UNMASK HEALTHY-LOOKING SKIN
BY DANIELLA STROMBERG
Noticing changes in your skin recently? They may be due to your face mask. While it’s an unfortunate side effect of taking necessary precautions, this new reality is a frustrating one – we’re right there with you. And of course, d’mai is here to help! We have solutions to this skincare struggle.
Why Do Masks Cause Skin Irritation and Acne?
Wearing a mask blocks fresh air from reaching your face, which normally keeps skin dry and balanced. Moisture can build up, creating the perfect environment for bacteria to grow and spread. Re-use can further lead to the spread of bacteria. Additionally, masks trap heat, which causes inflammation. It’s also possible that your skin could be sensitive to the material
of the mask.
Some Causes of Skin Irritation
• Buildup of dead skin cells, which makes skin feel thick and dry. Exfoliation is key here
• Stress, changes in daily routine, diet, and sleep
How to Take Care of Your Skin While Wearing a Mask
Always wash your hands before touching your mask. Before you put your mask on, make sure your skin is thoroughly cleansed. If there is a buildup of oils, dead skin, or debris on the skin, this will intensify the chance of your mask irritating your skin or causing problems.
Using a cleanser with a salicylic acid exfoliating agent (or other similar non-irritant) is key. After you cleanse, use a light moisturizer. Stay hydrated but remember to pick a product that won’t clog up those nicely exfoliated pores. Try a water-based gel hydrator or an antioxidant rich moisturizer. Look for ingredients or terms like gel, liposome, water-based, and aqueous. A weekly detox will keep your skin glowing. Try an activated charcoal treatment mask; it will draw impurities out of your skin without over drying.
Final tip: If you do get a blemish, don’t pick. Please wait it out!
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