Does your skin hate masks? Mine does. Pimples. Blackheads. Rashes. Irritation. Maskne. It’s a thing. And we hate it! But let’s be real, masks are here to stay, so here’s 6 tips to help you manage and minimise the impact of mask-wearing on your complexion.
1. Keep your masks clean - daily
If you are using reusable/fabric masks, wash them with soap and hot water after every use. Consider using a spray sanitiser if you need to wear the mask for long periods of time. Avoid using disposal masks more than once (and make sure to snip the elastic loops before disposal – this will minimise impact on wildlife in the event they end up in the environment).
2. Minimise makeup - daily
It’ll keep your mask and your skin cleaner! And let’s face it, most of us aren’t wearing foundation while working from home anyway.
3. Keep your skin clean - daily
Use a gentle cleanser that is SLS/SLES and paraben free at the end of the day. Be careful not to over-cleanse, as you don’t want to strip the skin of the natural oils that protect it. And we know you’ve heard it a million times, but it’s good advice - avoid touching your face with your hands!
4. Tone and hydrate your skin - daily
The use of quality, junk-free toners, serums and moisturisers will keep your skin hydrated and at its healthiest. Applied after cleansing, they support your skin's natural ability to protect and restore itself, and feel so much better than tight, dry skin!
5. Do a deep cleanse - weekly
Use a fine facial scrub and a clay masque to deeply cleanse and detox your skin, weekly. This will draw out impurities, rebalance oil production and soothe the complexion. Over-use of scrubs and masques can irritate rather than soothe the skin, so it's recommended to stick to one deep cleanse per week. Exfoliate before you apply the masque, this will slough away dead skin cells and prime the skin for the masque to work most effectively. And always, always use a good moisturiser after a masque.
6. Stay hydrated
Drinking water throughout the day is one of the easiest and best things you can do to look after yourself. Your skin will be clearer, and you will have more energy and less brain fog. The current health advice in Australia is that we should drink 8-10 cups of water/day (2-2.5L). If you find it difficult to include this in your day, try setting a reminder on your phone at regular intervals through the day, or keep a glass on your desk to sip regularly.
These 6 tips can be easily absorbed into your daily routine, and will help your skin cope with wearing a mask. If you have any questions, please reach out to Ange at firstname.lastname@example.org - I'm always happy to help!
And remember, we're all in the same storm, but we're not all in the same boat - so stay safe and be kind to everyone, everywhere.