Skincare Routine for Essential Workers
While wearing face masks is a necessary step for essential workers to protect themselves and others from Covid-19, there’s no denying that protective masks aren’t exactly easy on the skin, especially when worn for prolonged periods of time.
From skin irritation and breakouts to swelling and bruising, essential workers have been dealing with the unfortunate side effects of wearing protective masks for months. Because we are so focused on protecting ourselves on the inside, it’s easy to forget about outside of our bodies. However, if you are an essential worker, it is now more important than ever to take care of your skin – and we have a simple yet effective skincare routine for you to do just that.
Important Things to Remember:
1. If at all possible, avoid wearing makeup, especially on the area of skin covered by your mask. Masks trap moisture from your breath and can cause bacteria to form - resulting in acne, redness, or inflammation. Adding makeup to the mix will cause additional irritation and clogged pores, resulting in breakouts and clogged pores.
2. Cleanse your face before and after putting on and removing your mask.
3. Use a toner or facial mist throughout the day to hydrate, refresh, and balance skin.
4. Repair your skin barrier with creams and oils rich in fatty acids, the building blocks of healthy cells.
5. Avoid products with harsh chemicals like alcohol, SLS, or synthetic fragrances, as these ingredients can disrupt the skin's natural pH balance.
6. Ease up on skin treatments like Retinol and AHA's for now, as they can be harsh on skin.
7. Always moisturize skin with a barrier cream after cleansing and toning, even if you have oily skin.
STEP ONE: Cleanse
Use a gentle cleanser to thoroughly wash face (with clean hands) before wearing and after removing your mask.
TIP: Exchange exfoliating scrubs with a soothing, gentle cleanser. Facial exfoliants can be harsh on skin, and you want to avoid excess irritation when possible.
TRY: Fleur de Néroli Charcoal Clarity Facial Wash
Cleansers containing gentle ingredients like Aloe soothe the skin, while floral distillates restore the skin’s natural pH.
Rooibos and Green Tea extracts provide anti-inflammatory and antiseptic benefits, helping to combat bacteria and irritation.
Vitamin B-5, Tamanu, and Jojoba oils soothe and hydrate skin.
Hyaluronic Acid strengthens and protects skin, helping it to retain a healthy balance of moisture and elasticity.
STEP TWO: Tone
After cleansing, use a gentle toner or facial mist to help balance pH and calm skin.
TIP: Gentle facial mists (formulated without alcohol) help to soothe, balance, and clarify the skin, while aiding the skin's ability to absorb hydration. Use as needed throughout the day to hydrate, soothe, and refresh.
TRY: Eau de Néroli Floral Mist
Witch Hazel replaces alcohol as a gentle astringent, helping to shrink pores while also soothing skin and easing inflammation.
Rose, Neroli & Holy Basil provide anti-inflammatory and antiseptic benefits.
Floral distillates restore the skin’s natural pH.
STEP THREE: Moisturize
Apply a thin layer of a barrier cream to skin, focusing beneath the mask area, 30 minutes prior to putting on your mask.
TIP: Barrier creams create a physical barrier between the skin and possible contaminants. Use a moisturizer formulated with nourishing oils and butters like Shea, Mango, Cocoa, Jojoba, or Vitamin E to deeply hydrate and protect skin.
Note: For extremely irritated skin, use Aquaphor on top of or as your barrier cream.
TRY: Néroli Crème Fraîche Barrier Restore Hydration Cream
Néroli Crème Fraîche: Contains Avocado, Vitamin E, and Jojoba oils to deeply nourish and protect skin while restoring elasticity. Shea, Kokum, Mango, and Cocoa butter provide deep hydration. Blue Yarrow and Frankincense essential oils reduce puffiness.
STEP FOUR (OPTIONAL): Nourish + Repair
If your skin is extremely irritated, apply a few drops of a nourishing facial oil to affected area.
TIP: Pat oil onto skin after moisturizing with your barrier cream or add a couple of drops to your moisturizer and apply as usual.
TRY: Nectar de Nèroli Facial Oil Elixir
Argan oil sourced from North Africa contains rich, fatty acids that protect skin from free-radical damage.
Jojoba, rosehip, & tamanu oils heal and soothe the skin.
Blue chamomile & frankincense essential oils minimize inflammation and brighten the complexion.
Plant-derived Squalane oils hydrate skin at a cellular level.
Thank you to all of our essential workers, and everyone wearing a mask during this pandemic. Wishing you healthy and protected skin, while you help protect us all.
Thank you to all of the front-line healthcare workers who are risking their health to keep us safe. If you are a healthcare worker who wants to shop with us, please email a photo of your medical ID to firstname.lastname@example.org for a special discount.
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