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Korean Beauty Essentials and Tips to Save Your Skin from Wearing a Mask All-day

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, surgical masks or even N95 masks have become an essential accessory to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. But did you know that continually wearing a mask for long hours and change in diet and stress can potentially damage your skin? And the good news is you don't need to choose over your health and your beauty. We will get you covered with tips and tricks of how to take better care of your skin and pay more attention to your beauty regimen to keep your skin healthy-looking.

Citizen wearing mask in central London (REUTERS/Henry Nicholls)


The fact is even if you cover your face all day with a mask, the UV rays are still able to damage your skin, so preventing your skin from exposing to the sun is always a must.

Innisfree Intensive Long-Lasting Sunscreen SPF 50+ is a refreshing sunscreen that soothes and moisturises the skin with Centella Asiatica extract and Green Tea extract. With the non-greasy texture, your skin is protected and refreshed without stickiness.


We all know that you want to look gorgeous, no matter what. But the thing is blush and lipstick can easily leave a stain in your mask and trust me, it seems not really good. Also, heavy make-up, especially oil-based foundation, and lack of proper ventilation, do not go well together. Imagine how hard it is for your skin to breath while wearing a tight surgical mask for a long period, plus the oil from your cosmetic products is staying in your skin for hours. A perfect combination of pores and acne breakouts! Missha Magic Cushion Cover Lasting SPF50++ PA+++ gives skin the perfect coverage and flawless look with a light-weight texture. Also, silica bead powder helps control sweat and sebum for hours-long perfection.


Exfoliate your skin at least once a week to remove impurities and dead skin cells. What about a honey and black sugar mask? The Skinfood Black Sugar Honey Mask Wash-Off featuring organic black sugar granules that exfoliate and nourish skin for a smooth, clean complexion while rich honey softens and nourishes the skin.


Even if you think that wearing a surgical mask is preventing your skin from dust and virus, however, the skin actually doesn't have much space to breathe and can cause irritation especially for those who wear makeup under their mask. That’s why you will need a good cleansing balm to start your cleansing process. Not only will it remove dirt and impurities from the surface of your skin, but also maintain skin’s natural barrier.

If you are new to the double cleansing method, please click here for more information.

Try Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Purifying and Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser, a perfect start for your double cleansing process.


The skin around your eyes is thin and extremely delicate, so it’s highly recommended to use eye cream to protect and provide extra hydration. Just a pea-sized amount of eye cream should be enough to cover the skin under both eyes to prevent fine lines and wrinkles.

Try Pyunkang Yul Eye Cream for a refreshing daily experience. It comes with 50 individual packages containing 1g, which is so hygienic and convenient. The main ingredients are Astragalus Root extract, ginseng extract and shea butter which develop a firmer, stronger, moisture barrier around your eyes.


We tend to breathe through our mouth when wearing a mask which can cause our lips to dry and become chapped. New Laneige tinted glow lip balm contains the intense moisturizers of the LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask for a deep, penetrating moisture & dead skin cell care. The shea butter moisturizers melt naturally upon lip contact, delivering a soft-melting texture.


You might find it funny when we recommend you to move from one mask to another! Wearing surgical masks all day may damage your skin or make skin dehydrated, so it’s time to swap that mask for a nourishing sheet mask at the end of the day to rescue the skin.

Go on, give your skin the treat it deserves. Want to know more about sheet masks? Check out our article here for a full guide of sheet masks.

In the meantime, don't forget to eat healthy, stay hydrated and get enough sleep for the benefit of your skin. Also avoid touching your face, beauties.

Let's stay safe together and practice these good skincare tips during the coronavirus pandemic.


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