Got a special event coming up and want to get your skin looking its best? Here are some skincare habits from the basics to extra pampering that will banish breakouts fast or prevent pimples altogether. Find the moisturizer that’s perfect for your skin type, create great skin from the inside out, and, by all means, treat yourself to a professional facial. Keep reading for more tips to help you put your best face forward.
Schedule Monthly Professional Facials
Aestheticians will lightly steam your skin to draw out impurities and then massage and clean your face, neck, and décolletage to stimulate blood circulation. When your skin is perfectly clean, they will take a look at your skin and choose products specifically meant for your skin type. Sometimes they will do a light or deep scrub, and following that they will do a mask or peel. Getting a facial done professionally is important because they take care of things you may have overlooked or just didn’t have time for, like taking the right steps and using the right products.
Use Skin-Specific Moisturizer
Look for a moisturizer that is tailored to your skin concerns. Sensitive skin needs a fragrance-free product. Finding an oil-free formulation isn’t necessary for dry skin but go with a moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid or ferulic acid. Oily skin needs ingredients like hyaluronic acid or ferulic acid, which helps your skin balance water. You don’t want to add more moisture to oily skin, but you do want to hydrate. If your skin is prone to breakouts, look on the label for a moisturizer that’s noncomedogenic.
Sweat It Out
Regular sweating can improve the tone, clarity and texture of your skin. It allows your body to flush out the impurities embedded in the dermal layer of your skin. You will get rid of pollutants and dirt as well as old makeup and chemical residue. Sweating increases circulation and brings nutrient-rich blood to the surface of your skin. This nutrient dense blood will help plump up tiny wrinkles and slow future collagen breakdown.
Protect Your Lips with SPF 30
Prevent your lips from getting chapped If you spend lots of time outdoors in sunny, windy, or cold weather. Slathering healthy lips with SPF 30 lotion to keep them hydrated is easier than healing them when they’re cracked and dry.
Get Rid of Pimples with Benzoyl Peroxide
Popping a zit is a bad idea. If you need to eliminate a zit right before a big event, you have two choices. Dabbing benzoyl peroxide gel directly on the blemish will dry it out over the next couple of days. A faster but more expensive solution is to ask your doctor about an anti-inflammatory steroid injection.
Use a Deep Cleaning Mask
A mask will enhance but should not replace your daily face-washing routine. Deep cleaning with a mask will help melt the hard, oily sebum in your pores and prevent buildup of oil and dirt. Washing by itself won’t get rid of that sebum. Use a mask every other day if your skin is oily and once or twice each month If you have dry skin.
Eat Super Foods for Hydration
Every type of skin craves water. Snacking on naturally hydrating foods like watermelon, cucumbers, tomatoes, grapefruit and kale will help your skin stay fresh. Of course drinking plenty of water per day is also a big skin plus.
Control Excess Facial Oil
Use a mild face wash, skip the toner and add a lightweight oil-free moisturizer to get excess oil under control. Washing your face too much will kick oil production into overdrive. Blotting papers will also help keep your face shine-free when you’re on the go.