Phone, wallet, keys… face mask. They’re the new accessory for daily life that we can’t leave home without, but wearing a face mask day in, day out for long periods of time can result in what has been coined as ‘maskne‘ – spots and breakouts caused by wearing a face mask.
And no one is an exception to this rule, not even celebrities, as Lorraine Kelly pointed out in her latest HELLO! column.
‘I’m sixty years old and for the first time in decades I’ve had spots and breakouts around my nose and mouth and I know I’m not the only one,’ the TV host admitted. ‘It means we all have to be a lot more careful with our skincare routines and to keep our masks ultra clean.’
Lorraine explained that her daughter, Rosie, gave her a few top tips on how to up her skincare game in order to keep maskne at bay: ‘I’m very guilty of using baby wipes to take off my TV makeup and not doing a thorough enough daily cleanse and moisturising properly. This has been a wakeup call and I realise I have to start taking care of my skin.’
The first tip is to double cleanse every night: ‘This means using an oil or balm cleanser followed by a milk or gel cleanser to get rid of all makeup, dirt, and grime ideally with a flannel or muslin cloth.’ We definitely agree with this tip, as a double cleanse ensures every last scrap of dirt and make up is removed and therefore less likely to block pores, causing spots.
Rosie has also taught her mum the benefits of retinol, hyaluronic acid and vitamin C products, and Lorraine incorporates these into her daily routine either as a face oil during the day or in a serum at night. No7’s Advanced Retinol Night Concentrate is a great night time retinol product to use and it’s currently on sale for £25 at Boots.
‘NEVER neglect your neck,’ Lorraine preaches like a true skincare guru. Indeed, it’s important to treat the skin on your neck just as you do your face, and also not to rush the steps, including waiting 15 minutes after applying your skincare before putting on your make up. ‘You have to take your time for your skincare and never forget to use a dedicated SPF at the end of your morning routine.’ Amen, Lorraine.