Half-Face Sheet Masks Are Taking Over TikTok

As new varieties spread around the world, wearing a protective mask is still an important and effective measure to keep yourself and others healthy. But all that regular mask wear, important as it may be, was still an adjustment for our skin. In fact, a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology reported a 97 percent rate of skin damage (from mask to skin irritation) compounded by infection prevention efforts among frontline medical workers in Hubei, China. While non-frontline workers don’t wear masks as often, we all know that the after-effects of angry itchy skin and acne are only part of regular mask use. This does not mean that we should throw away our masks, but rather that we should adjust our routine a little when we have new skin problems. Skin care influencer Alexa Johnson – aka @glowopedia on TikTok – posted an ingenious solution on TikTok that went viral.

While traveling, Johnson announced that she wore a half-face sheet mask under her protective mask for “about 45 minutes”. “It helped me rehydrate my skin and my face didn’t feel as brownish and cracked as masks usually do,” she said in the video. It also formed a barrier between her skin and her protective mask.

The sheet mask presented was the Shield & Soothe PPE Facial Hydrogel Mask from Masque Bar, which was specially developed for medical masks. Enriched with hyaluronic acid, aloe vera and calendula, it provides deep moisture, soothes the skin and evens out the skin tone. Johnson says she bought the mask from Target, but you can also find it on amazon.com and masque.bar. With the viral spread of the skin care tip “double mask” (with over three million hits), the masks are guaranteed to fly off the shelves.

Whether or not you try the half-face mask trick to soothe the skin with prolonged use of the mask, the most important thing is that you wear the mask that counts – the surgical one that protects you. That being said, washing and moisturizing your face and cleaning or replacing your mask on a daily basis are often tricks that haven’t gone viral but work to keep pesky masks or dry skin away. However, if you want to create a new meaning for double masking, there are a few options you can try.

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