With the holidays just around the corner, you no doubt have plenty of holiday parties to attend, but with the stress this time of year, something else could be just around the corner: blemishes! Whether you are in your early 20s and have frequent outbreaks or you are in your 30s and 40s and still find yourself annoyed at the occasional blemish, there are a few steps you can take to minimize the irritation before you head to your next party.
Minimize redness and swelling – Sometimes the occasional blemish is one for the record books, but one simple way to minimize swelling and redness is to apply an ice cube to the area for just five minutes. Ice reduces redness and helps bring swelling down – just don’t leave ice on the skin too long or you’ll end up burning the skin! A blemish before a party is enough for one girl to handle.
Apply concealer – After trying to reduce swelling, gently use a makeup brush or your fingertip to apply concealer to the blemish. Some acne treatments come tinted, so they are perfect to use in place of concealer underneath foundation. Allow the concealer to dry before you apply foundation, and always pat the makeup on, rather than rub, to prevent further irritation. Minimize redness by using a green tinted concealer or acne treatment – try Clinique’s Acne Solutions Clearing Concealer.
Seal with a powder – Since you won’t want the concealer and foundation running off the blemish, always set the makeup with a translucent powder, such as Lorac Face Powder, to keep the foundation in place. If your blemish is still a little noticeable, apply a second layer of concealer on over the foundation and powder, and then once again brush the area with the powder. Covering a blemish is tricky – too much makeup sometimes draws attention to the inflammation, so use it sparingly.
Stress can cause breakouts around the face, but if your skin is prone to them try using a gentle cleanser with salicylic acid to keep dry skin cells from clogging pores. Washing the skin each night to remove makeup, buildup and other grime is also essential in maintaining healthy, clean skin. It’s important not to wash the face too much, as the skin will naturally develop more oil to keep nourishing the skin. If you wash the skin too much, you could either experience excess dryness or oiliness – and neither of these are good options!
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