Love them or hate them, there is no denying the fact that face masks have come in very handy the last couple of years as the world deals with the effects of the pandemic. While they have a lot to offer in terms of health and safety, masks have made maintaining healthy and beautiful skin a bit tricky.
Maybe you found yourself falling victim to mask-ne (mask acne). It could be that you are having to deal with unflattering tan lines due to the partial covering over the face. Whatever your mask-related skin horror story is, it is clear that we need to rethink our skincare routines and strategies.
To help you out, here are a few tips that should help you keep your facial skin healthy and beautiful despite all the challenges that come with wearing a mask.
Wear good quality sunscreen
Tan lines are only cute when they follow a swimsuit pattern. The last thing you want is to have a two-tone face because of your mask which is why we recommend you invest in a good quality sunscreen product with an SPF of at least 30.
When wearing sunscreen, focus both on the exposed parts of the face and whatever is covered under the mask.
Your skin will accumulate a lot of oil, sweat, makeup, and dirt underneath your mask. If you don’t cleanse adequately and frequently, you may end up with clogged pores and mask-ne. To deal with this, make sure to cleanse your skin once a day with a gentle but effective cleanser.
Wear minimal, non-comedogenic makeup
Makeup and face-masks do not go very well together. The masks hide and sometimes ruin the makeup while the makeup worsens the accumulation of grease and grime behind the mask.
If you can, try and avoid wearing too much makeup especially on the parts of your face covered by the mask.
If you do wear makeup, opt for non-comedogenic products that are specifically formulated not to clog your pores.
Wear a fresh face mask every day
Face masks collect all sorts of nasty things both from your face and from the environment. They should therefore be treated with the same respect as undergarments. This means wearing a fresh one every day.
One option in this case is to get single-use masks made from biodegradable materials. The other alternative is to invest in reusable masks in which case you should wash and dry them properly before wearing them.
Find the right mask
Finding the perfect mask could also help you take care of your skin and avoid issues like skin irritation, clogged pores, and breakouts. The perfect mask is one that fits properly and is made from soft, breathable material.
Try the M-Patch from IPO Cosmetics
The M-Patch from IPO Cosmetics is specifically designed to help make the mask-wearing experience bearable and good for your skin. The patch is infused with essential oils including peppermint and bergamot among others.
They have several benefits including having a soothing and cooling effect on irritated skin. The best part is that they are all-natural.