These past several months have certainly taken the world by a storm. Depending on where in the world you live, much of life might already be back to normal. It’s less so the case with us JBeauty peeps - we’re still hunkering down here in sunny California.
But whether you’re out and about or hibernating quietly indoors, our new normal has come along with some serious skin challenges. So we’ve put together some quick skin care tips to ensure you feel fresh-faced, no matter where you are or what you’re doing. In the long haul, your skin will thank you for it!
Maskne & Mask Irritation - how to treat them
Yup, you saw this one coming. Breakouts and irritation from mask-wearing have been among the most frequently reported skin issues this year. So much that it’s been coined “maskne” - when “masks” cause “acne.” While the best treatment is undoubtedly a good cleanse, nourish and protect routine, if you’re still suffering from skin irritation, you’ll want to take additional measures.
1. Invest in a silk, cotton, or soft fabric mask.
These materials allow the skin to breathe and prevent pores from clogging due to humidity. They’re also less abrasive on the skin, unlike their synthetic counterparts, which graze the skin surface and cause irritation. This is especially true for sensitive and dry skin types.
2. Wash your mask after every use.
You’d be surprised by how much sweat, dirt and product builds up on the inner lining of your mask with each use. For an easy wash, rinse your mask in a solution of warm water and mild detergent, and lay flat in the sun to dry. Of course, this is a best hygiene practice for ALL of us, maskne victims or not!
3. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
Skin dryness is another common issue with masks, so remember to moisturize liberally as often as your skin type requires. For a lightweight yet deep-penetrating hydration boost, try Kewtopia Hyalo One Moisture Serum. If you’re in search of something heavier, try La Vie Précieuse MOIST A.P.G. CREAM.
Tap into Foam Power - activate foam cleanser the right way
One of the best ways to deep cleanse your skin is through a foam cleanser. Sounds pretty basic, right? Actually, the key here lies in activating the cleanser the right way. If you’re experiencing skin irritation from masks, be it breakouts or skin peeling, the last thing you want to do is harshly rub your face with product. Rather than directly applying the cleanser to your skin, apply a layer of foam to your skin, and allow the foam to draw out any impurities.
Don’t forget your sunscreen!
I cannot emphasize just how important this step is. When you’re spending most of your time indoors, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking you’re free from sun damage. While UVB rays (which cause sunburn) are unlikely to penetrate building walls, UVA rays (which cause skin aging) easily seep through your kitchen window, leading to skin wrinkles and long-term skin damage. If that’s not convincing enough, need I mention those mask tan lines? Bottom line: Even if you’ve forgotten a step in your skincare routine, don’t ditch the SPF!