The daily use of a mask has become a must in Spain. Have you noticed that your skin has changed since then?

Pimples, irritations, peeling ... are just some of the most common conditions.

In this post I will try to help you learn how to take care of your skin in the time of Coronavirus

What is happening to my skin?

We are not "genetically designed" to wear a mask so many hours a day, it is a fact. That is why our skin is altered, especially in times of heat.

The skin sweats, it is necessary and there is nothing wrong with it. The problem is when this sweat cannot evaporate and stays on our skin for a long time. This is the moment when pimples, redness appear ... If we add to that the constant rubbing, then wounds, severe irritations ... etc

What can I do to avoid it?

We cannot avoid the use of a mask, it has been imposed by law and the only thing we can do is adapt to it. But take it easy, here are several tips or "tips" so that your skin does not suffer so much:

Adapt your facial routine

Now your skin has different needs. Many questions about: should I continue to hydrate my skin? And my answer is: of course! However, the lighter formulas (richer in water and less in lipid) are ideal to use before putting on the mask.

   

The secret of the perfect routine is to follow these steps: Cleanse + Tone + Hydrate

If you are wearing makeup, before the first step you should remove your makeup and if you are going to go out, the last step would be to protect your skin with an SPF.

If you have very dry skin or you are a fan of oils, I recommend leaving them for the night or at certain times so that you know that you will not have to put on the mask.

In addition, at night is the ideal time to use more restorative creams that will help your skin stay more comfortable.

How do I clean my skin?

With the use of a mask, I recommend the use of soaps without detergents, such as Syndet or those specifically for atopic skin.

And no, hand soap is not a valid option.

To clarify: cool water (not hot) will help decongest and reduce inflammation. To dry yourself use a DIFFERENT towel or muslin EVERY DAY and if you are not capable of it you can use tissues or paper.

I also recommend you clean your skin before putting on the mask and just after taking it off, don't be lazy because the result will be given by being constant.

Can I wear makeup?

By power ... of course you can but if you are going to wear a mask for 8 hours of your workday: Doesn't that seem absurd? Try to make up only your eyes (concealer, shadows, mascara ...) and leave aside the make-up base only for those occasions when you know that you are only going to wear the mask for a short time.

What if I get pimples, redness or scratches?

To prevent pimples and irritations, it is best to be able to take time off to remove the mask from one side and pat the skin dry with a handkerchief.

To prevent irritation, it can be applied before the mask Vaseline, biofilm and even put dressings (for example, a plaster on the bridge of the nose) in the areas of friction.

When there is slight irritation, a repair cream can soothe and heal the skin. To prevent them, it is best to apply petroleum jelly, Biopel ... in the areas of may rubbing to protect them.

In more extreme cases (for example, ulcers) it is best to consult a dermatologist to recommend a suitable cream since in many cases corticosteroid creams are prescribed.

And very important: TRY TO CHANGE THE MASK MODEL AND DO NOT REPEAT. The masks accumulate a lot of dirt in a single day, wash them or throw them away, after each day. The fact of using several models will prevent irritations and flaking from rubbing in the same areas.

In my case I have several models of hygienic, ffp2, fabric ... and I alternate, so the friction never appears.

My best advice:

Drink a lot of water. It is not only worth hydrating on the outside, on the inside it is also very important. Take advantage of any break to carefully remove your mask, wipe your sweat and drink even a few sips of water.

In the end, having healthy skin is changing your routine, adapting it to the needs of your skin and being constant in them.