And how to take care of your skin despite wearing the mask?
Does the “maskne” speak to you? Pure product of the year 2020, this English portmanteau word designates acne caused by wearing a mask, made compulsory in all closed public spaces since July 20. The mask quickly became part of our habits to become an integral part of the "life after" and allow us to live with the virus. But if it considerably reduces the risk of transmission of viral particles, it also causes a completely different problem (less serious, of course): it can create blackheads, comedones, irritations... not very sexy once you remove The mask. As nobody likes pimples, we explain how to avoid it and keep skin smooth and soft in all circumstances.
Use your mask correctly
Whether you're on a disposable or reusable mask, follow the recommendations for use. First, it is important to change the surgical or FFP2 mask after each use, so that it is always effective. If you prefer the fabric mask, don't forget to put it in the washing machine for 30 minutes at 60° after wearing it for more than 3 hours. This hot water wash will kill viral particles, but also bacteria and germs that can settle on your face and give rise to nasty pimples.
You can also combine machine washing with an iron if the fabric tolerates it, just to be sure to have a clean level niquel mask. And so you don't have to do a machine a day, get several masks so you can rotate and always have a clean one on hand.
Take a mask that suits your skin
Choose your mask according to the reactions of your epidermis. For example, if your skin does not support synthetic materials, avoid this type of fabric. In general, a cotton mask remains quite soft for the skin since it will cause little irritation. The surgical mask can create friction at the attachment points after a certain period of use. On the other hand, the fabric mask is more opaque than the surgical mask... It's up to you to make the right choice according to what you support best.
Clean your face
Wearing a mask is a bit like immersing your face in a tropical jungle. Ok, let's broaden the line a bit, but overall that's it: under the fabric, breathing creates a warm and humid environment that will be more difficult to evacuate. In short, the perfect recipe to see imperfections appear on your chin or cheeks. When possible, wash your face after removing your mask, using a mild product so as not to irritate the epidermis. If you don't know it yet, you can turn to our facial cleanser , formulated with aloe vera and hemp oil: practical thanks to its stick format, a gentle passage on your face in the morning and evening enough to hydrate, soften and regenerate your skin.
To reinforce your skin's natural protection, apply a moisturizer (preferably light) to your skin after washing your face, morning and evening. Hydration will notably act as a barrier against the friction caused by wearing the mask. You can use a cream specifically adapted to your skin depending on whether it is dry, combination or oily… or you can stay in the aloe vera - hemp oil mood by trying our moisturizing jelly , formulated to adapt to all skin types. Thanks to its non-greasy texture, this skincare moment gives you a rather cool refreshing effect in summer, in addition to making your face very soft.
Before moisturizing or after applying makeup, you can also spray yourself with our protective mist . Light and thin, it leaves no trace on your face while acting as a shield against external aggressions. For beautiful skin, no secret: it must be protected.
Take it easy on makeup
Avoid smothering your skin under a layer of makeup and a layer of fabric! The simplest thing is to shorten your make-up sessions, especially avoiding foundation: stay natural, your skin will thank you. Especially since in summer, between the sun and sea bathing, covering powders and creams are not really essential, on the contrary. You have a tanned complexion and cheekbones reddened by the sun, so the foundation and the blush we do without, right? And then you can always highlight your eyes since the latest news, they are not covered by the mask.
Still, in your bathroom, it is important to use non-comedogenic products on your face: this is valid for creams and treatments as well as for make-up. Indeed, a comedogenic product will clog the pores of the skin and promote the appearance of blackheads and pimples... to be avoided, therefore.
Avoid touching your face
We drag our hands everywhere and to fight against acne it is better to limit contact between hands and face. If you touch your face, try to wash your hands first with soap, or with cleansing hand gel if there is no sink nearby.
And if blackheads or other blackheads have poked their noses on your face, don't touch them! I promise, the pimple will go away more quickly on its own rather than if you get it into your head to get rid of it. Because by touching a pimple, you create an inflammation that will only make things worse (we have all already experienced this). The right attitude: you forget the temptation to pierce your pimple and you treat the comedone locally, with a product that will dry out and then reduce the imperfection. And in addition, you reduce the risk of seeing scars appear afterwards.
With all these tips, in other words, you should have the silkiest skin under your mask. And now you can explain to your friends what “maskne” means.