One of the most common questions we are currently getting is how to keep your skin as healthy as possible while wearing your facemask day-in-day-out. Cyprus’ COVID measures currently mandates the use of face masks in all public spaces, so there’s no getting around it… Hello, bacteria, trapped pollution, germs, clogged pores, rashes, skin irritations, acne & more!
So what exactly are the best ways to give your skin a fighting chance?? Here are the top skin-saving tips to get you through these times blemish-free!
1. Wear No Makeup At All
This sounds hard, and yes – sometimes this may not be very ideal, however, if your face is going to be covered anyway you may as well skip wearing (as much) makeup as you’d normally do. The more layers of makeup you apply and then trap under a mask, the more risk you are at for bacteria, blemishes, etc to develop. If you must wear makeup, go for a lighter foundation, BB Cream or concealer instead – and try to minimize how much you put under where your mask will sit.
2. Only Wear Disposable or Washable Masks
This one is a little bittersweet – as these masks produce a TON of waste, however, wearing the same heavy mask day after day is only spreading bacteria across your face. Not only is it bad for your health (as you inhale this), it is also terrible for your skin. Just think – the thicker your mask, the more it rubs creating irritations and redness. The lighter the mask the better.
Unless you wash your cloth mask on a daily basis, we highly recommend opting for the standard disposable version. Just make sure to recycle them once their used!
3. Wipe Down With a Facial Cleanser
Once you are able to remove your mask, on your break for example or once you get home, immediately wipe your skin down with our favourite bacteria and virus-killing facial cleanser by Mastic Origins. Use a cotton pad and dab a small amount of cleanser to remove all bacteria.
4. Do Not Touch Your Face
Our hands are filthy, not just during these times but always. Avoid touching your face as much as possible, especially if you have sensitive skin. Keep a hand-sanitizer somewhere nearby at all times is recommended, if you do not have access to soap and water.
Regardless of the type of mask you wear, your face below will always be subject to some level of skin irritation. Dry skin is much more vulnerable to skin irritations, bacteria entering your skin and blemishes forming. Protect your skin from such damage with a long-lasting, natural moisturizing cream such as the Queen or Energizing Cream by Mastic Origins.
BONUS TIP – Remove Your Mask ASAP
As soon as you are in an area where you can remove your mask, take it off. We see way too many people wearing their mask unnecessarily – such as while walking alone (maintaining social distance) or while driving their cars…
Unfortunately, the longer you wear your mask the more risks you are subjecting your health and skin to. Once your mask is off for the day, you will want to keep your skincare routine pretty simple to avoid further irritating an already irritated area.
These are our top 5 best tips to keep your skin irritations as minimal as possible as you go about your day. But what if you already have these irritations? Don’t worry – we got you covered. For those with congestion and/or acne from wearing a face mask all day , the Forest of Tears’ Pesto Mastiha Peel-Off Mask naturally cleanses, cools and firms the skin making it the perfect choice for anyone struggling with skin irritations on the face.
Aloe extracts and vitamin E help rejuvenate the hydrolipid film, restoring water balance and protects the skin from damage. Hyaluronic acid acts on the epidermal film, moisturizing the local layers, reducing irritation and the possibility of skin infection, in combination with allantoin and the antibacterial properties of mastic.
This can be used 1-3 times a week as a mask OR as a spot treatment gel that soothes and repairs blemishes and areas that are affected. Simply cleanse the skin thoroughly then apply a thin layer using a circular motion across the face.
We sure hope these tips helped – if so, please leave us a comment on our social media!