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Surgical masks have already become the obligatory accessory. Let’s face it, the masks are going to be a part of our day-to-day for the unforeseeable future. This is the reality we’re facing with the current outbreak of COVID-19. Staying safe and virus-free is at the top of everyone’s minds. Surgical masks are constructed to prevent certain airborne germs and bacteria from penetrating, which means breathability can be an issue.

The masks are definitely putting a damper on our skin, potentially clogging pores, causing breakouts, or leaving our skin dehydrated. Your own skin and self-care don’t need to suffer for the sake of personal hygiene which is why we’ve come up with a list of essential products and tips to add to your skincare regime.

Cleanse with Step 1: Clean Skin is Key

Throughout the day, your face is inevitably collecting airborne bacteria and pollution. Thoroughly washing your face and cleaning your eyes, nose, and mouth is key to protecting yourself against infection and breakouts.

Rice has long been a staple of Japanese beauty rituals, it was popular to soak in milky rice water to reveal soft, smooth, and luminous skin. Tatcha has brought this timeless practice to life with The Rice Wash, now available in a special value size. Thanks to the rice’s naturally moisturizing proteins, together with Tatcha’s signature Hadasei-3™ formula, pH-neutral amino acid base, moisture-binding Okinawa red algae and ceramide-generating Japanese brown algae, it will wash away daily build-up and oil without stripping skin.

Get rid of dull looking skin developed by long-duration mask wearing by eliminating impurities. Dior‘s New Diorsnow Essence of Light Purifying Brightening Foam face cleanser gently cleanses the skin, removes traces of makeup and dead skin cells while reviving the complexion’s radiance. Enriched with Icelandic Glacial™ Water, using the cleansing foam day after day not only will leave the skin visibly clean and fresh, it will also be more comfortable, softer, and seemingly smoothed.

Apply a Different Type of Mask with Step 2: Rescue, Revive & Rejuvenate

Surgical masks have taken a toll on our skin which needs reviving now more than ever. At the end of the day, swap your surgical mask for a different type of mask. Choose masks that alleviate any issues your skin is facing.

10 minutes a day keeps the dryness away. Clarins offers three SOS Masks with plant extracts for instantly radiant, clear, and soft skin for all skin types and ages.

The SOS Hydra is a refreshing hydration mask made with hyaluronic acid complex and organic leaf of life extract that helps power the skin’s natural hydration process to encourage multi-level hydration.

The SOS Pure rebalancing clay mask consisting of organic alpine willow herb helps absorb excess sebum in order to reduce shine, refine skin texture, and minimize the look of enlarged pores.

Lastly, the SOS Comfort nourishing balm mask was formulated with wild mango butter to supply the skin with necessary nutrients, leaving it soft, comfortable, and supple.

For skin-reviving results, splurge on mtm labo‘s custom-blended reishi mask. This potent mask promises deep skin restoration, repairs and regenerates tired and lackluster skin by precious ingredients such as Japanese red reishi, ginseng and the complex Si Wu herbal formulation. Fine lines are visibly reduced and elasticity enhanced as the skin opens up to reveal a radiantly revitalized glow.


Moisturize with Step 3: Hydrate 24/7

We’ve covered the importance of a clean face and repairing your skin, now onto hydration. Keeping your skin hydrated is the easiest way to achieve your #skingoals.

Moisturizing and regulating oil production goes hand in hand. By keeping the moisture locked in, your skin doesn’t need to work as hard to produce oil. Japanese skincare line IPSA has developed its best selling formula, the METABOLIZER series which inhibits the activity of anti-metabolism enzymes and balances your metabolic cycle resulting in dewy and radiant skin with a near translucent glow.

Moisturize throughout the day with Jurlique’s brand new Exclusive Edition Rosewater Balancing Mist Five Roses which contains five rose extracts – Rosa gallica, Rosa rugosa, Rosa centifolia, Rosa canina and Rosa damascene. In its unique exclusive edition packaging designed by Japanese botanical artist Raku Inoue, you’re just a spritz away from soothing hydration.

Jurlique Exclusive Edition Rosewater Balancing Mist Five Roses is available at the Harbour City store on 1 Mar 2022.

Protect with Step 4: Repair & Strengthen

Last but not least, apply products that provide long-term protection for your skin. Surgical masks are here indefinitely. That means we need solutions to prevent and reduce any redness, irritation, dryness, and daily damage.

If your skin is in need of some repair, opt for DARPHIN’s Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum. It has a high-potency soothing serum with nano-water technology and an exclusive Calm Complex of 3 flowers  – hawthorne, peony, and chamomile to help instantly calm and prevent irritation.

Strengthening your skin can help protect against daily damage and visible signs of aging. SHISEIDO’s ESSENTIAL ENERGY Hydrating Cream, also known as the Power Cream, is powered by The Lifeblood™. Ginseng Root Extract and Hyaluronic Acid also help strengthens skin’s barrier, reducing the appearance of pores and fine lines and leave you with soft, supple skin.

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