Saloni Subha ( Intern Journalist ) In weather that is fluctuating between hot to humid, and with rains lashing the city, it’s high time to adopt skincare ritual that will keep our skin our skin hydrated and healthy. The remedies that we follow this season must also factor in the effect of wearing a mask throughout the day. So, from selecting the best fabrics for a daily-use mask to keeping skin healthy while wearing one, here is what expert advice suggests.

Dr. Geetika Mittal Gupta, a cosmetic physician, suggests using lukewarm water to wash face. “Wait for the redness to calm down. Avoid warm showers. Consider avoiding makeup that is comedogenic or can cause irritation”, she advises. It’s also important to make sure that you wash your face with PH balanced cleanser, Pat dry with a soft towel and apply a non-comedogenic, fragrance-free moisturizer before putting on masks. If you have acne use an oil-free moisturizer.

The elastic behind the ears can cause irritation. Apply a barrier cream, Vaseline, or a silicone-based cream before wearing a mask. An oatmeal mask made by mixing crushed oats and water can help soothe irritation. Opt for it instead of harsh scrubs.

Also, the part of the mask near your mouth needs to be most Hygienic and free of any chemicals. Go for pure and organic fabrics that are treated naturally instead of chemically. “I would recommend organic robust fabrics such as silks, cotton, linen, or khadi that use natural dyes and are washable.

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