Face masks are now your essential accessory due to the CDC’s public-health recommendation that everyone wear a cloth face covering in public to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Unfortunately, you may have already noticed that wearing a face mask can irritate your skin. Don’t worry. We’re here to help you navigate this by providing step-by-step guidelines for protecting your skin while wearing a face mask.
1. Always keep your face mask and your skin clean
We all know that it’s essential to wash your hands properly, but did you know that preparing your skin by washing your face before putting the face mask on is important too? It will help remove any dirt and excess oil, preventing clogged pores and any potential acne.
Be sure to wash your face mask each day. Any build-up of excess oil on it will be re-introduced to your skin the next time you wear it.
2. Protect your skin with a moisturizer
When you are wearing a face mask, regardless of how long, you want your skin to be in the best shape possible. Protect your skin from rubbing and friction by applying a hydrating moisturizer.
A good moisturizer will also help to nourish and prepare your skin for the times you no longer need your face mask.
3. Focus on your eyes
Now is a great time to go make-up-free, especially since any potentially irritating ingredients can lead to breakouts.
Even though you’re skipping foundation, concealer, and blush, you can still work on perfecting your winged liner, and upping your brow game. Pair your liner with a couple of coats of your go-to mascara, and you are all set!
4. Don’t forget your lips
You may not be applying your favorite lipstick while wearing a mask, but that doesn’t mean your lips should be ignored.
You can still get chapped lips, and if they are under a mask for long periods of time, they can also get irritated. Keep your lips soft and smooth using a lip balm with nourishing ingredients like vitamin E and shea butter.
Most importantly, whether you decide to make your own DIY face mask using a bandana, or purchase one online, we want you to stay safe and healthy. If your skin gets irritated, do not remove your mask in public. Instead, when you get home, use a gentle cleanser and a calming mask to help heal your skin.