Our R&D expert, Jade Frucot, gives you some advice on how to strengthen and protect your skin, while respecting safety instructions.
Jade, can you tell us a little bit about your background and your role at evoleum?
I am a biotechnology engineer specializing in skin tissue metabolism. I worked for 3 years in a laboratory evaluating aesthetic devices related to the improvement of skin parameters. Today, I am at the head of evoleum's R&D department. Thanks to my expertise in nutricosmetics, I was able to develop for evoleum the first cosmetic-drinkable first aid products. It is a complete and efficient range, composed of 3 formulas thought as a synergy of active ingredients where each ingredient counts, completes, stimulates and supports the action of the other in order to improve the skin's parameters. Excellence has always been at the heart of my thinking during these months of research.
With the arrival of the mask in our daily lives, many questions arise as to how our skin reacts to this newcomer.
What changes can we expect, from a cutaneous point of view?
It is true that wearing the mask, which is in direct contact with our skin, brings about various changes in the skin environment.
Firstly, we notice that rubbing and areas of increased pressure are observed on the top of the nose and cheeks, the chin and behind the ears. These areas of contact, in addition to causing redness and irritation due to friction, send a message of aggression to the skin cells, which respond to this mechanical stress through biochemical reactions. To defend itself, the skin will produce collagen to resist the pressure (which can be positive) but also sebum to fight against the drying of the skin, linked to friction. This excess of sebum can lead to the appearance of blackheads and acne pimples.
The other phenomenon that can be harmful to the skin comes from the fact that the role of the mask is to be 'hermetic'. It filters the air but retains the moisture and droplets emitted when we breathe, hence its interest in preventing Covid-19 contamination. It is important to know that the air we exhale is 10 times more loaded with water than the air we inhale. This moisture is then retained by wearing the mask, causing maceration of the skin. Asphyxiated, the sweat cannot evaporate and leads to clogging of the skin's excretion channels. The pores, in particular, become clogged, which can lead to the appearance of acne pimples or the aggravation of existing acne.
Are skin reactions different depending on the type of mask we wear? If so, which material(s) should be preferred?
It is clear that the material of the masks and the way they are made can have an influence. This is why the choice of mask is essential.
Breathable materials such as cotton, preferably organic and ethical, should be preferred. Synthetic materials such as polyester should be avoided. Choosing a neutral fabric or a vegetal coloring is a plus to avoid prolonged contact with chemical dyes. Choose masks made in France: it's good for your skin, for our beautiful country and for the environment.
And in terms of beauty routine, what advice would you give to limit these inconveniences?
More than ever, skin hygiene is essential. For example, it is preferable to avoid covering foundations when wearing a mask so as not to increase its asphyxiating effect.
Then, for dry and fragile skin, I recommend the use of greasy substances such as a nourishing cream or vegetable oils and butters to limit friction and reduce irritation and redness. For combination to oily skin, it is preferable to use lotions enriched with antioxidants that will strengthen the skin without making it more greasy.
Finally, cleansing your skin in the evening remains essential with or without the mask.
Is it also possible to act orally, for an indoor action ?
Indeed, we can also act from the inside to strengthen our skin, by providing it with useful nutrients. For dry skin that is more prone to irritation, redness and itching, it is important to provide fatty acids, vitamins and minerals and active ingredients that reinforce skin hydration.
At evoleum, Radiance cosmetic-drinking care, formulated from Hyaluronic Acid, Ascophyllum Nodosum algae and the evoleum micro-nutritive complex, is an excellent ally in the fight against the appearance of redness and to promote the radiance of beautiful skin. In a 21-day cure, skin hydration is improved by an average of +24%.
For oily skin at risk of worsening acne or blackheads, it is important to provide oral antioxidants to boost the skin's defenses and reduce redness. Zinc can also help regulate sebum production. In addition, draining active ingredients such as young juniper shoots or birch sap can also help the body eliminate toxins and thus reduce the appearance of acne pimples.
Ourcosmetic care-drink Oxygenation formulated from grape-seed polyphenols, young shoots of Juniper and the micro-nutritive complex evoleum, is ideal to accompany mixed to oily skin that is attacked by its masks. This cure protects the skin from oxidative stress and strengthens it.
What other advice would you give?
Letting your skin breathe is essential. As soon as possible, at home or alone at your workstation, remove your mask, taking great care not to touch your face, to limit the effects linked to skin maceration. Remember to wash your hands thoroughly before using it or to provide a second mask to replace it.
It's not clean when the mask comes into our lives, but being physically active helps to cleanse the skin from the inside out. During physical exertion, blood circulation speeds up and the liver and kidneys are activated to cleanse the body. By promoting this drainage, the elimination of waste products from the skin is promoted.
Even if you have to be careful when choosing your mask, the combination of an in & out routine and regular sports practice are the keys to preserving your skin from the aggressions linked to wearing a mask.e.