Ever since the CDC recently recommended wearing masks in public, cloth face masks have been everywhere. They are great for protection—we even have our own version, the Avon Defense Cloth Mask, which shields against dirt, dust and other harmful pollutants. If you prefer a disposable mask over a reusable one, check out our Disposable Mask Pack of 50, which comes with 50 comfortable masks.
While wearing a face mask can be beneficial to your health, it’s not always the best for your skin. Since cloth covers the nose, cheeks, mouth and chin, it traps in air and other particles that can clog pores, dry out skin and cause breakouts.
Below are some solutions that will help your skin recover from wearing a face mask.
After wearing a face mask, cleansing is extremely important. Made with vitamins and minerals, Rice Water Bright Foaming Cleanser cleanses and moisturizes to reveal radiant, hydrated skin. This foam cleanser is great for stripping your skin of the dirt and oils it accumulates while wearing a mask. For more ways to cleanse, check out our collection of cleansers and toners.
Moisturizing is essential to any skin care routine. Here are the best formulas that will help protect and nourish skin before you put on your face mask.
Dive into hydration with belif The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb, a lightweight yet indulgent facial cream formulated with comfrey leaf, an herb known to soothe, hydrate and detoxify skin. Clinically proven to provide skin with 26 hours of hydration and improve skin’s elasticity for a smooth, healthy feeling.
Lather up with Anew Ultimate Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 25, a high-performance anti-aging cream that revives and recreates the look of youthful skin by visibly transforming multiple signs of aging. Put it on both before and after wearing a mask and your skin will feel firmer and look more youthful.
Face masks aren’t always comfortable for your skin, as they can cause rashes and irritation. Soothe skin with Green Goddess Facial Oil, a topical oil infused with 100 mg of CBD. This THC-free facial oil also contains hemp seed oil and turmeric, botanicals that help naturally reduce redness and irritation, and sugarcane-derived squalane oil, which replenishes skin’s moisture and leaves it feeling smooth. Looking for even more hydration? Discover our full collection of moisturizers.
TRY A TREATMENT
Remove that cloth mask and treat yourself to a face mask like Clearskin® Pore Penetrating Black Mineral Mask. Formulated with oil-absorbing mineral clays, this mask will lift away the pore-clogging dirt and excess oils that commonly pollute your skin when it’s covered with a cloth face mask. Obsessed with masking? View our full collection of skin-enhancing face masks.
Protect skin with Dr.Belmeur Clarifying Spot Healing Patches, made with calming tea tree leaf oil and a clear plaster band that shields skin from dirt and contaminants. These healing patches are perfect for targeting problem areas and help keep skin in the clear.
Don’t forget to give your eyes some TLC. When wearing a face mask, your eyes are all that people will see, so it’s important to keep yourself looking and feeling bright-eyed. Complete with a 2-in-1 gel and cream formula, Anew Clinical Eye Lift Pro Dual Eye System lifts and tightens eyes so they look and feel dramatically firmer, wide awake and more youthful. For more eye-opening formulas, discover our eye care collection.
Wearing a cloth face mask can be particularly dehydrating for your lips.
Stick to the basics with a hydrating lip balm like Moisture Therapy Intensive Treatment Moisturizing Lip Treatment, made with hydraboost technology to instantly moisturize and soften lips.
Condition your pout with Anew Vitamin C Antioxidant Treatment, which nourishes lips with vitamins C and E for a smooth finish and leaves them feeling healthy.
ROCK THE BARE MAKEUP LOOK
When you’re wearing a mask, the less makeup, the better. You don’t want to wear foundation under your mask, as it will just mix with the other pollutants that the mask traps in. If you do decide to wear makeup, wear it only on exposed areas, like upper cheeks and eyes. A simple volumizing mascara like Avon True Color Love at 1st Lash Mascara, a lightweight concealer like Cashmere Complexion Longwear Concealer, and a swipe of Avon True Color Glimmersticks Eye Liner will perfectly enhance your natural beauty.