Under the covers


WHAT LIES BENEATH Wearing a face cover for even a very short time can cause skin irritation and sensitivity.


Maggie Gibbons

Face covers looks like they’re going to be a regular part of our ‘going out’ wear for some time to come. I find them a bit suffocating, and I only have to wear one for an hour or more while I shop! God love the front line workers who have to wear them 24/7.
Wearing a mask for even a very short time can cause skin irritation and sensitivity. The general term going around for such mask-related skin issues is ‘maskne’, a hybrid of ‘mask’ and ‘acne’. However, there’s absolutely nothing to suggest that you will get acne from wearing a mask. Thank God for that!
Wearing a snug mask and that fits comfortably, in a clean, breathable fabric, helps. If it fits properly, there will be less pulling and dragging across the skin.  
The main area of irritation that people report is around the nose, cheeks and chin. I got redness around the chin area, and managed to clear it very quickly with Eucerin Aquaphor Repairing ointment. It’s brilliant for soothing and repairing skin problems. Better still, it’s only €3.20 for 7mls; small I know but easy to carry around in your purse. I wouldn’t be without it now. A real SOS solution!
Eucerin Urea Repair Face Cream is a light and gentle everyday moisturiser for very dry and tight skin. It instantly hydrates dry facial skin, reducing the feeling of tightness to give it a smooth, moisturised feel. It’s great for day or night, giving a lovely supple feel, and widely available in chemists for around €10.50.
Cleansing well is probably more important now than ever. Use something gentle like Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel (around €10.50) cleanser, an innovative lightweight gel that activates with water to lather away dirt, oil and make-up while giving boost of vital hydration, and protecting the skin’s barrier to help lock in hydration. CeraVe Smoothing Cleanser (€12.50) is also great for that squeaky-clean feeling.
La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Serum (€30) is an intensely hydrating serum that has been clinically proven to quickly re-plump and repair skin, giving a lovely a natural glow.  
Finish off with Uriage Eau Thermale Glow Up Water Essence (€20) to perfect the glowing, plumped appearance. Just put a couple of drops into the palm of your hand, press palms together and apply to face. This is also a great product to smooth over your skin as soon as you remove your mask.
If you’re suffering from dry, chapped lips, also a common facemask skin problems, don’t forget to apply petroleum jelly to your lips regularly.
Breakouts might be due to clogged pores, which can cause dull skin and spots. Many of us stopped wearing coverage makeup when we started wearing masks, but if you’re still wearing it, be sure to buy something that won’t clog your pores. It will have non comedogenic written on the product.
Finally, if you can’t get what you want in your local chemist you have the option of shopping online. Be aware, though, that prices can vary hugely, so make sure you check with a number of websites before making your final decision.

Maggie Gibbons is an Image/Style Consultant based in Louisburgh. She can be contacted at living@mayonews.ie.