As we move into the ‘new normal’, one of the changes we’re having to quickly become used to is the introduction of mask-wearing to our day-to-day lives. We know it’s a small ask, but for many of us, it’s started playing havoc with our skin. Astonishingly, google searches for the new hybrid term ‘maskne’ are up huge 811%. But fear not! There are ways you can stay safe, covered and keep your skin healthy and glowing too.
So firstly, what is ‘maskne’ and WHY is it happening?
The term ‘maskne’ has been coined for the form of acne mechanica that’s leaving mask-wearers with breakouts in the areas that come into contact with their face covering. This is due to the friction caused on the surface of the skin whilst wearing a mask, which can result in the clogging of pores, and therefore, spots and areas of dry skin.
Keep it clean
Before we even get to skincare, when wearing a mask, it’s SO important to think about its cleanliness. Even once your skincare routine is nailed, it’s still of utmost necessity to only use a clean mask. Luckily for us, there are plenty of reusable, washable options available, made of soft and skin-friendly materials like cotton. It’s recommended that you wash your mask frequently, and whilst you’re not using it, it’s stored in a clean, bacteria-free environment. Using a softer material mask will also limit friction, and the risk of ‘maskne’ altogether.
Get to grips with your skincare routine
Now more than ever, that twice a day cleanse is essential. In the midst of British summer, wearing a face covering - with a particular focus on using public transport- could cause a build up of sweat and sebum, leading to those unwanted ‘maskne’ breakouts. Allow your skin to breathe, and go make-up free if you can. But most importantly, remove sebum and dirt build up both day and night with a thorough cleansing routine. Use a hydrating moisturiser to rebalance the skin's barrier and of course, make the most of your topical treatments. Streamlining your skincare rituals is key, ensuring that you’re using products containing clinically tested ingredients, backed up by skin-science.
Enter: Radiance Ritual
Talking of topical treatments, our Radiance Ritual mask is here to help. Using a balance of AHA’s and BHA’s for gentle exfoliation, our glow mask helps slough off the top layer of dead skin cells, leaving your skin fresh and healthy. The highly hydrating ingredients in Radiance Ritual, like sugarcane squalane, prickly pear seed oil and vitamin E help with aiding skin moisture, protecting it’s barrier and restoring bounce to skin that experienced bouts of dryness, all whilst soothing irritation. The potent 10% glycolic acid in our glow mask is imperative for tacking blemishes, as well as working on hyperpigmentation from acne, or in this case, ‘maskne’ scarring.
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