 months. Curious what’s on my face Monday to Friday?
To keep my face moisturized, I use this Luminous Night Cream from Andalou. I know, night cream for day time? guys, it’s plain marketing, you can use any moisturizer depending on your skin type. I’ve used morning and night creams interchangeably and while some night creams are thicker in consistency, you can use it daytime too especially if you have dry and aging skin.
Next step is un-tinted sunscreen by Andalou, it’s a beauty balm so technically a moisturizer with added SPF 30. It’s a physical sunscreen (zinc oxide 20%) so blending is required to reduce the appearance of white cast. It’s not the best sunscreen out there but I’m fine by it. Even with mask on, it has become a habit for me to wear sunscreen 24/7.
I’m a lipstick junkie but even that one has to go because what’s the use anyway? I don’t want my mask get stained. But lip moisturization is equally important so I use this lip serum from Inika Organics. It has jojoba and rosehip oil. It’s lightweight and does not feel sticky at all.
By mid-day or whenever I feel like my skin feels dry, I spritz on Derma E Skin Beneficial Mist. This particular variant has rosemary, lemon sage and eucalyptus essential oil infused in coconut and rose water.
You know what else has changed? I am wearing more colors now as far as outfits are concerned. You know I breathe black but given some limitations at work, I feel like I can still express my personality behind the mask. That I am fun, friendly and warm even if you don’t see my face. And when it’s time to release the hair bun, your mama’s waves are out to say hello, how have you been?
What modifications, if there are any, have you introduced to your routine/work?