How Skin Defender helps protect your skin whilst you protect others…
Glasses AND a mask? Traps the hot air you breathe out even more.
Working in hot weather? Even hotter for your skin under the mask.
End of a long day? Your skin will need some intense hydration and cleanse it gently, using nothing abrasive.
Despite your best intentions in choosing to wear a face mask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, or being advised you have to wear one at work, you now notice another problem – uncomfortable skin issues.
From rashes, to sore skin rubbing and breakouts, people are reporting uncomfortable side effects of wearing their face masks for a prolonged period of time.
A study published recently in the Journal of Wound Care from the University of Huddersfield, showed prolonged use of medical masks can cause inflammation and even pressure ulcers, which can lead to pain and infection. A leading dermatologist, Dr Anil Budh-Raja, says “face coverings can cause a multitude of problems for the skin, including rashes due to friction from rubbing, acne and eczema. If any part of the mask touches active acne, this can also aggravate the acne and create more inflamed spots, while severe eczema and psoriasis can also worsen.” The Dr continues: “In addition, edges of poor quality masks may also be sharp or abrasive and can cause substantial irritation, sores, or even cuts.”
Whether you are a front line worker, someone making a weekly trip to the supermarket, or going to work on public transport, wearing face masks is now an important part of our everyday day lives. Sadly, wearing the masks for some time daily can cause potential skin issues and irritations like those mentioned above.
Another leading dermatologist, Dr Greg Walker, based in Waco, USA suggests: “If you choose to wear a mask, you may need to take a little better care of your skin.” As always, this is even more relevant especially for those prone to acne-type issues because the pressing onto the face may cause rubbing, irritation or even blocked pores.
Also, for those of us who like to wear makeup under our masks, we may find our pores a little more clogged than usual. Others may find symptoms include dryness, itching and redness. This is called irritant contact dermatitis and this happens because of the extra heat from the mask. Also breathing and sweating create a very moist and humid under-mask-environment, which is a breeding ground for bacteria. If your skin is experiencing irritation from wearing a face mask, yet another leading dermatologist Dr Mahto advices us to “to take a break from using any harsh scrubs or chemical exfoliators that may worsen the problem.”
TIME TO RECONSIDER YOUR MAKEUP
As we know, face masks create a humid environment that can affect sebum production in your skin, leading to clogged pores and breakouts. If you are having unusual or more frequent breakouts around your nose, mouth, and chin, it might help to change your pore clogging foundation to my HEALING MINERAL FOUNDATIONS. If you prefer to keep it even lighter with just moisturiser and a little concealer on bad areas, my mineral concealers contain skin healing allantoin.
Whilst it isn’t necessary to avoid makeup completely, Outsidethebox’s Mineral Makeup powders, blushers, bronzers as well as concealers and foundations, really are you your best bet at keeping your skin in its optimum healthy condition whilst you help to protect others from COVID 19 virus transfer by wearing your masks.
WHAT CAN BE DONE? ….OUR ADVICE:
To keep these issues in check, it is important to prepare your skin before you put your mask on and after you have taken it off.
Our SKIN DEFENDER GEL FOR FACE MASK WEARERS has been especially crafted to help combat all of these issues. By wearing this skin healing moisturiser, you are creating a strong yet soothing barrier between your skin and the mask, thus giving your skin a layer of protection. I recommend tapping it onto your skin where the edges of your masks hit, to reduce irritation while your mask is on. The tapping rather than rubbing works because it “wakes up” the skin’s collagen as the skin can be squashed beneath the mask and start to look saggy. This deeply moisturising gel also contains seaweed extract, aloe vera as well as hyaluronic acid which is known to give your skin six times more hydration than normal moisturisers.
After taking the mask off, your skin may be slightly saggy or stretched, hot, irritated and red. Using my favoured tapping ( ie not “rubbing in” ) technique again apply your Skin Defender Gel over the area that has been enclosed in the mask. I also recommend my gentle Soothe and Cleanse…my natural organic cleanser that will hydrate and soothe your skin. Cleansing is even more important now as you need to remove the dead skin cells to prevent even worse clogged pores.
Don’t forget, if you are wearing a mask made of home made or cotton (poplin) fabric make sure you wash it regularly at 60 degrees.
And finally, of course, masks should be used in conjunction with social distancing, not as a replacement for it. Stay safe and let your Skin Defender Gel help protect you whilst you are protecting others.
And just in case you were wondering…..here are 3 beautiful reasons why my Skin Defender Gel is so good for your skin even if you don’t need to wear a face mask:
1. Aloe vera soothes and cools a hot and sweaty face, either from wearing your face mask, after sun exposure or dry air conditioned heat.
2. Hyaluronic acid hydrates a parched skin SIX times more efficiently than ordinary moisturisers and plumps saggy skin!
3. The properties of Lavender and Frankincense essential oils help rejuvenate and heal overworked skin cells helping to prevent exacerbating existing skin issues.
Jules’s Top Tip:
Use morning before makeup, midday (yes! it works even over makeup) and in your night time skincare regime …tap a little into your problem areas before your moisturiser or night time serum for a double whammy of skin goodness!