How To Keep Your Skin Healthy While Wearing A Mask
- Gina V
Face masks can be hard on your skin, but that is a small price to pay for reducing the spread of COVID-19. Still, you want to keep your skin healthy for the sake of your overall wellbeing and self-esteem. Follow these simple steps and learn how to keep your skin healthy while wearing a mask.
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As a nurse, I work twelve hours shift, three-four days a week. After the first few days of wearing the face mask, I have noticed that my skin on the face became oily and was prone to develop acne, or what is called now, maskne. I had to change my habits when came to my daily ritual for my face, and most of the time I am not wearing make-up while at work.
Why do masks irritate your skin?
It is mostly a matter of friction and moisture. A mask that fits poorly will slide around when you walk or talk. Any mask may trap in oil, perspiration, and dirt.
With prolonged use, that can lead to rashes, itchiness, and the new acne known as maskne. You can fight back by learning how to take care of your skin and masks. Try these tips for gentle and effective skincare.
Tips For Maintaining A Healthy Skin While Wearing a Mask
While many experts recommend washing your hands at least 6 to 10 times a day, you usually need to wash your face just once in the morning (to reduce the puffiness) and at bedtime (to get the makeup and any debris that collected during the day). Use warm water and move your fingers gently in circles. It is important to use warm water because it helps plump which makes your pores appear smaller, it is appropriate for all skin types and allows better absorption of your skincare products.
Apply moisturizer immediately after washing (morning and evening) to reduce dryness. External factors like UV rays can damage your skin, even the oily type of skin. Moreover, your skin’s ability to keep moist declines as your age. If your skin is already irritated, look for products with dimethicone, which creates an additional protective layer.
Know your skin type
Figure out whether your skin is oily, dry, or normal, so you can select the appropriate products for you. You may also have combination skin that requires different products for different zones on your face.
For dry skin, you might choose an oil-free water-based moisturizer that improves radiance.
Extra dry skin- you can choose liquid care for extra dry skin.
Sensitive skin- a moisturizer with retinol that fights against wrinkles and strengthens the skin barrier.
Mature, dull skin- a moisturizer with retinol and vitamin C.
Oily skin- try a moisturizer that contains aloe vera water and hyaluronic acid. This type of moisturizer eliminates the excess sebum (oil) from the surface of your skin.
Simplify your routine
You may need to cut back on any strong chemicals that you usually use on your face. That often includes peels, scrubs, and any product that contains salicylic acid. Exfoliation should be done once a week; however, this depends on your skin type and the type of product you are using.
Skip the makeup if you want a healthy skin
If possible, forget about makeup temporarily. From time to time is important to focus on skincare. By giving a break to your skin, you are giving a chance to your skin to find its balance. And why not, you should start loving your imperfections- we are not perfect! You should not be afraid to look into the mirror makeup-free or should you be worried that the loved one is seeing you without the make-up on. If that makes you uncomfortable, look for non-comedogenic formulas that will not block your pores.
Anyway, what is the point of wearing makeup if you are covering your face with a mask- in my situation, 12 hours a day.
Reconsider facial hair
Trim your beard if it interferes with wearing a mask. Also, remember that beards may become contaminated if you are sick and may encourage you to touch your face more.
See your doctor
Talk with your doctor about your individual questions. That is especially important if you are dealing with chronic conditions, such as eczema or rosacea.
- Size it up. A mask that fits well is less likely to irritate your skin. You want it to be comfortably snug, rather than too tight or too loose.
- Choose natural fibers. Cotton and other natural fibers allow your skin to breathe. Avoid synthetics like nylon and polyester.
- Check your ears. Are your ears sore? Try rotating between a variety of masks with different kinds of loops and ties. You may also want to wear a headband with buttons, so you can attach your mask to something other than your ears.
- Stock up. Keep at least 2 masks handy each day. That way you can switch them if they become wet or need to be washed.
- Remove carefully. Wash or sanitize your hands before taking off your mask. Touch only the ear loops or ties. Launder your dirty mask right away or store it in a disposable or washable bag if necessary.
- Take breaks. Schedule some time out in a safe place if you must wear your mask for much of the day. You might take 15-minute break every 3 hours.
- Wash and dry. Clean your masks by hand or in your washing machine with hot water and hypoallergenic detergent. Tumble dry or hang them in the sun. A clean mask also protects you from bacteria and skin oils.
Simple washing and moisturizing will prevent many skin issues caused by masks. If you need more than DIY treatments, talk with your doctor, or see a dermatologist.
Maintaining a good self-care program helps you to enhance your well-being and keep the stress level low. Looking good and feeling good boosts your self-esteem and confidence.
Also read Freshen Up You Breath On The Natural Way and develop your personal self-care diary.