Heading out to work these days takes a lot of preparation. Hair tied up, mask on and don’t you dare forget your hand sanitizer! It is important to stay vigilant and stay safe these days, especially when you travel to work on a daily basis. It is also equally important to make sure that these safety precautions do not impact your skin in the long run.
One of the biggest side effects of wearing a mask all day is Mask-ne. When the fabric of the mask creates constant friction against the skin on your face, the skin irritation caused by this leads to an outbreak of acne. The mask also covers the lower half of your face, and this leads to clogged pores as the sweat on your face is blocked by the mask, again resulting in Acne. Acne, caused because of masks, are now commonly known as “mask-ne”.
Dry – Skin
Another side effect of all these precautions is dry skin, especially on your hand. It is an excellent practice to sanitize your hand often, but the constant exposure to alcohol rubs off all the natural oils from your hand, leading to dry skin.
So how do we keep our skin safe from these necessary precautions? It is very important to stick to a stringent post-work cleansing ritual to ensure that your skin is clean from all impurities and that it retains all its essential moisture.
Step 1: Cleanse
The moment you step into your house, make sure to cleanse your face and body with a mild yet effective cleanser. Avoid the harsh chemical cleansers as your skin is exposed to a heavy alcohol content from hand sanitizers. Opt for a mild cleansing agent that can cleanse your pores and clean up all that pollution and sweat.
Once a week, be sure to purify and deep cleanse your skin, with a mud mask or a sugar mask.
Step 2: Moisturize
Once you’ve cleansed and purified your skin, moisturize your skin with a gentle moisturizer such as the Lacto Calamine Lotion. The Calamine in the lotion will heal your skin from the irritation caused by the friction from the mask, and the witch hazel in the lotion will clear away the oil and dead skin cells while protecting the skin from bacteria and fungi. Don’t forget to apply the moisturizer on your hands as well, as this is the area that is most exposed to sanitizer, leading to excessive dryness.
It’s even better if you can use the lotion as a night cream so that your skin has time to heal and recover before the next day.
Step 3: Wash your reusable mask, every day.
Your mask traps in moisture for a significant time frame during the day. This accumulated moisture is a breeding ground for all types of bacteria, which is also a cause for Maskne. In addition, your mask protects you from external impurities, and this is why it is imperative for you to wash your reusable mask every day. It is highly recommended to use a cotton or linen mask, as the naturally breathable fabric can trap particles and keep them from reaching your nose. Whichever mask you use, do not forget to wash them every day, or if you use a single-use mask, replace the mask every day and do not re-use single-use masks.
We all need to stay safe during these times, not only for us but for our loved ones. But that does not mean that we should compromise on our skincare. The simple steps of cleansing and moisturizing are easy enough to stay safe and keep your skin protected during these times.
Written by Shana