Surgical masks have become the obligatory accessory of 2020. 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 Coronavirus (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.

Senka Perfect Whip, HK$59/120g
DARPHIN Aromatic Cleansing Balm with Rosewood, HK$320/40ml

Senka’s Perfect Whip is a Japanese skincare staple that’s applicable for multiple skin types. Japanese women have been using this drugstore favorite religiously for years and now the internet has caught on making this a global sensation. Senka named this product “Perfect Whip” for a reason – it’s soft lather feels like whipped cream on your skin, removing all dirt, impurities, and sebum leaving your skin soft and nourished. Available at JP Beauty Style at LCX.

Wash away makeup, pollution, impurities, and germs with DARPHIN’s Aromatic Cleansing Balm with Rosewood. It has a honey-like texture with essential oils to wash away the bad stuff leaving your skin feeling nourished and rejuvenated, without stripping or irritating your skin.

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.

Clarins SOS Masks, HK$370/75ml
Armani Beauty Crema Nera Reviving Volcanic Mask, HK$1,700/50ml

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 Armani Beauty’s Crema Nera Reviving Volcanic Mask. It’s formulated with the Miracle Plant Extract REVISCENTALIS™, along with 90% naturally-derived ingredients that activate your skin cells’ antioxidant capacity.

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.

IPSA METABOLIZER, HK$490/175ml - HK$820/50ml
Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist Intense Deluxe Edition, HK$500/200ml

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.

*Get 1 Metabolizer for free when purchasing designated Metabolizer from now until 31 Mar.

Moisturize throughout the day with Jurlique’s brand new Rosewater Balancing Mist Intense Deluxe Edition which contains four rose extracts – Rosa Centifolia, Rosa Canina, Rosa Multiflora, and Rosa Gallica. You’re just a spritz away from soothing hydration.

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.

DARPHIN Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum, HK$490/30ml
SHISEIDO ULTIMUNE Power Infusing Concentrate, HK$620/30ml

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 ULTIMUNE Power Infusing Concentrate is made with ImuGeneration Technology powered with antioxidant-rich reishi mushroom and iris root extracts to strengthen skin, restore firmness and defend against daily damage. It also leaves your skin looking smoother, firmer, more hydrated, and resilient.

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