BEAUTY & WELLNESS
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By: Fola Onifade
The CDC guidelines suggesting that people wear masks in public is the latest form of protection. However, it has also created new concerns regarding our skin.
For those who wear masks often or for long periods of time, the rubbing of fabric against the skin could lead to friction and irritation. Skin under the mask can also become damp from the moisture in our breath, making it susceptible to breakout. Similarly, sweat, dirt or makeup can build up in the fabric and may cause rashes or acne.
To take care of your skin while protecting yourself and others around you, keep in mind these simple rules for wearing a face mask.
Choose a breathable cotton face cover.
The fabric of your face mask can make a huge difference, and experts recommend a mask made of breathable fabric like cotton. You want it to be secure, but not too tight, and remember to touch the mask as little as possible. Check out the CDC's short video to learn how to make a simple, yet effective mask out of materials in your home.
Wash your face before and after wearing a mask.
During this time, you’ll want to hold off on using strong cleansers or exfoliators. Harsh facial cleansers can hurt the outer layer of your skin and increase the likelihood of an irritation from wearing a mask.
Instead, apply a gentle cleanser after you remove your mask. If you’re oily, look for a wash with salicylic acid to remove oil and dead cells. Use lukewarm to wash your face, since hot water can be abrasive to the skin.
Apply moisturizer containing key ingredients.
To prevent compromising your skin’s barrier from the constant rubbing of the mask, apply a moisturizer that includes the trifecta for fighting dryness and irritation: ceramides, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide. Ceramides are a natural skin component that replenish the skin barrier. Hyaluronic acid hydrates the skin by pulling moisture from the environment, and niacinamide (or vitamin B3) soothes the skin and reduces redness. SkinByAme's Raw Shea Butter, which has no additives, makes it the perfect cream to create a moisture barrier for ALL skin types.
If you’re experiencing irritation or inflammation, opt for healing and soothing protective ointments like CeraVe Healing Ointment.
Give your makeup some time off.
If you typically wear makeup on your entire face, it’s time to shift your application to only what’s above eye level. Dermatologists recommend limiting your use of heavy foundations and concealers to prevent clogged pores and breakouts caused by the increased humidity.
Taking care of your skin while wearing a mask will help prevent the spread of bacteria, viruses and infection. So, while these are strange times for everybody, the most important thing is to keep yourself and others safe.
COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic. For the latest information on symptoms, prevention, and other resources, visit the CDC website.
At Skin by Ame, self care is the epitome of what we do, so we couldn’t think of a better time to share our simple at-home facial with you. In six easy steps, you can experience one of our favorite self care practices from the comfort of your home.
First, start with an oil-based cleanser to remove any makeup or dead skin cells. Next, use a water-based cleanser to get any remaining particles.
Step 3. Exfoliate
Now that you have a clean slate, the next critical step is to exfoliate and prep your skin to absorb moisture and nutrients from your masks. We recommend either of the phsyical exfoliants pictured below if your skin is dull or dry, and be careful not to scratch too hard on your skin.
Use a chemical exfoliant like Paula's Choice BHA Liquid Exfoliant if you’re experiencing breakouts and oiliness and make sure to follow the instructions. Stay away from sugar scrubs which tend to overemphasize the pores, especially in the colder months.
Step 4. Steam
For this phase, we highly recommend you snag a facial steamer from Amazon, but if you’re in a pinch or want to go full DIY, you can simply fill an empty bowl with hot water (and maybe some orange slices) and cover your head with a towel. Allow the steam to open and penetrate your pores for 10 minutes.
If your skin is dull or dry, try a hydrating mask like our current favorite turmeric and cranberry mask from Kiehl's. Once you've removed your first mask, apply one of the sheet masks below to allow your skin to absorb healthy nutrients.
Step 6. Moisturize & Massage
Finally, finish off your facial with a moisturizer, like our Hydrating Face Cream, and a massage. We recommend starting with a serum or, you can choose to use our 100% Sweet Almond Oil as a sealant once you’ve applied a good moisturizer.
To massage, you can use our Jade Facial Roller, but your fingers will work just as well. Begin to massage your face by starting at the center of your chin and stroking up and outwards towards your cheekbones. Continue in this circular motion, massaging the center of your forehead and your nostrils. Don’t forget to give behind your ears a good rub.
While your mask is on (and during your self care sesh), give yourself permission to use this time mindfully. If you can, lie down, close your eyes and let the mask penetrate your skin. De-stress with some light reading or meditation. Self care isn’t just about the products, it’s about taking care of your whole body - from the outside in. Happy indulging!
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