How to protect your facial skin from wearing a mask

How to protect your facial skin from wearing a mask

How to protect your facial skin from wearing a mask?

The ‘new normal’ has brought with it new rules and habits designed to protect our health and that of others. We’re all still getting used to wearing a mask, an important measure that seems here to stay for the foreseeable. But if you’re experiencing skin irritation, dryness or breakouts from this ‘new normal’ habit, read on. We’ve put together our top tips for managing and even averting mask-induced skincare problems.

Choose the right mask

A comfortable fit and breathable material are musts. Not all fabrics are created equal: remember that some man-made fibres can trap sweat, cause irritation and trigger acne. Natural fabrics like cotton are kindest to skin because they help absorb sweat and allow the skin to breathe. Alternate and wash your masks regularly with gentle detergent and antimicrobial agents to minimise germs, including bacteria and alleviate breakouts and skin flare-ups.

Prepare your skin…

Hydration can help prevent irritation. Before wearing your mask, cleanse and use a facial moisturiser with soothing ingredients like chamomile* [DK1] and aloe vera[DK2] *. Avoid heavy, pore-clogging make-up, too. Opt for mineral-based cosmetics with ingredients like titanium dioxide, which absorbs oil on the skin.

…then treat your skin! 

After a long day of wearing a mask, be sure to pamper your skin with gentle, hydrating products that are free of irritants like sulphates that alter the lipid structure of the outer layer of the skin[DK3] * upper epidermis. Cleanse with water no hotter than lukewarm and finish with more moisturiser. Added elements like antioxidants and essential oils help restore and soothe your skin*.[DK4]

Try this: 

If you experience excessive dryness, irritation or itchiness, try this gentle, hydrating mask at home, made from just three simple ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons of oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons of Herbal Aloe Soothing Gel
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Cook the oatmeal with 2 tablespoons of water in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds. Allow to cool a little and add 2 tablespoons of Herbal Aloe Soothing Gel and 1 tablespoon of honey. When completely cool, apply to the face and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes, then wash thoroughly using warm water and a gentle sulphate-free cleanser.

*Srivastava JK et al. Chamomile: A herbal medicine of the past with bright future. Mol Med Report. 2010 Nov 1; 3(6): 895–901.

*Maenthaisong R et al. The efficacy of aloe vera used for burn wound healing: a systematic review. Burns. 2007 Sep;33(6):713-8

*Yanase K and Hatta I. Disruption of human stratum corneum lipid structure by sodium dodecyl sulphate. Int J Cosmet Sci. 2018 Feb;40(1):44-49

*Lin TK et al. Anti-Inflammatory and Skin Barrier Repair Effects of Topical Application of Some Plant Oils. Int J Mol Sci. 2018 Jan; 19(1): 70.

Addor FAS. Antioxidants in dermatology. An Bras Dermatol. 2017 May-Jun; 92(3): 356–362.

 [DK1]Reference: Srivastava JK et al. Chamomile: A herbal medicine of the past with bright future. Mol Med Report. 2010 Nov 1; 3(6): 895–901.

 [DK2]Reference: Maenthaisong R et al. The efficacy of aloe vera used for burn wound healing: a systematic review. Burns. 2007 Sep;33(6):713-8

 [DK3]Reference: Yanase K and Hatta I. Disruption of human stratum corneum lipid structure by sodium dodecyl sulphate. Int J Cosmet Sci. 2018 Feb;40(1):44-49

 [DK4]References

Lin TK et al. Anti-Inflammatory and Skin Barrier Repair Effects of Topical Application of Some Plant Oils. Int J Mol Sci. 2018 Jan; 19(1): 70.

Addor FAS. Antioxidants in dermatology. An Bras Dermatol. 2017 May-Jun; 92(3): 356–362