Has wearing a mask left you with sore skin or acne around your nose, ears and mouth? Here we share our tips for protecting your skin from 'maskne' when wearing a face mask.
Calm soreness with a salve
Our Soothing Baby Salve is a must-have for calming face mask irritation. Its natural, eczema-friendly formula is ideal for delicate skin and combines anti-inflammatory Hemp Seed oil with calming Calendula.
Skin feels instantly softer after application and the Lavender essential oil provide a calming effect on the senses that is great for helping you to sleep soundly.
HOW CAN A SKIN SALVE REDUCE FRICTION IRRITATION WHEN WEARING A FACE MASK?
Applying a natural balm to the skin before your face mask provides a layer between your skin and the face mask fabric to reduce your risk of friction irritation and keep your skin feeling comfortable.
Skin salves should always be applied prior to fixing your face mask and smoothed onto any areas the mask touches, including the nose, cheekbones and behind the ears.
To protect against face mask irritation, the salve should be applied sparingly and reapplied as and when required.
TOP TIP: To create a natural stress-relieving balm apply a little of the Soothing Baby Salve to the temples and the insides of the wrists and breathe in the delicate Lavender aroma.
Fight spots with face wash
Stress can play havoc with your spot-prone skin and so can friction from your face mask. To reduce your risk of face mask breakouts and blemishes cleanse your skin twice daily with a natural antibacterial Foaming Face Wash.
AVOID SKIN-DRYING ALCOHOLS
For a complexion that feels fresh and clear, opt for a face wash that contains skin-balancing plant extracts. Avoid washing the face with skin care products containing skin-drying alcohols as these can further irritate sore, dry skin.
SWITCH FROM SLS
Like some alcohols, the synthetic foaming ingredient Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) can be incredibly drying and even if your skin usually tolerates SLS, stress levels can leave skin more sensitive to irritation.
GRAVITATE TOWARDS GREEN TEA
A cup of Green Tea is brimming with antioxidant catechins that calm red, sore spots and blemishes.
Green Tea a key ingredient in our Foaming Face Wash for adults prone to spots. This SLS-free natural anti-blemish face wash balances blemish-prone skin to leave it feeling fresh and clear.
TOP TIP: When cleansing skin that’s been irritated by face mask use choose a gentle foaming face wash and work this into damp skin before splashing the skin with tepid water to remove any excess. Choose a soft towel to dry your face and gently pat this onto the skin.
Support your skin with prebiotics
Prebiotics support the skin’s supply of ‘good bacteria’ and regularly using prebiotic-based spot care products can help to safe-guard your skin against invasion from acne bacteria.
Prebiotics are a key ingredient our Day Solution Moisturiser. This also contains Willow Bark, a non-irritating, anti-inflammatory ingredient which is a rich source of naturally occurring salicylic acid.
Soothe with a facial spritz
A light, hydrating facial mist is an easy way to deliver instant relief to stressed, sore skin and is great for replenishing depleted facial moisture levels.
A little of our light-weight Toning Hydrating Mist goes a long way and delivers a fresh, fragrant burst of Orange Blossom and Rosewater which help to cool the skin when you’re feeling frazzled.
WHY IS TONING HYDRATING MIST SO GOOD FOR FACE MASK WEARERS?
IT’S MADE WITH ULTRA-HYDRATING ORGANIC ALOE VERA
This soothing succulent is rich in skin-nourishing polysaccharides, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. It also contains mucopolysaccharides which are highly hydrating and increase skin’s elasticity.
IT CONTAINS SKIN-HEALING PLANT HORMONES
Aloe Vera juice also contains traces of two hormones that deliver anti-inflammatory action to the skin. The hormone Gibrellin also stimulates new skin cells and helps damaged skin to heal.
ITS NATURAL PLANT EXTRACTS DELIVER AN EMOLLIENT EFFECT
Toning Hydrating Mist is also made with Marshmallow root, a skin-calming extract with emollient-like properties. This natural ingredient relieves skin redness and helps to protect the skin’s natural supply of hyaluronic acid.
TOP TIP: Has wearing a face mask caused you to shave your beard or facial hair? You can also use the Toning Hydrating Mist to soothe areas of the skin that feel sensitive after shaving.
If you are suffering from face mask irritation and need help finding the right skin care regime, we are happy to help.
Our UK customer care team can help you to find natural products to support your skin’s individual needs. Call us on 01403 740350 or contact us @GreenPeopleUK.