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How to Protect you Skin while wearing mask

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Hampton U chapter.

Due to the current pandemic, we have all had to adopt a new clothing item. Masks have become part of our lifestyle and many people who previously had flawless skin are breaking out more than usual. This is attributed to wearing a mask for prolonged periods of time. With these four tips, you can make sure to protect your skin while following covid restrictions. 

  1. Wash your Mask!! Many people have started buying cloth masks and while they are great for the environment, it’s not so great for your skin. Unlike with the disposable mask, many are wearing them daily without washing them. When you’re wearing the mask throughout the day, not only is it protecting you from COVID but it’s also absorbing your sweat and bacteria. When you neglect to wash it, you’re putting bacteria and sweat back onto your skin daily and the amount of germs only grows. Washing your mask daily can help to lessen the germs that go on your skin. 

  2. Cleanse and moisturize your face daily. The easiest way to ensure your skin’s health is to wash it. By washing it twice a day, you’re cleansing it of all the germs and bacteria that you can’t see. It’s also just as important to moisturize it. Wearing a mask can dry out your skin and irritate it. Moisturizing helps protect your skin’s natural barrier and also the cold winter air from harming it. 

  3. Hydration is key! When you don’t hydrate your body it only makes it that much easier for your skin to dry out. Drinking the recommended eight glasses of water a day will help to keep your skin health, glowing and hydrated. 

  4. Wear a mask that doesn’t irritate your skin. Some of the masks being created are pretty but do a lot of damage to your skin. Before buying a mask, make sure to see what material it is made with. Cotton masks are your best bet because they won’t irritate skin. 

As we continue to wear masks in order to stay safe it’s important to also take care of your skin. These four easy tips will help you to continue to be safe while achieving flawless skin.

Gabrielle Chenault is a senior journalism major with a concentration in political science from Queens, New York. She is a member of the cross country and track team. She also is the Lifestyle section editor of The Hampton Script, the parliamentarian of North P.A.C and a resident assistant. In her free time, Gabrielle loves to listen to music, travel and try new food from around the world.
Kiara Davis

Hampton U '21

Hello! My name is Kiara Davis, I am a junior strategic communications (PR) major, marketing minor from the land of 10,000 lakes, Saint Paul, Minnesota. I really love writing and have since I was young. I also really enjoy the performing arts which include dancing, singing, and musical theatre. Ever since I was young I have been apart of dance and musical programs. As for my goals in life, I would like to see myself working for an advertising agency, and eventually achieving my biggest career goal of becoming a business owner. My passion includes contributing to the change of the stereotypical view of African-American women in society. Black women are amazing in every aspect and I would like to help the entire world recognize that.