We already know and understand the essential role face masks play in halting the spread of viruses, especially COVID-19. As much good as mask-wearing does for the community, your conscientious effort to help flatten the covid curve can really take a toll on your skin. In short, from “mask” to rashes, chafing, itchiness and peeling, wearing a mask can wreak havoc on your complexion.
For frontline and essential workers, healthcare workers and those first responders who must wear masks and sometimes plastic face guards for their entire shift skin issues are even more problematic. If you want to avoid the toll wearing a face mask takes on your healthy glow then we have some tips to help. Here are seven tips from Cinzia Spa in Myrtle Beach for you to get your winter glow back and still do the responsible thing for yourself and those around you.
1. Pay Attention to Your Skin Care Routine
You may need to revamp your skincare routine: washing your face and dabbing on your daily moisturizer may not be enough to keep your skin in glowing condition. Practice a gentle but thorough skin care regimen to reduce redness and chafing. Wash your face with a cleanser for sensitive skin then immediately apply a moisturizer formulated for your skin types, preferably with one of these ingredients: ● Ceramides ● Hyaluronic Acid ● Dimethicone
2. Go Au Naturale
The best thing for your skin is to go make-up free when you’re wearing your face mask. Makeup tends to clog your pores under the best of circumstances. If you must wear makeup use a non-comedogenic BB or CC cream formulated for sensitive skin. Forego the full coverage of a foundation or primer.
3. Avoid New Products and Possible Irritants for Now
For the time being stick with the skin care and makeup products made for sensitive skin, especially if your job requires you to wear a mask all day. Astringents, retinoids and chemical peels often irritate and cause your skin to become more sensitive, even as they work to perfect your complexion. For the time being you should avoid products that tend to be harsh.
Even those products which have proven effective prior to the pandemic can become irritating when worn beneath protective face masks. Products that contain salicylic acid, retinoids and alcohol may only exacerbate the problem.
4. Wear the Right Mask
Make sure your mask provides a snug, yet comfortable fit. It should be made of at least two layers of a soft and breathable fabric. Disposable paper masks are fine but might not provide a soft and comfortable fit. They tend to cause more chafing and irritation. Cotton is preferable and you should try to avoid synthetics as some individuals tend to have a reaction.
Your mask should provide a snug fit across your nose, on the sides and beneath your chin. If you find yourself adjusting your mask too often you could be contributing to the irritation and should find a more comfortable mask.
5. Take Breaks in Safe Areas Every Four Hours
Frontline workers have found taking a 15 minute break from wearing masks helps them combat irritating dryness and chafing. After washing your hands remove your mask in a safe area, at least six feet away from others. Outdoors, inside your car when you are alone or inside your home around those with whom you are sharing a living space.
6. Wash Your Masks Regularly
Skin cells, dirt and oil collect inside your mask each time you wear it. The CDC now recommends washing your face mask after every use. Should your mask lose its snug and comfortable fit it’s no longer beneficial and you should replace it.
You may wash your cloth mask by hand or in the washing machine, using hot water and a detergent designed for sensitive skin. Do not use fabric softener. If it is indicated by the manufacturer you may dry your mask in the dryer.
7. Don’t Neglect Your Lips
Always apply a lip balm prior to donning your mask. Your lips are easily irritated as they tend to be pretty sensitive to the constant rubbing of the cloth of your face mask. You can use a nighttime lip treatment if you like, or schedule a facial treatment at Cinzia Spa that targets the lips.
Schedule a Professional Facial
Now is the time to treat yourself to a professional facial and get back your winter glow. Our hydrating facials drench your face in good-for-you emollients while combating the effects of chafing, drying and even the dreaded “maskne.”
Our professional technicians understand the toll wearing a face mask takes on your complexion and we do our utmost to restore skin’s good health. Contact Cinzia Spa in Myrtle Beach today to get back your glow.