After such a long time wearing masks and using sanitisers, Australians are struggling with keeping their skin healthy, but now Lisa Curry, Olympian and co-founder of health and wellness company Happy Healthy You, has revealed her five tips for glowing skin care under a mask.
Lisa recently launched her skin care range Happy Skin by Lisa Curry and says there are specific beauty regiments that can significantly help your skin stay healthy under masks.
“With Aussies once again having to learn to live with a mask, that means possibly months of irritable faces and skin; however there are simple skincare routine measures you can take to care for your skin,” said Lisa.
Maskne or mask acne has become a skin phenomenon that no one expected, but preventing the spread of COVID-19 shoul,dn’t have to impact your skin.
“It’s never too late to start your skincare journey, and it really starts with looking after yourself both on the inside and outside.”
Lisa shares her best-kept skincare routine steps to help everyone care for their skin under the mask and even breaks down the mask fabrics you should avoid.
1. Wash your face and mask for supreme skin care.
“Whether you’re wearing a disposable face mask or a reusable one, it’s important to wash your face after a long day’s wear to remove all the oils, bacteria, and dead skin cells that have become trapped under the mask,” explained Lisa.
Add to that the current humidity, friction of the mask, and taking it on and off, it’s easy for your skin to become irritated and foster the perfect environment for pimples and acne. This is an important new measure for your skincare routine!
Remember to discard your disposable ones and wash your reusable cloth masks after each use. Germs can be easily transferred when you touch, remove, or put down your mask. You wouldn’t use a dirty face wash to wipe your face, so why put a dirty mask back on?
2. Great skincare relies on the right mask for you.
“Try to have a few masks on rotation so you always have a clean, dry, mask available, and make sure they’re the best fitting ones for your face to avoid friction and indentations to your skin,” said Lisa.
“I try to avoid masks where the layer that touches my face is made from synthetic fabrics like nylon, polyester, or rayon, as these can make you sweat."
3. Skin Care Aesthetic: Embrace your natural beauty.
Makeup is more likely to clog your pores under a mask, so avoid it if you can, or look for skin care products labelled as non-comedogenic, meaning they won’t clog your pores.
If you have a quality hydrating skincare routine, this should help your skin glow, and you won’t need makeup! If makeup gives you confidence, focus on the eye area.
4. Simplify your skincare routine.
“Adding harsh chemicals to already damaged skin is a recipe for disaster. Try using skin care products that embrace your skin’s natural ability to heal and rejuvenate,” Lisa said.
Probiotics are becoming increasingly used in our food and beverages (like kombucha, yogurts, and sauerkraut), but many don’t realise they can be extremely beneficial to the skin.
It’s also essential to see whether your skin care products include active ingredients. There are many products available that make our skin feel soft but don’t penetrate beyond the surface level to make a real difference, and this is important at a time when mandated masks can be particularly harsh on our skin.
5. Skincare and diet: Healthy recipes and diet are crucial.
“It’s true, you are what you eat, and filling your body with nutrient-dense whole foods in healthy recipes will have an almost immediate benefit to your skin,” said Lisa.
Eating a range of fruits, vegetables, legumes, proteins, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates will offer your body a wide variety of nutrients and give it the best chance of healing from any past damage.
Some foods are superior to others when it comes to skincare. Try incorporating carrots for carotene, shellfish for zinc, and berries for vitamin C into your diet, all of which have been known to improve skin care. Healthy food and diet are often one of the best skincare routine tips.
The Optimal Skin Guide
Happy Healthy You has recently launched its Optimal Skin Guide, which offers a deep dive into how food affects your skin and what foods are best to maintain high levels of skin care. It includes a seven-day meal plan which incorporates foods that have been scientifically proven to improve skin health.
Lisa and her company have recently launched Happy Skin by Lisa Curry. A simple four-step skincare routine that’s professionally formatted and suitable for all ages and skin types. The range may support age management, balance of the microbiome, boost in collagen production, and skin hydration to help nurture healthy and glowing skin.