Is your skin condition worsening from wearing a mask for long hours? Well you are not alone! Since mask-wearing is the new norm these days, it is important to know how to protect your face from dirt and impurities and keep it hydrated. As our skin is unable to breathe under the face mask, it sweats and causes the PH of the skin to alter, which in turns accentuates the visibility of enlarged pores. The daily wearing of masks also exerts pressure on the skin and this causes irritation which affects our skin's wellbeing.
Here are some tips on helping to get your face back to pre-covid days:
Before wearing a mask, it is important to prep your skin by cleansing with a gentle cleanser to remove existing dirt and oil on the face. A gentle cleanser is recommended for acne-prone or sensitive skin as it does not strip away the skin's moisture barrier nor does it contain harsh chemicals which further aggravates your skin's condition. After wearing a mask, double cleanse your face with a makeup remover or cleansing oil to remove the makeup first followed by your usual cleanser.
Using a toner is important as it helps to remove the remaining impurities left on your skin after cleansing while restoring the skin's PH at the same time. They also help to absorb your subsequent skincare products better. Facial mists can be used as a substitute for a toner. They are convenient as they can be used on the go and can double up as a moisturiser to hydrate your face anywhere!
Choose a lightweight moisturiser if possible which contains soothing ingredients or packed with antioxidants so that it can help to reduce inflammation and calm your skin.
As mentioned above, sunscreen is very important and should always be applied under our masks before stepping out of our homes. It is recommended to choose a sunscreen which contains zinc oxide as it provides broad-spectrum sun protection, improves synthesis of collagen and prevents skin-aging.
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