By now we’re all getting ourselves into the routine of remembering to bring our face coverings with us when we’re going anywhere. Something that’s was once completely strange to us has now become a part of our everyday lives, and we understand the importance of wearing a mask and protecting not only ourselves but all those around us too.
But, while we have adjusted to wearing face-coverings with relative ease, our skin can have a harder time getting used to them. Skin irritation such as dry, oily, itchy, or ‘maskne’, all depending on your skin type, are problems that can present from wearing a face mask, not to mention the added stress and upset so many of us are under also causing our skin to break out. While the act of saving someone else’s life far outweighs the slight skin irritation from wearing a mask, it can still be frustrating to deal with.
The good news, however, is that there are ways to treat it. Here are a few things to consider if you’re skin is having a small freak-out at the minute, plus ways to prevent your skin from becoming irritated in the future.
Choose The Right Mask
If you have sensitive or acne prone skin, choosing the right mask is so important in protecting your skin from any unnecessary irritation. Many dermatologists advise against wearing coverings with synthetic fibers such as polyester, spandex, or wool, which can be unbreathable for the skin. Instead it’s advisable to opt for masks made from organic materials like cotton, bamboo, or natural silk. This will reduce the likelihood of any irritation building up on your skin underneath.
Adjust Your Skincare
By now we all know that we should be cleansing twice a day, but that’s not always a reality for all of us, and that’s okay. But, if you are wearing a mask when you’re out and about it is important to try and remember to cleanse when you’re back home that evening to avoid a build up of oil and in turn, breakouts. There’s no reason to go overboard with your skincare routine, but simply using a light cleanser twice a day and toning and moisturising afterwards will help to keep your skin in good condition. If you have oily/combination skin, opting for an oil-free moistiriser and SPF will help your skin to balance it’s oil levels, while also locking in a protective layer of hydration.
Forget The Make-up
This could be good or bad news, depending on your stance on make-up. Many experts advise against wearing make-up underneath your mask, admitting that this could lead to break-outs. Of course however, this is personal preference, we’re not going to tell you if you should wear it or not, because make-up is an expression of who you are. But, if you are someone who is about that make-up free life then embrace it! Or, if you’ve been looking for an excuse to ditch the foundation then this is the perfect time. Anything heavier than a tinted moisturiser can get trapped on the skin from the mask, so just bear that in mind if you know you will be wearing your mask for an extended period.
Wash Your Mask
Now of course we know that we need to wash our masks after every use in order to kill any germs, preventing us from getting sick. But, germs aside, washing your mask after every use will protect your skin from break-outs too. Sweat and oil will build up on the mask throughout the day which can have adviser effects on the skin in that area, washing your mask after each use will not only keep you healthy but also keep your skin glowing too.
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