Here at Ginger&Pearl you know we’re mad about haircare and giving people confidence in how they look and feel. So with this in mind we thought we’d do a post on something a little different today… face masks (curveball right?!)
Yep that’s right you read it correctly.. face masks and in particular how to look after your skin while also looking out for your health and the health of everyone around you.
We’ve seen a lot of posts and heard a lot of people commenting on breakouts and bad skin since donning their face masks so here are our FIVE TOP TIPS to keep your skin in tip top condition and your confidence to match...!
TIP ONE: MOISTURISE
Wearing a face mask for long periods can lead to dry skin and chapped lips. Reapply a lip balm before and after wearing your mask and ideally before bed. Always pop on moisturiser before you wear your mask, no matter what your skin type is.. a good layer of moisturiser will act as a barrier between your skin and your mask. Also, ensure your using a moisturiser that fits your skin type because wearing a mask may exacerbate any skin problems you already have.
TIP TWO: CLEANSE
Clean your face with a good wash and make sure you properly remove any residue. Tea Tree oil is a good antiseptic one for people prone to spots but for some this can also be drying and strip your skin of natural oils. We love the miceller ones that have recently hit the market but the secret is to find what your skin loves and stick with it.
TIP THREE: AVOID COSMETICS
I know, this one can be a bit controversial and if you’re like some of us, then just braving the local corner shop without a dab of concealer takes superhuman guts, but trust us on this.. wearing make up and then sticking a mask on top will actually clog your pores up and lead to more breakouts. This is especially true on those lovely hot summer days!
TIP FOUR: BE KIND TO YOUR SKIN
This tip is a bit all encompassing but essentially you need to avoid any harsh products such as aftershave and even retinoids whilst wearing a mask for long periods of time. Think skin kind.
TIP FIVE: WEAR THE RIGHT MASK FOR YOUR SKIN
Since the outbreak of coronavirus there has been advert after advert for facemask from disposable, to clear plastic ones, to fancy print your own design ones. And there’s been a lot of focus on what material will help filter air particles best but the other big thing to consider is what material will irritate your skin the least! There’s a material that’s been banded around a lot and to be fair it’s not without merit… COTTON. The benefit of a cotton mask is that the fibres are very tightly woven and it’s a naturally made filter. Plus cotton is a breathable material meaning it won’t irritate your skin. AND… It’s washable so you won’t be contributing any unnecessary waste (hello disposables) and you know every time you put one on its nice and clean against your skin and not carrying any nasties that might kickstart a breakout.
Any the final benefit of cotton? You don’t even have to buy a cotton mask! You can make one from that dress you’ve never worn or that T. Shirt that’s been lurking in the back of your closet because you love the print but the fit just isn’t right. So if you’re after a cotton mask then why not bring out your inner domestic goddess, check out the fantastic tutorials on Youtube and make yourself a mask worthy of your skin today.