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Post-mask life - how to treat your skin

Written by
Chloë James

It’s official: the age of masks is finally over. At least, if you want it to be. For the first time in nearly two years, it’s no longer a requirement in the UAE to wear a face covering in outdoor public spaces – meaning our mouth and nose are once again free.

If you’re one of the masses hit by maskne, this is a huge relief. High temperatures and humidity are on their way – and with a layer of cloth trapping the ensuing sweat, dirt, and bacteria in our pores, it can spell disaster for our skin. It might take some time for our complexions to recover completely, but there are plenty of ways to treat our skin as we enter the post-mask era.

Find a clinic or practitioner near you and enjoy a risk-free booking process thanks to free in-clinic consultations and the option to pay in-clinic. Also, you can now split the cost of your treatment into four equal, interest-free instalments using Tabby.

Say goodbye to maskne

The trouble with maskne was that whatever you did, there was no avoiding the actual cause of your breakouts. All the products in the world are no match for the acne haven that is a few millimetres of warm, damp, enclosed skin under a mask.

But now that our skin has a chance to breathe, the recovery can truly begin. Sometimes, the red or brown spots left behind by acne can be more troublesome than the spots themselves. However, these can be tackled with a few easy remedies.

RF microneedling

Combining the magic of microneedling with the power of radiofrequency, RF microneedling is a reliable choice for fading hyperpigmentation. With three to four sessions, repeated microdamage tricks the skin into replacing the remains of maskne with clearer skin.

Browse clinics offering RF microneedling.

Microdermabrasion

For a quick boost, try microdermabrasion. This exfoliates away the top layer of dead skin with abrasive diamonds and crystals, revealing the fresh new layer underneath. Each session will leave you with an instant glow – but also gradually fade any dark spots.

Browse clinics offering microdermabrasion.

Laser skin resurfacing

Another reliable method for eliminating all memories of maskne. This time, the dead cells are removed via laser, in turn stimulating the growth of new skin. Fresher and brighter than ever.

Browse clinics offering laser skin resurfacing.

Return of the glow

Acne isn’t the only collateral damage of mask life. Two years of chafing is a recipe for dryness – one which we’ve been layering up on moisturiser to try to prevent. Now, it’s time to restore our pre-pandemic glow.

HydraFacials

This isn’t your average facial. By cleansing, exfoliating, extracting, and moisturising, a HydraFacial is one of the most thorough strategies for rejuvenating dull, dry skin. You’ll need regular sessions to maintain your results, but there should be some visible improvement from day one.

Browse clinics offering HydraFacial.

Profhilo

If there’s a magic bullet for hydration, it’s hyaluronic acid. That makes Profhilo – the treatment boasting the market’s highest concentration – a go-to for glowing skin. Injected wherever you want results, it acts like a sponge to absorb and retain the water already in your body.

Browse clinics offering Profhilo.

Mesotherapy

If your skin seems to lack its usual oomph, mesotherapy can be used to top-up the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals needed to look its best. Multiple micro-injections – totally unique to your skin’s needs – are used to boost circulation and return skin to its happiest state.

Browse clinics offering mesotherapy.

Tweakments

Let’s be clear: reducing our mask hours isn’t reason enough to get Botox. However, if you’ve been putting off getting your usual tweakments – or trying something new – because you don’t want to hide the investment and effort beneath a face covering, now’s your time to shine.

Filler

The beauty of filler is that it can be used to add volume pretty much anywhere. Lips are the most popular area, but with masks providing the ultimate environment for infection post-treatment, now is the opportune moment for a top-up.

Browse clinics offering filler.

Botox

With our eyes the primary focus for so long, it’s unsurprising that demand for Botox around the eyes and forehead has soared since 2020. However, it can also be used to relax the muscles around the mouth to reduce the appearance of smile lines. Or, if stress has – understandably – upped the amount you grind your teeth, Botox injected into the masseter muscle can ease the habit while simultaneously slimming the lower third of the face.

Browse clinics offering Botox.

Laser hair removal

Unwanted hair can crop up anywhere and everywhere, but the once-covered chin and upper lip are popular (or, more accurately, unpopular) spots. Laser hair removal zaps and kills the pigment, thinning and decreasing hair growth. Everybody’s hair is different, and it can be a long process for some people to reach a near-hairless state, but it usually takes around six sessions.

Browse clinics offering laser hair removal.

Whether you’re continuing to wear a mask or not, they are plenty of ways to celebrate the relaxing of the rules – and the warmer weather – and give your skin a boost and fresh start.