Face masks are too important as we face one of the biggest pandemics our world has ever seen. As many of us try and protect ourselves and our loved ones by wearing one, a reusable face mask is not something many of us are used to wearing ever, let alone as we go about our daily lives even outside. As we all scour the world looking for them, many of us are creating our own or buying them online and you may think that is all you need to worry about doing…just getting one. Not so, as we STILL must be conscious about how it will affect our faces.
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Worrying about the Corona virus is not all you need to think about when wearing and using a non-surgical face mask. As many of you probably already know, you need to clean the darned thing but do you know why and how to do it and how it can negatively effect your face? Probably not as I didn’t and even though I run a skincare blog, I am always eager to learn what is important in ever-changing skincare tips.
Our skin, especially our faces is the first thing we see and with the covering of a face mask does not mean we don’t want our skin to glow any less great than before. I enlisted the help of Molly Lamb, a licensed esthetician, to aid in how to keep our faces blemish free while we fight this pandemic. Molly Lamb is the owner of Skin by Molly and DMK Skincare. Molly feels that beautiful skin takes work,
“As a skin revisionist, I believe that beautiful skin comes from the inside out. Diet, genetics, and hormones all play a key role in the health of our skin. Even during these difficult times, I urge everyone to stay on top of your skin care regime. Reach out to your local esthetician as many are offering delivery and curbside pickup of your favorite products. Many are also doing virtual consultations to help you navigate around your skin care needs.”
Face masks are necessary right now, but they can cause problems with your skin. While they can be uncomfortable physically (and emotionally), they are important, so we can keep ourselves and others safe. Here are six things you can do at home to make sure your skin underneath remains bacteria-free.
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Here are some skincare tips from Molly that will keep your face mask clean and in turn keep your skin glowing.
1. Keep your mask clean. Wash in hot soapy water after EVERY use. This includes the disposable surgical masks.
2. The moisture from your breath being trapped is a breeding ground for bacteria. Be sure to cleanse your face thoroughly after wear and before going to bed.
3. Now is a great time to add a weekly clay mask as a pore purifying treatment. I personally like the Acu Mask from DMK.
4. Include make-up free days. Your face is pretty much covered already, so try to limit your foundation wear. Not having makeup will help to ward off breakouts since the masks will trap all moisture.
5. Friction can lead to irritation. Add a calming serum with Beta Glucan to reduce inflammation.
6. Adding an acid toner or mask with AHAs/BHAs to exfoliate will help to flush out pore while thoroughly exfoliating dead skin cells that cause breakouts.
Our skincare is important. While many of us are focusing on not eating everything in the damn fridge, don’t forget the importance of keeping our skin clear, clean and beautiful. Face masks are going to be in our lives a long time and may stay forever. Who know? All I DO know is that proper maintenance of our face masks requires real work that isn’t that hard and will make for a more beautiful you in the end.
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Stay safe, wear your face masks and keep them clean Naturals!