This year has been different for a lot of reasons with one of the biggest differences being face masks. To make sure we’re keeping ourselves and others safe, it’s become important to cover your mouth and nose to help prevent COVID-19 from spreading. Of course, this can offer some challenges we’re not used to like keeping up with our skincare routine. As your skin continues to adjust to daily mask-wearing, check out our tips for how to give your skin the care it deserves!
First things first, take proper care of your skin while wearing a mask by picking the right material. You’re going to be wearing it a lot so it’s worth it to find one that’s best for your unique skin type. We suggest buying a cotton mask because it’s softer and more breathable, which is best for anyone with sensitive skin. Just remember to get a size that’s both comfortable and adequately covers your face so you’re not constantly adjusting and touching it.
We’ve all heard about washing our hands, but did you know that you should also be washing your mask when coming home from school, work, the store, or any other crowded place?
Luckily, it’s super easy! All you have to do is take off your mask without touching the front of it and put it in the washer in hot water or with soap if it’s washed by hand. This will help make sure that bacteria won’t get stored in your mask and clog up your pores that can lead to acne and other skin irritations.
Moisturizing your skin is always important and it’s become an even bigger deal this year. Especially as we head into the colder months, your skin can get dry and irritated easily. The last thing you want is to have your mask constantly rubbing against areas on your skin that already feel uncomfortable. Prevent getting these red areas by setting some time each night to wash off your skin and apply moisturizer.
Don’t worry, this tip only applies to the area covered by your face mask. Since you won’t be showing off anything below your nose, you might want to consider avoiding any lipstick or foundation. Not only is no one going to see it anyway, but putting on makeup that’s covered by a mask can lead to major skin problems.
With the makeup constantly rubbing up against your mask, those areas will quickly clog up your pores and cause breakouts. Instead, spend that time and give some extra attention to your eyes! It’s the perfect way to try out new makeup designs and will make them pop while wearing your mask.
It’s one thing to wear a mask for an hour or two when going to the store, but most people who aren’t home have to wear them all day. Even if you’re following all our other tips, your skin should still have a chance to breathe throughout the day. When you’re socially distanced outside or in your car, use the opportunity to take off your mask for a little bit to give your skin a break. Make sure to wash your hands first and stay at least six feet away from anyone else when doing this.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to care for your skin, an education in our esthetics program could be the perfect start to your career! In our classes, we teach students techniques in facials, waxing, eyebrow extensions, makeup application, and much more. Contact us if you want to learn more about how you can start learning beauty safely now!