BEAUTY SOLUTION, or How to Help Your Skin During a Pandemic?
Updated: Jul 5, 2021
All photos provided by Vue Shield
Designer: Joe Doucet
Model: Alexandra Linnemann
Photographer: Silvana Denker
With constant hand washing and mask wearing, many people are suffering from skin problems. People with acne prone skin are finding that mask wearing is making their problems worse (a term affectionally coined ‘maskne’) while many are suffering from dry skin from anti-bacterial chemicals. While following social guidelines is the best thing to do, the problems affecting people’s skin are becoming increasingly uncomfortable.
Here are some helpful tips and tricks to help your skin look its best during this whirlwind time.
• Stick to a facial cleansing regiment. Before putting on your mask, make sure to clean and moisturize your face so that you have an extra layer of protection. Once you arrive back home, make sure to wash and moisturize your skin again to ensure that you scrub away the buildup of dirt and makeup to clear out your pores.
• For acne prone skin, make sure to use a primer before putting on your mask. For people with oily and acne prone skin, using a protective layer of primer can cover your pores from excess dirt and mask fibres, resulting in more acne. For best results, use a primer that is specially formulated for oily skin to ensure that you are not adding more oil into your pores.
Model: Obianibeli Esu
• Combine different moisturizers to fight the problems you are facing. For dry, cracked hands, look for a moisturizer with no perfume and combine with a hypo-allergenic cream to ensure fast results. Do some research and find what moisturizer’s work best for your skin.
• Don’t ignore your skin’s needs. Even if you don’t usually have dry skin, make sure to add a little bit of moisturizer throughout the day to ensure that you don’t get a sudden outbreak of dryness. Unattended dry skin can become painful, itchy, and may even become worse without care.
• Go lighter on your makeup, especially if you have acne prone skin. Wearing a mask may cover your acne in public, but a combination of sweat, dirt, and oil can build up underneath. Adding heavy makeup clogs pores and doesn’t allow acne to dry out. Wearing just oil free primer can protect your skin and help it heal while you wear your mask.
Following social guidelines is the best way to stop the spread of Covid-19, but don’t forget to take care of your skin during this difficult time. Do some research, ask professionals, and see what skin care routines work best for you to ensure your skin keeps glowing.
Photographer: Ben Macx