As Malaysia enters into the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) which allows most businesses to gradually reopen as well as interstate travels, many people have returned to office, and schools have been gradually opened too. Despite the ease of the restrictions, we’re still encouraged to adapt the new normal with wearing a face mask and keeping distance from each other while in public to keep us all safe and healthy.
People wearing face masks has become a common sight across the country. However, due to the high humidity in our country, wearing a mask for long periods of time can cause the face to sweat, which can lead to breakouts — especially for people who are already acne-prone. According to the The New York Times, masks can create or exacerbate existing skin issues; doctors also report an increase in cases of acne flare-ups. Breakouts caused by masks have become so prominent that the word ‘maskne’ has been added to the Urban Dictionary.
Since we will most likely be wearing masks for the foreseeable future, Swedish skintech company FOREO has three simple ways to help kick pimples to the complexion curb.
1. Prevent Excess Oil and Bacteria Buildup
Throughout the day, bacteria, pollutants, dirt and dead skin cells pile up under face masks. Therefore, the most important first step of every effective skincare routine is cleansing your face with a gentle facial cleansing device.
FOREO’s best-selling LUNA 3 (RM920), the world’s softest cleanser, removes up to 99.5% of dirt and oil, preventing bacteria buildup and providing visible results within a minute: healthy and more radiant skin. Without a proper cleansing routine, sebum and dead skin cells can build up on the skin, which might lead to clogged pores that formblemishes. LUNA 3’s silicone brush head is 35x more hygienic than nylon bristles and non- porous to prevent bacteria buildup. It also smooths and brightens the overall condition of the skin, giving it that extra glow.
2. Protect the Skin Barrier and Moisturise
Post-cleansing, it’s vital to return moisture levels back to normal in order to protect the skin barrier. Therefore, never ever skip your serum and moisturiser — no matter how tired you are!
A serum is recommended as an active treatment to protect your skin and help cells regenerate. FOREO’s Serum Serum Serum’s (RM289) micro- capsule infused formula ensures maximum penetration of youth-preserving antioxidants like squalane into the skin. In addition, with key ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and sodium hyaluronate, the moisture complex delivers potent hydrating powers for a replenished complexion. Hydration is what allows the skin to function at its peak performance, which means anti-aging benefits down the road too.
3. Soothe and Condition Stressed Skin
Soothe and condition stressed skin with FOREO’s range of UFO Activated Masks. With key ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid and Red Algae, FOREO’s Make My Day UFO Activated Mask (RM47 for pack of 7) instantly infuses moisture and protects skin from harmful free-radicals with an anti-pollution barrier, keeping skin looking radiant and healthy.
FOREO’s Green Tea UFO Purifying Mask (RM85 for pack of 6) is also perfect for calming skin irritated by environmental stressors. Japanese Green Tea is rich in antioxidants that help protectand rejuvenate skin’s appearance. Its additional skin-soothing properties purify and condition the skin, leaving it fresh and healthy-looking. Furthermore, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract aids in moisturising the skin. When applied, its water-binding sugars offer a powerful moisturising effect, restoring optimal hydration levels.
For oily/combination skin types, FOREO’s Matte Maniac UFO Activated Mask (RM85 pack of 6) has a highly-concentrated blend of active ingredients and the oil-free formula harnesses the purifying power of charcoal for clean, radiant-looking skin. Charcoal draws dirt, oil and otherimpurities to the skin’s surface, gently removing toxins in the process. At the same time, snow lotus and witch hazel extract help soothe skin while minimising the appearance of pores.