Safety is key and wearing a mask is paramount during the pandemic, but it’s also cumbersome and can cause skin concerns, especially on the chins.
We all understand how important and blissful it is to have smooth skin. Below are some tips on how to have a total smooth skin despite the use of masks:
Wash your face
Dirt and oil on your skin will get trapped under the mask and can cause breakouts. Always put your mask on over a clean face. Choose a gentle cleanser that is fragrance-free and oil-free. Rinse with lukewarm water, not hot. Avoid scrubbing or rubbing the skin. Always pat dry with a clean towel and not rub.
Wear only clean masks
Dirt and oil from your skin plus bacteria from your mouth and nose will end up on your cloth mask. Keep a rotation of masks on hand and wash them after every use. You can also use disposable ones to maintain proper hygiene.
Apply a good moisturizer
Moisturiser keeps your skin hydrated and acts like a barrier to friction from your mask. Choose one that is fragrance-free and oil-free. Look for protective ingredients like ceramide and hyaluronic acid. Avoid heavy products that can clog your skin and make you break out.
Avoid harsh skincare products that can irritate your skin
Wearing a mask for even a short time can make your skin more sensitive. To reduce skin problems, avoid trying harsh products, such as a chemical peel, exfoliant, or retinoid, for the first time. Also, cutting back on products that can irritate your skin, such as Leave-on salicylic acid, Retinoid you apply to your face, and Aftershave.
Take a 15-minute mask break every 4 hours
Health care workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic have found that this helps save their skin. Of course, only remove your mask when it’s safe to do so and after washing your hands. Safe places to remove your mask include Outdoors when you can stay at least six feet away from people, Inside your car when you’re alone, and At home.
Whatever you do, remember using your mask is a must.