Face masks in the pandemic

Here’s looking at you!

Kelly Hollands @glowdermaplaning

As a freelance makeup artist I have worked with hundreds of women either to create ‘their everyday look’ or to mark a special occasion. I am passionate about skincare to enhance a person’s natural beauty (with or without makeup) and help them look and feel confident on a day-to-day basis . I also run a successful salon-based business offering non-invasive, results driven treatments including Microneedling, Dermaplaning, LED light therapy or chemical peels and I sell vegan, cruelty free skincare and beauty tools to promote healthy, nourished skin. 

Is it beneficial to not wear make-up during lockdown? Does it help your skin? What is a good cleansing regime?

There are so many benefits of going ‘make-up free’ during lockdown.

With the requirement to now wear masks on a daily basis, Maskne (masks + acne) is quickly becoming a problem for many people – even those who have never suffered with acne before.  By keeping your skin make-up free, you are allowing it to breathe more easily under the mask. Bacteria will always be on our skin and masks will only trap it around the jawline/mouth area, so it’s important to keep the skin as clear and clean as possible to avoid blocked pores, irritation, soreness and blemishes.  

As well as less breakouts, other benefits include saving money on make-up, having more time in bed in the morning and the best one of all, loving your skin and having the confidence to be ‘bare-faced’.

With that in mind, it’s so important to get into a good cleansing routine and by that I mean one that you can stick to, twice a day, every day.  Find products that are nourishing (preferably chemical and toxin free) and that protect, hydrate and rejuvenate your skin.  Use your morning and evening cleansing routine as your ‘me-time’.  Take time to breathe in the essentials oils of the products and take joy in the fact you are really caring for your skin.

It’s important to cleanse, tone and moisturise every single morning and evening – yes ladies, even when you’re so tired and just want to crawl into bed.  Ideally, you will be adding in separate ‘treatments’ in the form of masks, serums and oils to this routine, depending on your skins needs.  For example, in the winter months skin is more prone to dehydration so Hyaluronic Acid is a skin saviour.  This miracle product attracts moisture to the skin which in turn keeps it plump and hydrated and is therefore great for smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles.

Retinol is also a must-have for women over the age of 30.  This anti-ageing product reduces fine lines and wrinkles by increasing the production of collagen.  Retinol is best applied of an evening and a high SPF (ideally 30-50) should be worn on a daily basis as skin will be more sensitive to UV rays and sunlight.

A good eye cream is also a great investment over the age of 30.  The eye area is the first place to show signs of ageing and because it’s such a delicate area of skin, your usual moisturiser won’t suffice.  Pick a cream that is solely for the eyes.

Confidence in your skin is the best makeup you can wear!

If you would like to ask Kelly a skincare or make-up related question please email ask@andinothernews.co.uk

Tropic range are all vegan and cruelty free and free from any animal derivatives. The retinol uses plant based ingredients which are more gentle for the skin. Medik8 are also vegan, but La Roche-Posay are not.

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