Face coverings have become a key tool for protecting ourselves and others throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. However, for some, frequent usage has led to irritation, rashes, and acne (often referred to as maskne) from the constant friction and the buildup of sweat and bacteria. According to Shannon Esau, CEO and national educator at Rhonda Allison Cosmeceuticals, milk protein mixed with wasabi can help with breakouts. “Aloe is a great home remedy to soothe and hydrate, but also look for masks that contain grapeseed extract, shea butter, and tocopherols, as these all deliver antioxidants, hydration, and soothing support,” says Esau. “Gel masks with organic stem cells from honeysuckle flower and mullein flower, which is often used to treat rashes, provide potent calming, healing, and anti-inflammatory properties. In some cases, you might want to incorporate a mask twice a week depending on how the protective masks are affecting the skin.”
For more information on skincare masks, check out the Jan/Feb issue.