First of all—THE BASICS... Are you even washing your skin properly? Dirt and oil on your skin will get trapped under the mask and can cause breakouts. Always put your mask on over a clean face. Choose a gentle cleanser that is non toxic, fragrance free and oil free. Double cleansing at night will ensure all the debris & dirt off the surface to allow for the cleanser to get into the follicle to heal & hydrate the skin. Rinse with lukewarm water, not hot. Avoid scrubbing or rubbing the skin.
Moisturizer keeps your skin hydrated and acts like a barrier to the friction caused by your mask. Choose one that is non toxic, fragrance free and oil free. Look for protective ingredients like ceramides and hyaluronic acid. Avoid heavy products that can clog your skin and make you break out.
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I feel personally attacked, but ladies SKIP THE MAKEUP. I need to utilize my own advice but don’t wear makeup underneath your mask. Masks act like occlusive barriers, which means trapped makeup can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. Also, residue from makeup can soil your mask fabric.
Are you washing your masks after usage? or are you using the same one over and over? —Dirt and oil from your skin plus bacteria from your mouth and nose will end up on your cloth mask. Keep a rotation of masks on hand and wash them after every use.When washing your mask, choose a fragrance free laundry detergent and lay flat to dry. Fragrance within fabric can be an irritant, so you definitely don’t want it on your face.
Speaking of Mouths—to Avoid bacteria from within, you can gargle mouth wash throughout the day. This will kill any bacteria and also Make your breath smell better under the mask. 🥴
Surgical masks are not meant to be reused because there is no good way to clean them. The CDC does not recommend surgical masks for the public. But if you choose to use one, don’t use the same one twice.
Don’t forget your ears are attached to your face. that means protecting them as well, with SPF & especially these Elastic strap loops. they can cause friction burns on the backs of your ears. If your skin is sensitive or if you’ll be wearing a mask for long periods of time, there are alternatives. You can attach the straps to buttons on a headband or to a clip behind your head.
While, we want to get rid of “Maskne” by using acne medications. This can actually cause more irritation under the mask. Products like retinol or benzoyl peroxide should be limited, If you’re wearing a mask a lot. either use less of them or stop using them altogether. Do not mistake a rash for acne. If you need help deciphering this comment below.
Lastly, if you’re state allows facials, don’t be afraid to get one. Licensed Esthetician’s like myself are trained on properly disinfecting & sanitizing no matter a pandemic or not. I -myself, adhere to all the CDC guidelines Utilizing, mar-v-cide, gloves, masks, & eye protectors. My entire room & tools are properly disinfected/sanitized after each client.
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