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How to care for your skin while wearing a protective face mask

  The ongoing pandemic has impacted so many elements of our daily lives but as we take steps towards coming out of lockdown, more adjustments are being made that of which includes wearing a fa...

How to care for your skin while wearing a protective face mask

 

The ongoing pandemic has impacted so many elements of our daily lives but as we take steps towards coming out of lockdown, more adjustments are being made that of which includes wearing a face mask on public transport, in shops and from 8th August 2020, clients need to be wearing a face mask within salons for some parts of the UK.

 

England – Face coverings mandatory from 8th August for clients. Visors to be worn by treatment staff
Scotland – Face coverings mandatory for clients and staff
Wales – Face coverings are not mandatory
Northern Ireland – Face coverings are not mandatory but recommended

 

Whether you decide to make your own covering at home or buy a mask from a retailer, you are likely to soon discover that in addition to keeping you safe, face masks can cause some less than desirable and uncomfortable side effects when it comes to your skin.

 

Here’s some tips on how to care for you skin underneath the mask to avoid the dreaded ‘maskne’

 

Avoid wearing makeup

When wearing a mask, your skin is already blocked so adding a layer of makeup is a fast-track to blocked pores, irritation and breakouts. It’s a good idea to let your skin breathe, the mask would rub off your foundation anyway and no one can see your skin!

 

The material of your mask

The skin underneath your mask can get damp from the trapped air/breath. This creates a warm, moist environment and can unfortunately lead to breakouts. Look for masks made from natural, breathable materials such as cotton. Make sure it’s tightly woven, as you don’t want it to let anything in.

 

Before putting your mask on

The friction between the mask and the skin can easily lead to irritation and/or dryness. Keeping your skin hydrated will help but if you’re wearing masks regularly try applying a thick cream to the skin that’s in direct contact with the mask. This will act as a barrier and ease irritation.

 

After removing your mask

The clammy environment underneath your mask can cause oil and sweat to build up so cleansing the area after removing your mask can help to prevent breakouts. Ensure to use something gentle as the masks can leave the skin irritated.

 

And most importantly… Wash your mask!

You should wash your mask after every wear either in the washing machine or by soaking it for 5 minutes in boiling water and a cleaning product. However, be mindful of the detergent you use, especially if your skin is easily irritated.

 

13/08/2020