Keep your skin maskne-free!

Now that masks are an essential part of everyday life, it’s hard to dodge skin problems that come from wearing one whenever you’re out. Most healthcare workers are familiar with the effect of long-term mask usage, but for the rest of us, pimples and redness are hallmarks of teenagehood that we’d rather leave in our past where they belong. While a simple solution to what experts dub ‘maskne’ would be to just stay home, it’s not a realistic one given that life has to go on. But if you’re struggling with breakouts from masking up in Singapore’s tropical temperatures, we’ve got a skincare routine that’ll soothe your skin in no time!


belif Problem Solution Cleansing Foam

As with most skincare routines, we’re starting with a cleanser! Use a cleanser immediately after taking your mask off for the day if possible to wash away the buildup of dead skin and breakout-causing bacteria. This gentle foam cleanser from belief is suitable for troubled, sensitive, and oily skin types, with natural cleansing and exfoliating agents to restore a clear complexion.

Plus, it contains natural willow bark extract, which helps exfoliate and dissolve away dead skin, bacteria, and impurities to reveal a refreshingly clean and clarified complexion. The formula is also packed with deep-cleansing agents that gently yet effectively detoxify while keeping skin comforted.

This cleansing foam calms, soothes, and moisturizes the skin as it removes excess oils and debris, leaving the skin feeling pure, refreshed, and non-irritated. The best part? This product is dermatologically tested and is free of mineral oil, synthetic preservatives, dyes, and fragrances, and animal origin ingredient, which means that it’s cruelty-free and doesn’t include stuff that could be harmful for your skin, such as sulfates (SLS and SLES), parabens, phthalates, and more.


innisfree Green Tea Balancing Skin EX

For the next step, this fast-absorbing toner by innisfree, moisturises your skin while keeping the skin’s water-oil balance in check. Being a Korean skincare brand that’s become a household name locally thanks to its affordable yet effective products, this green tea toner lives up to the hype.

This moisturising toner remedies skin concerns by controlling your skin’s oil-water balance. In fact, it delivers a burst of moisture to your skin, leaving it with a smooth and silky finish.

In everyday life, green tea is known for its antioxidant properties. Now, your skin can reap those benefits as well — the Green Tea Balancing Line, specially formulated to help those with combination and/or oily skin, is the result of 10 years of dedicated research by Innisfree in the pristine Jeju Island.

Fun fact: the green tea used in this formula is derived from Beauty Green Tea leaves, which are cultivated purely for skin hydration, different from the ones used in drinks. They contain 16 kinds of amino acids to help restore clear and dewy skin.


Kiehl’s Calendula Serum-Infused Water Cream

Water cream might sound like a funny product name, but this one is no joke. This particular Calendula Serum-Infused Water Cream by Kiehl’s packs a dose of soothing hydration to make your skin fresh and radiant again.

But first, the elephant in the room: what is water cream? Simply put, it’s a lightweight moisturiser with a soft, unique texture that can be described as cloudlike. Regular moisturisers contain oils that make it more like whipped cream, while water creams on the other hand are water-based (duh!), which makes them fast-absorbing and very hydrating. Perfect for dry or sensitive skin types!

In fact, Kiehl’s water cream is uniquely developed to “house” their concentrated Calendula Serum within the water phase of the formula. The concentrated Calendula Serum is infused with Calendula Flower Extract and hundreds of micronised Calendula petals.

What makes calendula so special? For a start, each individual petal contains 5 discomfort-reducing compounds. They purportedly help skin resist early signs of aging such as uneven texture, dullness, and dry fine lines — perfect for soothing the skin after long hours of mask-wearing.


Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Creamy Mask

Ready to restore your skin? Combat maskne with masks! Formulated with ginseng, this anti-ageing creamy sheet mask gives the skin a more firm and youthful look. This is done by delivering a healthy dose of Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream EX into your skin through the innovative Double Wrapping Sheet™ face mask.

This mask endows you with firm, glowing skin by enhancing skin moisture, radiance, resilience and translucency. Plus, thanks to Sulwhasoo’s new Double Wrapping Sheet™ technology, this mask provides deep nourishment and optimises formula absorption by the skin, all without leaving any residue on your hands for easy cleanup.


Fresh Umbrian Clay Pore Purifying Face Mask

Finally, we’ve hit exfoliation! This 3-in-1 pore mineral-rich purifying clay mask helps you get your detox on, and can be used to instantly remove impurities that could clog pores. In fact, you can even use it as a daily deep cleanser or to spot-treat imperfections as they arise.

The secret ingredient? Centuries-old Umbrian clay, fresh’s proprietary ingredient, has a high mineral content that works to help balance, purify, and clarify the complexion without over-drying, which makes it suitable for all skin types. Besides that, the formula also contains sandalwood oil, which is known for its astringent properties and helps to calm the skin, plus chamomile flower and lavender water, which are notable for their soothing properties.

Now that you’ve got your anti-maskne skincare routine on lock, it’s time to branch out to explore different ways of keeping your skin supple and dewy — yes, even under a mask.