To combat ‘maskne,’ I wear this hydrogel face mask under my regular face mask


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Believe it or not, my skin has become more stressed in quarantine than it ever was when I was a teenager. On the bright side, I discovered Masquebar’s Shield & Soothe Hydrogel Mask to protect my skin from my face mask.

I wear a mask whether I’m socially distancing outside or not. Unfortunately, my skin suffers from breathing into my cotton mask, which ultimately is a place for bacteria to fester. As a blockade between my skin and my go-to face mask, the Masquebar’s hydrogel mask is like a facial that no one but me knows is having.

Shop: Shield & Soothe Hydrogel PPE Facial Under Mask, $3.99

Credit: Masquebar
Credit: Masquebar

Available at Masquebar and Amazon

What’s great about the mask is its dual sides. The mask’s gel part features skin-loving ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, aloe leaf juice, and calendula flower extract. Not to mention, the hydrogel mask is free of sulfates, parabens mineral oil, silicone, petrolatum and phthalates.

What shoppers think

While the hydrogel mask has only been on the market since November, it’s dubbed the Best Face Mask of 2020 by Hollywood Life. Shoppers can swipe the hydrogel mask on Amazon as well, where it has 4 out of five stars. One shopper explained how it’s a mess-free mask.

“It’s not a wet consistency either,” they wrote. “The good stuff is infused in the gel, so it’s a mess-free experience. It doesn’t leave behind any excess goo as some sheet masks do. I have sensitive skin, and this mask did not annoy or irritate my skin.”

Another shopper said that it’s ideal for people wearing it under a mask rather than part of a skincare routine.

“I like this mask, and I like using it, but I’m not sure if I’d keep getting it since you’re essentially only getting half of a sheet mask,” the shopper noted.
“Might as well get something that costs about the same for my whole face, ya know? But it’s really a preference thing, and if you need more targeted care around your mask area, this is something to help with that.”

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