1. Exfoliate Daily
During the summer months, excess humidity and sweat can often cause an increase in breakouts. The vapour under your mask from breathing and talking will increase the humidity surrounding your skin, resulting in a potential for acne to occur. Wearing a mask is important to stop the spread of COVID-19. But as dirt and moisture have a greater chance of getting trapped in your skin, it’s important to take the right skincare steps to avoid additional breakouts. Exfoliation is key! Exfoliating works to remove dirt and dead skin from the surface of your skin while deeply cleansing your pores. A deep clean will help keep your skin fresh and clear. Exfoliating also helps to increase circulation, promoting your skin’s natural healing process. For daily exfoliation, we recommend using a gentle, natural-based product that won’t irritate your skin.
2. Turn down the temperature in the shower
Hot water can strip your skin and hair of their natural protective oils, resulting in dryness, dullness, and breakouts. It’s important to preserve your skin’s natural protective oils as much as possible, especially when wearing a face covering such as a mask. By using cooler water in the shower, you can maintain the integrity of your skin’s natural oils and help lock in moisture. Remember, hydrated skin is happy skin!
Eco-conscious bonus: Using cooler water will result in less energy consumption, helping the planet and your wallet!
3. Change your mask
Choosing to wear a cotton mask (when applicable) may help prevent maskne. A lot of people may not realize the amount of bacteria that accumulates on your mask throughout the day. Keep yourself safe and your skin clear by properly changing your mask about three-five times per day. Remember - be sure to properly wash and/or sanitize your hands before and after applying and removing your mask to avoid transmitting the virus. If you are choosing to wear a reusable mask, store your used mask in a plastic bag after use and properly wash it as soon as you are able. Do not reuse masks that have not been properly cleaned. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly each time you come in contact with the mask.
4. Use the right moisturizer
As we said, hydration is key to maintaining beautiful looking skin. Since your skin may be covered a little more than usual these days, it’s important to find a moisturizer that will provide hydration without clogging your pores. A common misconception is that adding moisture, specifically moisture from facial oils, will cause your skin to breakout. This is not true! In fact, skin that lacks moisture will overproduce sebum in an attempt to balance your moisture levels. This can make your skin become oily and break out. To restore moisture, we recommend using a natural-based moisturizer that will compliment your skin type.
I’ve been experiencing “maskne” and I want to use the right moisturizer for my skin type, but I’m not sure which product will be best for me. Does Oh My Garden! make facial oils specifically for each skin type?