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Mind Your Skin and Makeup Under Your Mask
We are all aware of the importance of wearing face masks to protect ourselves, loved ones and the vulnerable in society.
Government guidelines now require all front line retail staff and customers in stores to wear masks. We have compiled this expert guide as a helpful resource to those whose skin is experiencing a mild reaction such as redness or minor breakouts to wearing face masks. It also offers guidance to those who wish to wear makeup under their mask but due to the humidity now need to adapt their usual routine to ensure makeup longevity.
We recommend consulting with your GP or a medical expert for expert medical skincare advice including open sores, acne and all other more serious issues.
Gently Does It
Like any skincare concern, when skin is irritated it is important to go back to basics and use the most clean and calming ingredients to help soothe and protect your skin. Where possible, let the skin breathe and stick to trusted cleansing and moisturising routines with gentle serums if required. It is also advisable to stop using acids that may irritate the skin such as Retinol and Vitamin C.
Sensitive skin may become irritated after prolonged periods of wearing masks; or skin may become irritated by heavy makeup and the warm weather and humidity.
How To Care For Your Skin While Wearing A Mask?
Continue your morning and evening skincare routines. Cleansing and nourishing the skin daily will ensure skin barrier maintenance and repair.
If you have oily or acne prone skin use a face wash with salicylic acid twice a day to keep pores clean and prevent pimples. SKINGREDIENTS The Sally Cleanse contains 2% Salicylic Acid for the strongest spot-zapping product on the market.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
It’s also important to use a lightweight moisturiser to hydrate your skin. Beauty Stylist, Elena Costello recommends using a lightweight, oil-free moisturiser with hyaluronic acid as the anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties of hyaluronic acid will moisturise the skin and prevent skin irritation. SUNDAY RILEY Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream is oil-free and super hydrating. Dr. Jart’s Ceramidin Cream also offers a reliable moisturising barrier with 5-Multi Ceramides to help protect skin.
What Makeup Should I Wear With A Face Mask?
If you will be wearing a mask for a prolonged period of time, you can adapt your routine and go for a lighter look, or opt for high performance makeup with humidity-proof staying power.
If opting for a lightweight base, consider hydrating ingredients to allow your skin to breathe, such as tinted moisturisers and BB creams. You could also opt for a facial false tan such as Tan Luxe to add colour to your complexion while allowing skin to breathe naturally.
Choosing Your Base
Clinique ID Dramatically Different Moisturising BB Gel offers beautiful universal buildable coverage while also providing hydration for irritated skin.
Buildable false tan adds a healthy glow to the skin while allowing skin to breathe. Tan Luxe The Face Tan Drops can be mixed with your moisturiser to add a subtle glow to your daily routine.
Setting Your Look
Beauty Stylist, Elena Costello recommends setting your foundation in place with CHARLOTTE TILBURY Airbrush Flawless Finish - Skin Perfecting Micro-Powder , this micro-fine powder allows skin to breathe while blurring away lines and imperfections. Apply a lightweight mattifying spray to refresh skin and control shine and oil on the surface without disturbing makeup. MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ Matte.
All About The Eyes
There’s never been a better time to focus on your eye makeup. Try swapping your neutral shadows for shimmery shadow such as Charlotte Tilbury’s Bigger Brighter Eyes Palette, or long wear liner to open up the eyes. Be sure to finish with layers of mascara for flutter-worthy lashes at all times of the day. We recommend NARS Climax Mascara for intense volume.
It's important to remember that everyone's skincare and beauty needs are different, and these are only our generalised recommendations to help you revolutionise your beauty routine to keep up with the changing health guidelines.