The permanent wearing of the mask is essential to limit the spread of the coronavirus. However, it is advisable to adapt your beauty routine in order to limit the appearance of imperfections due to blocked pores. Our advice.
Since the beginning of the epidemic, we have all been wearing masks to limit the spread of Covid-19. Since 1 September, the wearing of masks has even become compulsory in certain town centres and at the office for those who are no longer teleworking. But what effect does wearing a mask have on our skin? Here we answer all your questions and explain how to take care of your skin when wearing a mask.
Wearing a mask: what are the consequences for your skin?
As you know, for the well-being of your skin, you must regularly let it breathe! Heat, humidity, pores clogged by make-up and pollution are all elements that can lead your skin to produce excess sebum and you can end up with unwanted pimples, redness and some discomfort. Add to this the rubbing of the mask and its elastics and you may even end up with irritation or dry patches on your face. You will therefore need to adapt your facial care routine so that your skin comes out unscathed from this mandatory mask wearing period.
Choose your mask carefully
Your choice of mask affects your skin. Choose soft, natural fabrics such as cotton rather than synthetic or, worse, paper. Rubbing against your skin will not have the same effect if it is a soft, supple fabric mask or a paper mask, which is rougher and more irritating. Take care to choose a mask that is adjustable or made to your size, because as with a garment or shoe, if the size is not right, your skin will be subjected to much more friction.
Wash your mask and change it regularly
It can never be repeated often enough, but it is absolutely necessary to wash your cloth mask regularly. That’s why you will need several of them to be able to roll. Beyond being ineffective against the virus, a mask that is worn too much is full of bacteria. Even though your skin will find it a little harder to breathe behind the mask, you shouldn’t stick on make-up leftovers from the day before or bacteria picked up on a brewery table at a dinner party with friends.
A paper surgical mask should be discarded after 4 hours of use. For others, they should be washed after each use to maintain their effectiveness and to avoid a maximum of bacteria that could settle on your skin and create unpleasant reactions. Therefore, wash your masks in the washing machine, at 60°C at least after each use.
Be careful with make-up
In the summer, we tend to lift the brush and wear lighter make-up or no make-up at all. This is a good thing, which we should continue to apply as much as possible once the school year is over. Your mask already clogs up a good part of your skin, so there’s no point in overloading it further with overloaded make-up. So remember to lighten your make-up as much as possible, especially foundation. And as you will not leave your mask for the day, or very little, you will sweat… This perspiration won’t be able to evacuate well if you wear make-up, and it risks causing clogged pores and therefore, more pimples and blackheads. Prefer a simple cloud of translucent powder to matify the whole face, and possibly a BB cream, no more!
Cleanse and exfoliate your skin
While cleansing is an essential step for healthy skin, it becomes even more important when wearing the mask. This is why we can only recommend a double cleansing of your skin. Start by removing your make-up with oil, micellar water or a cleansing milk. Choose vegetable oils that will also act as a moisturiser and that are free of chemical components that could further damage your skin, which is already weakened by wearing the mask. Next, cleanse your face with a cleansing gel adapted to your skin type. Remember to use lukewarm water for this step, the heat opens the pores and allows for deep cleansing. Every two days (or even every day if you have oily skin), remember to exfoliate your face with a very gentle micro-grain product. With little irritation, they will remove dead cells accumulated on the surface of the epidermis, favoured by wearing the mask. You can then finish with a cold water jet to firm up your clean skin.
Moisturize your skin
Good hydration is the secret to beautiful skin. Whether your skin is dry, oily or combination, this crucial step should not be overlooked. So remember to moisturize your skin with products adapted to your skin type, every morning and every evening after the two-step cleansing process we recommend above. Choose a purifying moisturizing serum with salicylic acid and hyaluronic acid (they will help accelerate cell renewal and limit the appearance of imperfections) and continue the routine with an organic moisturizing gel-cream to reduce the presence of toxic products as much as possible. As with make-up removal, if you have very dry skin you can opt for a vegetable oil to moisturise your skin. Contrary to popular belief, the right oil will not leave an oily film and will guarantee that your skin is well moisturised and naturally hydrated. All you need to do is choose a suitable oil such as hazelnut oil.
Don’t forget your lips
Dehydration does not only affect the skin of the face, but also your lips. Remember to exfoliate them at least twice a week (a homemade scrub with sugar and olive oil will be very effective). Don’t forget to moisturise them throughout the day with a lip balm. You can also apply coconut oil, pure shea butter or even olive oil to your lips before going to bed. You’ll have beautiful, well-moisturised lips when you jump out of bed!