Face mask wearing protects us against this deadly COVID 19 pandemic. However, wearing masks for long duration without proper skincare routine can wreck havoc on our skin. Common issues are acne, skin peeling, rashes and even pressure injuries! The American Academy of Dermatology Association has an excellent article listing tips to prevent face mask skin concerns.
I have combination skin which verges on oiliness. There are visible enlarged pores and a reflective complexion, due to excessive sebum around the T-zone. However my cheeks can be dry! This results in acne and peeling skin at the same time which has been worsening with prolonged PPE wearing at work. Luckily, Cetaphil has a range of dermatologist approved products to solve my skin problems. There are only 3 simple steps ( Gentle Skin Cleanser > Moisturiser > Sunscreen SPF 50+), namely Cleanse + Moisturize + Protect.
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
Over washing is a big no-no for me as it worsens dehydration and may lead to even more oil production. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is able to cleanse effectively yet gently without irritating or dehydrating the skin due to its pH balanced formula. It also maintains oil water balance to prevent breakouts.
Other than that, the cleanser is
-Soap-free and fragrance-free
-Ideal for both face and body
-Can be used with or without water (leave on after wiping excess off)
The cleanser also defends against 5 signs of skin sensitivities: weakened skin barrier, irritation, roughness, tightness and dryness. The end result is dry, peeling, red, inflamed, itching or even stinging skin!
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is effective at removing excess oil, dirt as well as light makeup. Double cleansing using an oil-based makeup remover before cleanser is needed for heavy, waterproof makeup.
Regular exfoliation helps to unclog pores and removes dead skin cells. This is important for oily and combination skin. Besides using gentle facial scrubs/clay masks, I use an electric silicon cleanser gently. Exfoliation should be done only 1-2/week initially and can be slowly increased to daily once tolerated to avoid irritation.
Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream
Moisturizing is equally important in combination skin. The focus is to use a lightweight non-greasy moisturizer that’s fast-absorbing. Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream is non-comedogenic . It can be used on the face and body. It is also formulated to suit the whole family's skincare needs. Besides that, the emollients (sweet almond oil) and humectants help to bind water to the skin for durable hydrating effects using Moisture Lock technology. My skin appears soft and smoother after application up to 48hours. After 1 week, Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream restores my skin's moisture barrier.
Cetaphil Sun SPF 50+ Light Gel
Sun protection is essential both indoors and outdoors to prevent premature skin aging, pigmentation and over-secretion of sebum. Cetaphil Sun SPF 50+ Light Gel is lightweight, non-comedogenic, non-greasy and provides broad spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays. This light gel is gentle and can also be used for both face and body. Gel based skincare products are suitable for combination skin. Even though Cetaphil Sun SPF 50+ Light Gel is water resistant, reapplication is still necessary after perspiring, swimming or towelling.
Cetaphil is a reputable company producing dermatologist-approved skincare solutions. The first product is none other than its iconic Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser developed by a pharmacist in 1947 with ongoing research and development. Now Cetaphil offers face and body moisturizers, cleansers, baby care, sun care and products for common skin issues. The aim is to get healthy skin which is integral to leading a healthy life.
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