For most of us, wearing a mask has become a regular part of life. When we leave the house, our mantra is now, “phone, money, keys, mask”. And while we’re totally all for keeping each other safe, our skin didn’t quite get the memo.
Wearing a mask has seen a sharp rise in skin issues (maskne, anyone?), and we’re here to nip them in the bud.
1. Up Your Water Intake
For something new and different for us, we’re going to remind you to get your 2 litres of H2O a day. Your blood cells, which carry oxygen and nutrients (yes, the important parts) are 80% water, so boosting your hydration is critical to making sure your cells work at their optimum level.
Water is also a key part of the collagen production process, making it super important for skin elasticity and clearing any inflammation.
Water helps to flush out toxins from the body. Toxins and bacteria, that if left unchecked, cause issues like acne. In a nutshell, water is your best friend if maskne has made its home on your skin - rude! Seriously, grab a glass of water right now. You’ll thank us later.
2. Pop on a Serum Underneath Your Mask
Our secret weapon is using the Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum underneath your mask. It contains niacinamide, a skin repairing ingredient and a favourite here at esmi HQ. It is ideal for protection against environmental factors like pollution and toxins. Plus, it is great for fighting acne! Being water based, this Skin Treat is super gentle and won't irritate the skin.
Use a few drops underneath your moisturiser or oil before you grab your mask and head out into the world.
3. Keep Makeup Minimal
One of the perks of wearing a mask (you know, aside from the obvious) is less time spent on your makeup. Not only is half of your face covered, but wearing heavy makeup can contribute to breakouts. Think of it like this, makeup + steamy breath + sweat + no way for it to escape = bacteria and congestion city. Now is the time to focus on quality skincare that is going to soothe and clear your skin.
Having said that, we are suckers for a bold eye look to keep you looking fresh while the lower half of your face is in hiding.
4. Our Probiotic Skin Mylck Range
Wearing face masks creates an environment that nasty bacteria love. You? Not so much. It can result in rashes, dermatitis and eczema flare ups. What you need is an army of good bacteria. Time to send in the probiotic soldiers.
Our Probiotic Skincare Range harnesses the calming and restorative powers of good bacteria. They are anti-inflammatory, balance skin microflora, replenish skin moisture and strengthen the skin barrier. So yes, they’re pretty darn good. Try our Skin Mylck Cleanser to send bad bacteria packing and the Skin Mylck plus Anti-Redness lotion if flare ups and acne have you stressed.
Feeding your skin with bacteria that actually protects and nourishes it will make a world of difference.
5. Hydrate with Moisture-Rich Skincare
When we wear masks, our skin can become compromised and dehydrated, sometimes resulting in some less than comfortable dry patches. Time to welcome the hydrating skincare.
When you get home and take your mask off (how good does that feel, just by the way), cleanse your skin with a gentle, barrier-protecting cleanser like the Skin Mylck Cleanser or The Uncomplicated Cleanser to remove any dirt or bacteria that has been trapped under your mask.
Then, lather on the Hyaluronic Hydrating Booster Mask and leave it on for 10-20 minutes before washing it off to give your skin a serious drink of water. A little bonus here is dabbing on a few drops of the Anti-Redness Minty Green Smoothie Skin Treat to calm any inflammation. Top things off with a light but effective moisturiser or oil. We know we’re a broken record here but our Probiotic Skin Mylck really is a must here.
Just the thought of wearing a mask doesn’t have to send your skin into a tizz! Believe it or not, it is actually possible to stay safe, and keep your skin happy. Get in touch with our Skin Service for more information on mask-related skin concerns.