Wearing the mask for a long time damages your skin, causes you redness and even a few pimples? Find in this article practical advice from Japanese women and a moisturizing skincare routine to protect your skin from dehydration:
1. Compensate for daily moisture loss with a lotion and a sheet mask.
While wearing a mask for an extended period of time, the natural heat that builds up under the piece of cloth accelerates the evaporation of the water that is in our dermis and this dries out our skin. This leads to cracked skin or, on the contrary, shiny skin because skin that is too dry will tend to overproduce sebum to defend itself.
As soon as you get home, remove your makeup and wash your face throughly to eliminate bacteria, sebum and sweat.
Then, rehydrate your skin with a dense lotion. Once a week, use a sheet mask with a hydrating essence such as sake or hyaluronic acid. The sheet mask must be applied on your skin for at least 10 minutes to allow the deep penetration of moisture into the skin - like a damp sponge on a sheet of paper.
2. Seal in the water with an oil or an oil-based cream.
After this step, you should make sure moisture remains in your skin and doesn't evaporate in the air! That's why Japanese women always use an oily substance after moisturizing: oil is water-immiscible and creates an impermeable film that "seals in water in the skin".
In the evening, you can use an oil to nourish your skin. In the morning, it's better to apply a light day cream that maintains moisture without suffocating the skin.
3. Limit the growth of bacteria due to congestion in the mask
For some of us, wearing a mask also causes the appearance of small pimples because it is a very conducive environment for the spread of bacteria. The inside is hot and humid and the air circulates poorly.
Therefore, it is preferable to change your mask in the middle of the day! Japanese women are also used to regularly wipe the inside of the mask with a disposable tissue to keep it clean.
4. Prevent skin damage due to friction
Regular friction of the mask damages the skin and can also cause roughness or the appearance of blemishes. If your skin is sensitive, you can apply a cotton ball or a gauze where the mask adheres strongly (on your cheeks, nose or chin) in order to reduce friction.Â
You can also create a space between the mask and the skin with powder.
The application of a tinted or transparent powder is effective in limiting friction because the particles create a space between the mask and the skin.
Keiko Suyama's tips:
Apply a small drop of volcanic mint oil to the ends of the mask. It makes breathing more pleasant and refreshes the mind throughout the day.
Keep a moisturizing mist at the office or in your bag to rehydrate your skin throughout the day. We recommend uka's BALANCE aromatherapy mist, which moisturizes the skin well and awakens the mind!