Having to wear face coverings for extended periods of time has become a reality for all of us. Unfortunately this brings with it additional skin issues: breakouts, dryness, dermatitis flare ups, irritation etc. Wearing face masks in the long-term, whilst a necessity, is also a breeding ground for bacterial proliferation. It essentially creates an environment where skin barrier defences are being weakened. I recently wrote a blog post highlighting the barrier repairing skincare I’d recommend to treat skin long-term. Today’s Sunday Facial is a continuation of that looking at products to treat face mask skin problems.
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When it comes to choosing a suitable face mask, I recommend picking a natural fibre face mask such as silk, cotton or a blend of both as these reduce surface friction. Silk in particular is naturally breathable & antimicrobial – these Slip Silk Masks* are my favourite. And of course, it’s crucial to be extra diligent with your skincare regime. Incorporate products that will keep skin clear and also provide all the key ingredients to support healthy skin function.
Today’s Sunday Facial aims to do just that. Beginning with a thorough skin cleanse with Teoxane AHA Cleansing Gel to reduce congestion especially around covered skin at the jawline. The glycolic and fruit acids in this cleanser will also work to refresh and revive the skin. A second exfoliating step to gently rebalance the complexion is Royal Fern’s Phytoactive Skin Perfecting Essence*. As a toner it also removes any further impurities and you can target this to the areas you need it most. This is packed full of antioxidant-rich fern extracts and will aid in skin protection against environmental stressors.
I love a good cream mask and the Valmont Prime Renew Pack* provides moisture and delivers essential nutrients to plump skin. With a cocktail of peptides and Cellular Prime Complex, it boosts the complexion and reduces the appearance of fine lines and skin fatigue. I’d recommend this for dry and mature skin types. For further skin treatment, I’ve been using the Medik8 Bakuchiol Peptides* which gently evens skin texture and optimises skin function. It’s also a brilliantly soothing skin serum.
The final three skincare steps are all about hydrating and replenishing the skin. I adore the Sisley Sisleya Eye and Lip Contour Cream* which seals in moisture and prevents transepidermal water loss. To moisturiser I’ve been reaching for the Tata Harper Water-Lock Moisturiser* which lightly hydrates whilst replenishing the skin barrier. It also has a refreshing gel-cream texture. A final layer of nourishment is with the La Prairie Swiss Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil*. It’s not heavy on the skin and truly supports the lipid layer function creating a protective shield on the skin from your mask.