While we know that masks are extremely important in reducing the spread of the coronavirus, we must address the skin issues that they cause and hope to provide you with tips to help!
Tip 1: Cleanse & Moisturise Daily
Gentle skin care can prevent skin problems. When washing your face, use a mild, fragrance-free cleanser and follow these steps:
- Use a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser that does not contain alcohol.
- Wet your face with lukewarm water and use your fingertips to apply cleanser. Using a washcloth, mesh sponge, or anything other than your fingertips can irritate your skin.
- Resist the temptation to scrub your skin because scrubbing irritates the skin.
- Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with a soft towel.
- Apply moisturiser if your skin is dry or itchy. Be gentle when applying any cream around your eyes so you do not pull too hard on this delicate skin.
- Limit washing to twice a day and after sweating. Wash your face once in the morning and once at night, as well as after sweating heavily. Perspiration, especially when wearing a hat or helmet, irritates the skin. Wash your skin as soon as possible after sweating.
Dry skin is a common face-mask skin problem. Applying moisturiser adds a protective layer that can reduce dryness.
Carbon Blush recommend the Obagi Clenziderm System for treating the skin. To purchase this product we hold a consultation to ensure its the right prescription product you!
Tip 2: Protect your lips by applying petroleum jelly
Dry skin and chapped lips are common face-mask skin problems. You can prevent chapped lips by applying petroleum jelly to your lips:
- After washing your face
- Before you put on your mask
- Before bed
Carbon Blush recommend the Jane Iredale Lip Drink to hydrate the lips!
Tip 3: Skip the makeup when wearing a mask
Underneath your mask, makeup is more likely to clog your pores and lead to breakouts. If makeup is necessary, use only products labeled “non-comedogenic” or “oil free.”
Carbon Blush recommend all Jane Iredale mineral based products, which don’t clog your pores and are hydrating to the skin!
Tip4: Use less of certain skin care products if your face becomes irritated
When covering your face with a mask, some products that you used may irritate your skin. For example some you may consider cutting back on if you’re wearing a mask for a long time include:
- Leave-on salicylic acid
- Retinoids on the face
Carbon Blush recommend the Eternal Rose Serum as a gentle botanical based product incorporating hyaluronic acid that is not too aggressive on the skin.
Tip 5: Wear the right mask
To reduce skin issues, choose masks that offer:
- A comfortable fit that doesn’t slid around and irritate your skin – but make sure it is tight enough to reduce the spread of coronavirus
- Soft, natural, and breathable fabric ( e.g. cotton)
- Softer fabric on the inside
Tip 6: Take a 15-minute mask break every 4 hours
Only remove your mask when it’s safe to do so and after washing your hands. For example:
- Outdoors, when you can stay at least six feet away from people
- Inside your car when you’re alone
- At home
Carbon Blush recommend using Thoclor as an antiviral spray for disinfecting hands and/or surfaces
Tip 7: Wash your cloth masks
Washing your mask removes oils and skin cells that collect inside, which could lead to skin problems.
You can wash a cloth mask in a washing machine or by hand. Both ways remove germs and other particles. Just be sure to:
- Follow the washing instructions on each mask.
- Wash the masks in hot water unless the instructions say otherwise.
- Use a fragrance-free, hypoallergenic laundry detergent.
After washing your mask, check its shape. If a mask no longer fits snugly (and comfortably), it is less protective.
Tip 8: Continue the treatment plan that was created for you
If you have a skin condition, such as acne or rosacea, it’s especially important to follow your treatment plan. This can help keep the condition under control. Why not book a consultation today to find out what works best for you!