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How to care for your skin while wearing a mask

Wearing a face mask has become the new norm in our daily lives, helping to decrease the spread of the current worldwide pandemic. However, the face masks are not gentle on our skin.

That’s where we come in. At POND’S, we care about your skin and want it to stay radiant all year round. Here’s advice on how to care for your skin when wearing a face mask:

Cleanse your skin daily

It is crucial that you wash your face daily with a gentle cleanser to get rid of dirt, oil and bacteria from your skin. If you have oily skin, be sure to wash your face before and after wearing a face mask. Wearing masks regularly can lead to an accumulation of sweat and oil – which can lead to blocked pores.

For daily washing, we recommend that you use the POND’S Perfect Colour Complex Beauty Face Wash which is designed to reduce dark marks while cleansing away oil, dirt and dead skin cells to reveal your skin’s natural radiance.

In addition to cleansing daily, be sure to exfoliate your skin twice a week to give it the deep cleanse that it needs to keep germs at bay. To exfoliate, try out the POND’S Pure Detox Mineral Clay Cleansing Scrub which has 4 times more dirt absorption power, bio-minerals and activated charcoal to exfoliate and detox skin.

Always apply moisturiser

Apply a moisturiser after cleansing your skin with micellar water and before wearing your mask. This will ensure your skin is properly hydrated and doing this will improve its barrier function. Try the POND'S Flawless Radiance Derma+ Mattifying Cream which is designed to give your skin an even-tone, pore-less and smooth appearance.

Take note of the fabric your mask is made from

One of the most important things you can do to prevent your face mask from causing any damage to your skin is by using a cloth made from the right fabric. Masks of poor quality can be harsh on your skin as they can cause irritation, worsen pimples, and in some cases, cuts can occur too. Pick masks made from tightly woven cotton over the synthetic fabric, as it will feel more breathable and softer on your skin.

Don’t touch your face

This might seem like a simple task, but research shows that the average person touches their face at least 16 times an hour. Not only does touching your face frequently increase your chances of getting infected with viruses such as the flu or cold, but it can also contribute to aggravating acne. This is because our hands carry a lot of germs and bacteria that we pick up from various surfaces, and all of it gets transferred to our face when we touch it.

If you want to touch your face less frequently, try setting reminders on your phone, or placing notes in your home or office so that you can see them and be reminded to keep your hands away from your face.

Wash your hands frequently

Think about how many times you use your hands in a day, an hour, or even 10 minutes. It’s no wonder our hands are so prone to picking up germs and bacteria. Unfortunately, these germs can be brought to your face as well when you touch it. However, by washing your hands frequently, you keep germs and dirt away from your hands and face.

For more skincare advice, check out these face care products to keep your skin on lock so that you can #glowfromhome. We’re in this together!