When it comes to the lead up to a big event, whether it’s your wedding, a birthday or a significant celebration, it’s important to know what you’re doing with your skin.
Trying to up the ante with your regime can often do more harm than good. Most people these days know to avoid any new products in their routine in an effort to minimise irritation. However, there are some common mistakes which we still find hard to shake in the lead up to a big event.
If you have an event coming up and you want to get your skin in tip-top condition, here are four big no-nos to steer clear of.
It can be tempting to go a little overboard with the cleansing before an event, especially if you have problem/acneic skin. The problem here is that it can actually work against you – by stripping the skin of its natural oils you will stimulate it to produce even more oil. This overproduction of oil can lead to breakouts, irritation and excess shine.
Instead of over cleansing, try one deep cleansing mask. This can help to melt away hardened sebum sitting within the pores which a normal cleanser won’t really touch.
No one wants to see a blemish rearing its ugly head with a special event coming up. It’s so easy to give in and squeeze it but just stop right there! No matter how you go about it, squeezing a pimple will lead to some kind of scab forming. This can make it even more obvious once you start to apply make-up.
Think of your diet:
No we’re not going to go over how important your fruit and veggies are (because we know you’re already on top of that!) but there are certain things which can wreak havoc on your body. Try to avoid consuming too much alcohol and salt in the lead up to your event as they are big factors in water-retention which leads to puffiness.
Caffeine is another one to look out for as it can dehydrate the skin.
Don’t go crazy on your lips
Exfoliating your lips is becoming more and more common these days, but it can be easy to go a little too far. If you want super smooth lips for the big event, don’t be heavy handed when it comes to exfoliating. Excessive abrasion can damage and actually lead to further dehydration of the lips!
Instead, stick to one or two gentle exfoliations within the space of a week and focus on hydrating those lips! Keep a moisturising balm on hand to make sure they’re always up to scratch!
So, have you been guilty of any of the above? I think we can all raise our hands!
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