While a lot of us only wear a face mask while outside, essential workers are required to wear one for the entire day. The point of face masks is to keep bacteria and germs contained, which is extremely important when it comes to keeping a pandemic contained. The downside to that is that it stays around your face. That can cause your skin to, well, freak out. It can cause irritation and breakouts, all of which can be addressed with a skincare routine. We’ve rounded up a few picks that can help with different skin care issues caused by wearing face masks all day.
FOR FACE WASH
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
This gentle face wash can help remove dirt and buildup from the skin without stripping it. It’s made for sensitive skin and can also help keep your skin hydrated, which will help decrease oil production and help prevent breakouts.
FOR SPOT TREATMENT
Mighty Patch Original
I love these acne spots, which target larger pimples directly at the source. These hydrocolloid patches help eliminate acne-causing infection and bacteria. Just slap one of these on and you can wear them all day under your mask without worrying about it.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream
While this moisturizer looks thick, it’s extremely lightweight and non-greasy. It gives you 24-hour hydration, which can help keep your skin from becoming dry and flaky and will help keep oil production at bay.
FOR SOOTHING IRRITATION
Fresh Rose Face Mask
One of my favorite face masks to use after a day in the sun (or a day wearing a face mask) is this one. Face masks can cause all sorts of irritation to sensitive skin and this face mask, packed with rose for toning and cucumber extract and aloe vera gel, helps immediately cool and soothe skin.
FOR DARK CIRCLES
Baebody Eye Gel
We’re all not getting enough sleep, but essential workers more so. This gel can help combat dark circles and signs of aging, things that can all happen from lack of sleep.
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