At the moment, the mask is one of the indispensable accessories in public places. Ata time when it is mandatory, however, some skins are prone to skin irritation. But how can you continue to take care of your skin despite wearing a mask? Follow Sybarite's advice!
What are the skin risks when wearing a mask?
Wearing a mask is now mandatory in all public places because of the Covid-19 crisis. Some are even obliged to work all day long with it. Although it is now an integral part of our daily life, the mask does however cause some inconvenience, which fortunately can be reduced.
Skin problems due to the mask are more and more reported: indeed, wearing the mask creates a kind of warm and humid microclimate in the lower part of the face. It can cause unpleasant reactions: pimple eruptions, itching and burning sensations around the lips. Wearing the mask can thus aggravate pre-existing dermatological problems: eczema, psoriasis, impetigo, atopic or seborrheic dermatitis.
This hot and humid microclimate accentuates the fragility of sensitive skin and aggravates the symptoms of acne-prone skin. In fact, the frictionthe heatthe perspiration and moisture caused by the mask promote the proliferation of bacteria and microbes, which modify the pH and unbalance the microbiota. The mask can therefore lead to a defective skin barrier and trigger a cascade of inflammatory reactions..
How can I put up with the mask better?
Although it is important to wear the mask to limit the spread of the virus, many people wonder how to support it all day long. Some are also forced to wear it in public places, outside of the Covid-19 economic crisis.
Let's not forget also people who suffer from chronic illness leading to immune weakness, and who are obliged to wear the mask every day (outside the health crisis) to avoid all types of virus.
Indeed, many people declare that they do not tolerate the mask for more than a certain period of time: respiratory discomfort, headaches, skin problems, ear pain, fogging of glasses etc..
To better support the mask and limit its impact on the skin, there are fortunately simple solutions to integrate into your daily life. As a reminder, a well worn mask is a mask that covers the nose, mouth and chin. The mask should be changed every 4 hours.
Use a cloth mask rather than a surgical mask.
Wearing a mask in cotton cloth is much less irritating to the skin. Indeed, a mask made of cotton fabric lets the skin breathe more, and filters out at least 90% of the particles emitted by the carrier of the virus. We insist on using a cotton mask, and on paying close attention to the components present in certain textiles, which can also trigger allergies. Your textile mask must also comply with filtration and breathability requirements.
Be aware that surgical masks increase irritation due to their synthetic neoprene composition. The fabric mask therefore takes better care of your skin than the surgical mask.
Plus, it's good for the planet!
Using a washable textile mask is a huge benefit for the planet. Indeed, many people throw their surgical masks in the streets when they are no longer usable. From an ecological point of view, the fabric mask is much more environmentally friendly: it is washable and reusable.
How do you care for your skin with the mask?
At the moment, your skin is put to the test: your face is covered for several hours and is therefore a little upset. Indeed, the skin of your face is thin and therefore reacts quickly to external aggressions. And under the mask, the skin "suffocates".
Wearing the mask causes friction on the skin. As a result, your skin is irritated. You may feel tingling on your face and see redness, itching, pimples... But then, how can you continue to take care of your skin with the mask? Here's our skin care routine to pamper your face and limit the impact of the mask.
Cleanse your skin every day
To limit the proliferation of bacteria under the mask, it is important that you cleanse your face well, morning and evening. Use a cleansing treatment adapted to your skin type so as not to further weaken your epidermis. The most important time of the day to cleanse your face is of course after wearing the mask, at the end of the day to remove the impurities that have accumulated. Choose your organic facial cleanser adapted to your skin type among the good products of Sybarite.
Make an exfoliating mask once a week.
Once a week, do a gentle exfoliation and a purifying mask. These treatments will deeply eliminate impurities and bacteria accumulated under the mask. The exfoliant cleanses perfectly and removes dead skin. In addition, it tones and softens the skin. Scrub or exfoliating mask and purifying products help eliminate the accumulation of sebum and perspiration that suffocates your skin. Be sure to use an organic product with natural ingredients so as not to damage your skin.
Moisturize your skin well before and after wearing the mask.
Hydration is essential to take care of your skin when wearing the mask. Apply a moisturizing cream in the morning and evening to protect your face from irritation and rubbing of the mask. Turn to good products with natural compositions to respect your skin as much as possible. If the back of your ears are irritated with the mask, do not hesitate to moisturize them as well. You can also opt for a moisturising mask to complement your skincare creams.
In case of skin lesions on the nose or ears
If wearing the mask causes skin lesions on the nose and ears, don't hesitate to apply a healing and soothing cream to help your skin repair itself. Natural products are highly recommended, such as aloe vera or green clay, which helps to heal well. Indeed, these natural elements capture and eliminate bacteria that may have penetrated the wound.
Émake sure you see as much of the makeup under the mask as possible.
Makeup isn't just for women. Indeed, men nowadays appreciate to illuminate their complexion with a discreet foundation, or concealer. However, make-up under the mask feeds the proliferation of bacteria. The skin is as if suffocated, it is therefore necessary to limit make-up as much as possible when you have sensitive skin, or when you are prone to skin problems.
Moisturize your lips well under the mask
With the mask on, you may have dry or chapped lips. Some of you may even have beadswhich result in skin lesions at the corner of the lips. Pearls are an inflammation mostly caused by infections or fungi such as Candida. Wearing a mask, since it accelerates the multiplication of bacteria, may be the cause of this skin manifestation, which is not always easy to get rid of.
To avoid dry lips and limit the proliferation of bacteria, clean your lips well and apply a special cream regularly. Repairing lip balms are the most effective in this case. They protect the skin, gently repair and moisturize your lips. To learn more about how to have beautiful, soft and moisturized lips all year round, click here.
How to avoid pimples with the mask?
In addition to your beauty routine to take care of your face with the mask (washing, exfoliation and hydration), one of the first things to do to avoid pimples is to wash your cloth mask regularly. A dirty mask is covered with bacteria that settle on the skin. It is therefore important to make sure that the mask is clean and that the maximum duration of use, i.e. 4 hours, is not exceeded.
Indeed, under the mask, the skin is also confined! As a natural reaction, the pores become clogged, causing the appearance of small pimples. For sensitive skin that already has pimples, acne or blackheads, remember to use natural skin care products adapted to your skin type to help get rid of them, but also to prevent their appearance:
- The Problem Skin Serum organic allows you to make imperfections disappear quickly while leaving your skin hydrated, purified and supple!
- The Sybarite Anti-Oily Skin and Pimples Face Kit offers you the ideal solution to say goodbye to all your problems. Scrub, pimple remover pen, serum, mattifying care and capsules of borage and evening primrose oils make up this set.
So when you are alone, remember to remove your mask to let your skin breathe. You can also spray thermal water on your faceto counteract the effects of the mask. Indeed, thermal water is renowned for its soothing benefits, especially on skin inflammations due to its high calcium and magnesium content.
Which products should I use to take care of my face with the mask?
While it is important to take care of your face while wearing the mask, you must choose your cleansing, moisturizing and exfoliating products carefully. Choose organic and natural cosmetic products so as not to damage the skin. It is all the more important to use quality products when wearing the mask.
À The chemicals in conventional cosmetics basically suffocate and damage the skin. With the mask, these toxic substances accelerate the development of skin problems (pimples, blackheads, dryness).
It is better for your health to use organic, plant-based cosmetics. These have exceptional benefits that do not harm your skin and let it breathe. To help you keep your skin healthy and beautiful with the mask, here is our selection of natural products:
- Organic Face and Beard Cleanser This organic facial cleanser is an excellent sebum regulator. Ideal to prevent and eliminate pimples, it purifies and removes impurities. À Based on aloe vera, camomile and coconut, this organic care product softens your skin and protects it from bacteria, which multiply when wearing the mask.
- Face Mask with honey and organic shea butter This mask with jojoba oil and sesame oil is the best solution to moisturize your skin naturally. Honey and shea butter are ultra-gentle and nourishing active ingredients, ideal to help the skin gently repair itself after wearing the mask.
- Organic Face Scrub This excellent scrub removes dead skin and blackheads from all men. Gently and deeply cleanses and purifies the skin. Thanks to plum and pomegranate seed extracts, this scrub promotes cell renewal and eliminates impurities accumulated from the mask.
- Organic Vanilla Lip Balm With shea butter, cocoa and natural vanilla extracts, this lip balm seduces all Sybarites. More than a classic lip balm, its gourmet and natural ingredients protect against dehydration. Perfect when you wear a mask daily! It also helps to regenerate the skin. Dry and combination lips, your lips are beautiful, soft and moisturized despite wearing a mask.