After 6+ months of wearing a protective face mask and dealing with breakouts, your skin feels dry and dehydrated. What’s going on?
I’ve heard this complaint from numerous clients over the past week so I’ll share my thoughts.
The skin loses moisture as we transition to fall/winter so part of the change is normal seasonal fluctuations.
Here in the Bay Area, we are experiencing extremely windy weather conditions which saps moisture from the surface of the skin.
Face masks made from cotton will absorb moisture, including from the surface of your skin.
What can I do for my seasonal dry skin?
- Switch to a silk face mask.
- (If you can safely) remove your mask for 15 minutes every 4 hours to give your skin a break.
- Check your water intake. When wearing a protective face mask, we are less inclined to sip water throughout the day.
- Wear your physical SPF! This can help prevent excessive moisture loss and protect the skin from wind and cold.
- Add a serum under your moisturizer.
- Make sure your diet includes enough healthy fats like nuts and avocados.
- Use a gentle exfoliant once a week to remove dead, dry skin and allow moisture to absorb.
Do you have questions about your skincare routine? Have a Virtual Skin Care Consult with Hannah.