Taking Care of Your Skin in this Time of Face Masks

I’ve been getting a lot of customers with complaints of breakouts and irritated skin lately. It isn’t surprising as we’re all required to wear face masks when out in public. The use of these masks is new to most of us and even those that are accustomed to wearing them are having to wear them for longer periods of time than ever before.

When we’re wearing these masks, they’re causing friction on the skin. That friction causes irritation and, depending on how sensitive your skin is, possible red dry patches. Even if the skin isn’t irritated, breathing in and out trapped warm air combined with humidity and sweat creates an optimal environment for bacterial growth. And you guessed it…that bacteria can lead to breakouts.

It’s important to wash your face masks daily. What? I know it’s daunting, but it’s important to have a rotation of face masks for this reason. I hand wash mine in the sink with gentle laundry detergent and let them air dry. I also keep a stack of disposable ones handy so I can use those if I haven’t had a chance to wash my cotton ones. Wearing dirty masks with makeup residue, oil, and dirt is a recipe for disaster.

Also, make sure you’re exfoliating. It’s always important, but it’s even more important now. Ensuring that the dead skin cells are sloughed off will give you a better chance of avoiding clogged pores.

Lastly, don’t forget to moisturize. A healthy skin barrier keeps irritants out while locking natural oils and moisture in. Making sure your skin barrier is in good shape is the best way to prevent mask irritation.



These cute cotton masks are machine washable and at $12 for three, you’ll be able to change them out regularly.



Cane and Austin Glycolic Pads are a great way to ensure the top layer of dead skin cells are removed without overly drying out your pores.


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I have been a beauty junkie for what seems like forever, but before I did anything about it, I went to law school. (Yes, my life is a little like the reverse of Legally Blonde.) Then, I worked as a prosecutor in Sonoma County after which I moved to the DC area with my husband in ’97. I served as Majority Counsel to the Senate Banking Committee followed by a year-long stint at a lobbying firm. You get the picture. It was then that I decided to act on my dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Finding my favorite beauty products proved to be impossible without stepping foot in a mall–the horror. So, I decided to bring my favorites to Alexandria. A few trips to New York and a flight to France and Bellacara was born in March 2000.

Located in historic Old Town Alexandria, for more than 17 years Bellacara has been Northern Virginia's preeminent boutique for high end cosmetic, skincare and haircare products. At Bellacara you will find premiere beauty products that have been carefully edited by the store’s owner, Angela Sitilides, who personally tests all the products sold in store. The boutique carries only the best product lines – Kiehl’s, Jouer, Dr. Dennis Gross, Christophe Robin, Moroccan Oil, Bumble & Bumble, Fresh, Molton Brown, Skinceuticals, Smashbox, Stila, Mario Badescu, Clarins, Dermalogica, Kevyn Aucoin, Kai, Child, St. Tropez, Smith and Cult, and many more.


1000 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


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