Wearing a face mask for most of my days takes up a great toll on my skin. Clearly that’s not very high on the priority list these days when there are people dying out there, but it’s still worth taking notice.
Wearing a face mask in public is mandatory in my country. Thankfully most of the people follow these precautious, except the few pitiful individuals that are gonna get what they deserve eventually. The general idea is to stay at home but if you necessarily have to go outside cover your mouth and nose. Simple as that.
As a part of health professionals, I’m not the one staying home. Therefore I’m wearing a face mask or respirator for most of my days.
Since these tough days have been going on for several weeks now, I’ve had plenty of time to figure things out. It wasn’t easy, that’s for sure.
The first couple of days in the face mask were miserable.
I couldn’t breathe properly and the bad breath management made me dizzy a lot. It was super hard to breathe through the mask and simultaneously talk to the patients and explain their medications without fainting. My protection glasses kept getting dim all the time and my hands in protection gloves felt out of place.
It was like learning to walk all over again.
I was yearning the moment I could take all of my protection tools off just to do the same thing again the next day.
Me and most of my colleagues got a pretty standard rash and eczema because of our new tools. So not only you’re risking your health out there but you’re itchy and dry all over.
It took me like 4 days to fully accommodate to the masks and gloves. I had to learn how to breathe, how to bend my head so the glasses stay clear, how to do everyday work with new latex hands.
Now after month and something, it feels more natural. Not as natural as being bare-faced but close enough given the situation. I am used to emergency measurements but my skin not so much.
I was chapped and dry for weeks now. My hands were so dry it hurt to move them. I was for once thankful people couldn’t see my dry skin and chapped lips because of the face mask.
For a couple of first days, I wore makeup, as usual, resulting in leaving most of my super expensive makeup on the inside of the face mask and it was disgusting.
The new plan was to use less makeup but that was still no enough.
So I started doing my make up just from the eyes up. It looked ridiculous but I noticed a slight improvement in my skin underneath the face mask. As time increased and my will decreased and I skipped doing my makeup altogether. Now I do my eyebrows and put on some mascara and that’s it. No one sees any more of me so what’s the use.
Still, my skin is no good and my usual creams were not enough now.
So here is what works for me and my skin underneath the respirator I’m wearing all day long.
Skin lifesaver this season and number one in my daily skincare routine is Vichy Mineral 89.
This product has been on the market for a while now and I already owned one before. Due to an isolation boredom and cleaning spree, I found my old bottle with a couple of drops of the gel on the bottom and went for it.
The effect was immediate. I could literally feel my dry skin drinking up the hydration and getting pumped up.
The next day I bought the new pack and now I’m using it twice a day during workdays and at least four times during my days off.
It’s a step zero in my skincare routine, meaning I’m applying it underneath the regular cream for extra hydration and pampering.
The Mineral 89 contains Vichy mineral water, 15 different minerals, and hyaluronic acid.
I remember this one educational course for pharmacists I attended about dermatology and cosmetics. There were around a hundred people and we were asked if any of us use mineral 89 and I swear like 98% hands went up and I felt super pleased with myself for being one of them.
Even though it’s not one of its original indications I can tell from my own experiences that mineral 89 does wonder to your dry lips as well.
The next step in my morning routine after the base of minerals is IDÉALIA DAY CREAM by Vichy. As a young 24 years old I’m not that much invested in anti-aging creams right now so that’s why idealia is my top pick. I’m almost done with my bottle so I’ll be getting a new one soon.
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Even all of that doesn’t stop my skin form occasional tightness after hours of wearing the mask at work.
It’s not very hygienic to apply another layer of cream or gel at work and that’s when mineral water mist comes in handy. I’m keeping one at work and one at home and every time my skin feels super gross I’ll spray this THERMAL SPRING WATER FACE MIST by La Roche-Posay all over my face for an immediate calming effect.
All-day long I’m longing the moment I’ll wash myself off.
Even when I’m doing everything right, washing my hands, wearing face mask and gloves, disinfecting everything several times a day I still feel super gross after the whole day working with people.
I remove the little make up I do put on with foam makeup remover.
I’m not a big fan of micellar water as a form of makeup remover. Makeup removing wipes, creams or micellar water creates too much mess and trash for my liking and foam just doesn’t. At the same time, I feel like the foam could get literally everything off in comparison to the other forms. Just try it and you will never get back as I did.
My makeup is off now but my face is still not deep cleaned so I’m using effaclair face gel for problematic skin. I tried several cleaning gels but this one is hands down the best one. My skin feels brand new and another plus is that it doesn’t stink in your eyes when you accidentally get it there. I’m on my third bottle now.
Freshly cleaned skin required a mineral boost with another layer of mineral 89 and finally a night cream. A night cream is supposed to be extra hydrating so that’s why I’m using the one form vichys aqualia series called AQUALIA THERMAL NIGHT SPA. A little goes a long way in this case.
Once a week is another face mask time – beauty face mask.
I’m currently using another product from La Roche-posay effaclar series EFFACLAR SHINE CONTROL CLAY MASK.
Face masks are all I’m thinking about these days.
Switching the tight protective one for beauty relaxing one is my daydream.
It’s been a rough couple of weeks for me and my skin. With the right products, we’re on our way to get our shit together, so once the face masks are off our skin is ready.
We’re all in this together.