Post Iso Skincare Tips

As lockdown begins to lift, we’re all looking forward to a little more normality in our day-to-day lives, whether it’s nattering with family at the local cafe or hitting the beer garden with friends for a well-deserved pint. But having spent the best part of the last 18 months at home, indoors, or masked up, many of us are noticing our skin isn’t quite what it used to be.

We’re finding the two main skin complaints in the wake of isolation are; “maskne”, the appearance of acne-like spots around the mouth; and generalised irritation and sensitivity.

Whether you’re struggling to keep blemishes at bay or are battling other lockdown related skin complaints, we’ve got a few easy tips to get your skin ready for a season of summer socialising.

Get On Top Of “Maskne”

The moist, humid environment created by a mask can quickly aggravate skin, particularly if you’re wearing one for long periods of time. During the day, the edges of the mask create friction, rubbing at the outermost layer of your skin. This gives bacteria the opportunity to get past the skin’s natural barrier, resulting in nasty red areas of irritation and clogged pores that quickly become spots.

The good news is this isn’t something you have to put up with—there are a few ways to stop these bacteria from taking hold and helping your skin fight back.

  1. Wear a mask that fits properly.

    A mask that doesn’t fit you is more likely to rub at your skin, allowing bacteria, sweat and grime to get into your pores. Invest in a mask that is the right size and shape for your face.

  2. Change your mask regularly.

    If you work in a role that requires you to wear a mask for long periods, it’s a good idea to change your mask throughout the day. This will help to prevent the warm, moist atmosphere that bacteria thrive in.

  3. Cleanse your face.

    Cleanse, cleanse, cleanse. If you’re not already in the habit of washing your face morning and night, it’s time to get aboard that train. A gentle cleanser with skin-friendly ingredients like vitamin E will give your skin a much-needed boost and wash away any dirt and sweat that builds up over the day. If following #2 on our list and changing your mask at work, it’s a great idea to do a quick face wash between mask changes too.

  4. Keep skin hydrated.

    The healthier your skin is, the better it can defend itself and recover from maskne. Follow your cleanse with a good moisturiser that gives your skin a dose of nutrients and hydration.

Reduce Irritation and Sensitivity

As well as the issue of mask-related acne, many of us have spent a rather large amount of time ignoring our skin due to lockdown. Less reason to shave, foregoing moisturising, and reduced time outdoors have all played a part in the increase in skin irritation and sensitivity.

As we gradually start to return to our old lives, it’s important to remember our skin needs to gradually adapt as well. Shaving off your beard, splashing on some aftershave and heading out to a BBQ is not going to get a good reaction from your skin. Instead, make sure you’re giving it all the support it needs to get back into top shape.

Stay hydrated both inside and out, drinking plenty of water and using moisturising ingredients to nourish your skin. Most importantly, if you’re shaving, take it slow and easy, reducing irritation with sharp blades and soothing shaving cream.

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