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Can antimicrobial face masks be part of the solution for winter skin troubles?

Masks aren’t going anywhere, which can be frustrating when they tend to be the cause of maskne and inflammation. This is why we’ve crafted our own face-covering to protect against environmental aggressors, chapped lips, and offer skin barrier support. “Redness, inflammation, and dehydration are exacerbated by wind, cold, and rain,” says Laura Ferguson, co-founder of The Light Salon. “Our super-soft, bamboo masks offer both comfort, protection, and warmth (from the cold), yet has a cooling and calming effect on the skin.”

That said, here, we’ve included the many benefits of our Antimicrobial Mask, which we like to say safeguards your skin and your investment in your skincare routine.

 

WINTER SKINCARE

Wearing a mask in the winter might protect your skin from the harsh elements of cold weather, but other issues come into play. When your complexion goes from intense temps (cold to hot, hot to cold), dryness and inflammation ensues, which is why it’s essential to have a mask that is breathable. “Our bamboo viscose-made mask helps the skin breathe,” notes Laura. “It prevents a steam-like effect when wearing the mask, compared with nonbreathable fabrics where continuous hot breath is trapped and can sensitise the skin and cause irritation.”

 

BAMBOO BENEFITS

Lightweight, soft, and breathable, our single-layer bamboo viscose mask can be used as a liner underneath other masks where social distancing isn’t possible. Bamboo viscose is known for its anti-inflammatory, hypoallergenic, and UV resistant properties to keep skin calm and protect the skin barrier.

“Our masks are made from super lightweight, biodegradable Organic Bamboo Viscose and are treated with ViralOff®, a treatment of textiles that stops viral activity through interaction with key proteins,” adds Laura. “They are so gentle on the skin, which is one of the many reasons we love them.” Laura notes that the natural bamboo is grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or other chemical fertilisers, making it better for your health and the environment.

 

ACNE PREVENTION

Although our Antimicrobial Mask does not guarantee immunity against viruses and is not a medical device or personal protective equipment, it may help reduce viral transmission on the mask. But because our Antimicrobial Mask protects the skin from any harmful microorganisms, it helps balance the natural microflora on the skin, ensuring a healthier skin barrier. “For those wanting extra protection of a triple-layer mask, our Antimicrobial Mask acts as a single (second-skin) layer to protect against the impact of mask-wearing bacteria, friction, irritation, germs, and heat,” says Laura. 

For an extra maskne shield, spritz our Cleanse & Recovery Spray to help tackle blemishes and fight inflammation. Either use on the face post-cleansing to calm any irritation and balance oil production or spray onto skin, let it air dry, and apply the mask. 

Gemma, a customer, shared the following feedback on the mask: "My skin using other masks before was becoming dry and i was getting small pimples. Since using this mask my skin has been great, no pimples or spots, no dryness and its so easy to use for long periods of time as its breathable and easy to talk with."

 

SOME ADDITIONAL TIPS

Before putting on your mask, make sure to use anti-inflammatory skincare ingredients like licorice extract, green tea, colloidal oatmeal, resveratrol, and turmeric as after skincare, all of which can help soothe irritated skin.

And just because the bottom half of your face is covered doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear sunscreen. SPF is a crucial step in protecting your complexion.

Lastly, consider beauty devices to strengthen your skin. Our Boost LED Face Mask delivers clinically-proven red 633nm and near-infrared 830nm wavelengths to plump, hydrate, calm, and reset the mind, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, improve hydration, and even skin tone.

 

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