However, until the obligation is null and void, here is some expert advice on how to keep skin as healthy as possible during this time.
Regular wearers of face masks will see a gradual deterioration of the skin under the mask. This is as a result of prolonged sweating and condensation from the air coming out of the nose and mouth when the face is covered by a mask.
Any sort of fabric rubbing directly against the skin can create friction. As a result, skin can experience redness, irritation, peeling and the dreaded ‘maskne’, which is acne caused by the frequent wear of face masks.
To limit the damage to skin when wearing a face mask here are a few things to remember:
When you exfoliate your skin, microtears can appear. Normally this is fine, but, when applied with constant use of a face mask it can compromise the skin.
Make up with a mask? Basically its a mess. By putting an extra layer onto the skin, only to be mixed with the condensation from a face mask creates a sweaty (and kinda gross) environment. Use this opportunity to save some of your beloved foundations.
When wearing a facemask its important to be SUPER careful and gentle with what you put on your skin. Fragranced products can at times cause inflammation and often is a cause of irritation to sensitive skin.
Number one tip is to make sure the mask is CLEAN.
The combination of sweat over a long period of time will ultimately create a breeding ground for bacteria. This can lead to breakouts as well as all over dryness.
Also consider the type of face mask being used. Different fabrics react differently on the skin so it is important to find one less irritating and more breathable.
It is super important to keep skin hydrated before a long day of wearing a mask.
Desiree Strodahl is the Senior Researcher and Education Manager for Paula’s Choice, a skincare company. She suggests what to do before wearing a facemask:
For normal/dry skin, prep with a super hydrating and protective moisturiser all over the face
For Oily/ Combination skin, a silicone serum, the SKIN BALANCING Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum is a good choice as “the molecular structure of silicones make them air and water permeable, so they don’t suffocate skin or trap sweat”.
It is super important to be using a face wash to remove the build up of moisture, sweat and salt from the day.
Then, follow with your usual skincare routine which should incorporate restorative, replenishing and soothing elements.
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