7 ways you can save your skin’s health from wearing a mask every day
Just a year back Covid-19 came into our world and changed the way we used to live our lives. It became the most talked about thing around the world and unfortunately, it still is a talk of every town. Masks and sanitisers have become the two most important essentials since then and we aren’t getting rid of them anytime soon.
When it was first announced that wearing masks has become mandatory to curb down the effects of coronavirus, many people took this as an opportunity to buy and flaunt the most amazing masks that came out. Some people were happy with their plain surgical masks while some wore printed and beaded masks to make a statement.
This behavior is still tending but, irrespective of whichever mask you choose to wear, we can’t deny that a mask is very damaging for our skin. Times have changed and with that your skin’s needs have too. The damages that a mask can cause are very long-lasting.
So, it’s about time, we devise a new skin care routine to look after this skin of ours that has been covered by masks for so long.
But first, let’s understand how masks contribute towards a damaged skin.
The impact of a mask on our skin
Wearing a mask these days is as important as breathing. It cannot be avoided but for our skin’s good health, it’s essential that we understand how and why a mask can lead to so much harm.
Face masks form a closed environment around our skin that gives rise to moisture. This moisture isn’t harmful if you are wearing a mask for a short period of time. However, this very moisture becomes an enemy if the mask is worn for a long time. The excess moisture can lead to breakouts and acne. Also, the moisture around the skin can also cause prolonged irritation around the lips, chin area and cheeks.
Doctors say that people with a history of eczema, dermatitis or acne are more prone to skin damage, by wearing masks for a long time, then people that have no such medical history. Even the elastic bands attached to the mask can lead to non-stop irritation and itching behind the ears.
Although, wearing a mask is saving us from a big devil aka Covid-19, we can’t just stop caring about the harm it is causing. To prove that you love yurself, below are some amazing tips that you can follow to give your skin the love it needs.
Care for Skin When Wearing a Mask
If you want to live with healthier skin while wearing a mask, follow these wonderful skin care tips below and thank us later. We are sure these tips will help bring a great change to your skin care routine.
- Cleanse your face regularly
Mark our words here. A little care for skin will help your skin reach its perfect form really quickly. Cleansing your face regularly, after you are back from home, is a great skin care routine. Gently cleansing helps remove unwanted sweat and debris from your skin giving it a smooth and soft texture. According to experts, in addition to gentle cleansing, applying benzoyl peroxide on affected areas can help treat acne and breakouts. Rubbing ice cubes gently can also reduce swelling and Redness caused by wearing a mask on a long day.
- Wear a clean mask
This mask is like a face covering that has become a crucial accessory. Your mask is not like that t-shirt that you can wear three days in a row. It holds lots of debris, sweat and moisture that you don’t want your skin to absorb. Frequent cleaning is required when it comes to masks. Make sure you give your mask a great wash so that all debris, oil and sweat gets washed away. A fragrance-free detergent mixed with warm water is a great combination to clean up your masks. Also, stock up on soft masks made from delicate fabric. Soft masks cause less friction and prevent the formation of acne.
- Don’t use foundation
Foundation under your mask can lead to clogged pores and acne. By applying foundation, you cover your face with a thick layer of base. If you cover that base again, with a mask this time, your skin ends up losing its exposure. Use a foundation that is lightweight, if you can’t avoid it at all. Also, try applying foundation on the areas that are more exposed to air and sunlight.
- Apply Moisturizer whenever you feel like
Moisturising your skin is a great gift you can give yourself. Your skin, covered under a mask, doesn’t get to enjoy the sun, heat, light and air. With such limited exposure, it tends to dry up really quickly. Moisturize your face before wearing a mask in the morning, during the day and after you are back home. Use a moisturizer that is light and promises to soften your skin really quickly.
- Wear a mask that fits you
Material and fit are both very important when it comes to a mask. Wear a mask that fits you well. It shouldn’t slip from your ears but also must not be too tight to cause pain. Wear masks that have adjustable ear bands. These are more comfortable and cause no irritation.
Wearing a mask made from a good fabric is also quite essential. A mask should have a soft feel. N95 masks can cause great damage to your skin’s tissues because of their tight fit. If possible, avoid using N95, provided you aren’t a Healthcare worker.
- Don’t forget to apply a lip balm
Lip balm is a life savior. It’s not just your face that needs all the care. Your lips require the same kind of love too. Apply a lip balm before wearing your mask to ensure that your lips are properly moisturized. Also, if possible, avoid using lipstick.
- Wash your face regularly
We can’t stress enough the fact that washing your face regularly is one of the best things you can do for your skin. Wash your skin with some mild hot water and make sure to use a great face wash. Take breaks from work and wash your face to give all that moisture your face requires.
Start from now!
Your skin is like a treasure that you own. A great skin care routine is a reflection of your habits and the way you spend your life. Covid-19 is here for long but that doesn’t mean you should get disheartened and forget about taking care of yourself. Start from today and see how great changes the above tips will make to your skin.
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