Very few people are blessed with blemish free, glowing skin 365 days of the year. The rest of us just have to improvise 😛
A while back- two weeks to be exact- I began to break out really bad on my cheeks. They weren’t your average, hormonal pimples, but under the skin, headless cysts. I have never in my life broken out so bad and I knew it was either something different that I was putting on my skin or some changes in my eating habits. After a lot of thought and analysis (yup!) I came to realize that it was a health supplement that my body was reacting adversely against. I stopped immediately and there were no more new breakouts. But there were the old ones that I had to manage and it took me quite some time and effort to get rid of them. So, after being through the big skin turmoil myself, I’m writing out this article to help you lovelies take care of your skin and how to mange it when you break out!
1. Get to the root of the problem
We often try to treat the pimples that exist but fail to recognize the actual under laying problem. This could be any dietary changes or comedogenic products that might be blocking your pores. Scan all your products for any potential ingredients that you might be allergic to and do not use any new skin care or make up product unless you are sure it’s not going to add to the problem.
2. Use your most trusted products
Always keep some holy grail products at hand for any emergency breakout situation. They could be spot treatment, face mask or acne marks fading cream. I personally have a whole different regime for if I start to breakout and they are superheroes for my skin.
3. Put moisture back in your skin
So many of us are well versed with treatment products but we tend to forget that these products dry out our skin along with the pimples because they are mainly designed to draw out oils and impurities from the skin. This sometimes leads to scaly, stretchy skin. You know when it hurts to smile? That kind. Invest in a good compensating cream or your favorite moisturizer that is non comedogenic. My personal favorites are Avene Compensating cream and Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturizer with SPF 15.
4. Don’t cake your face!
We all feel a little insecure when we break out and feel the need to cover it up. There is no harm in applying makeup when you are breaking out. Just make sure it doesn’t clog your pores and don’t go over board. Going all out with a lot of product can lead to visibly uneven and patchy skin. Your best bet is concealing the blemishes with a concealer or foundation- whatever is your preference. Apply a thin layer first to see how much coverage you need and build up if necessary. Let the rest of your skin show to give an appearance of a natural finish.
5. Bright Lips to the rescue!
This works for me, EVERY SINGLE TIME because it draws all attention to the lips, taking away from your blemishes. The trick is to, however, use a bright lipstick for your undertone. If you’re cool toned, use a blue based color and if you’re warm toned, use a yellow based color. It is very easy to identify what tone you are; Examine the nerves on your wrist, if they’re green, you are warm toned and if they’re purple, you are cool toned. If you have a thorough mix of both, you are neutral toned. Which means you can roll with both the undertones!
Now, the reason for using a bright lipstick for your undertone is that it brightens up your face while blending in with your color. If you use a bright lipstick different from your tone on any normal day, it looks vivacious, bold and vibrant. But using it on bad skin days would actually make your face look stark, emphasizing any unevenness or patchiness.
6. Emphasis the eyes
If you’re not a bright lips person, you can always do a thick eyeliner, flick it out or double wing it. It does the same thing as the bright lips, drawing attention away from any incorrections of the face. This, luckily has no rules. Do a colorful eye or keep it classic. Whatever you fancy!
7. Rock your gorgeous locks
You know what depresses me more than a bad skin day? A bad skin day along with a bad hair day, particularly if I have somewhere important to go to. I always do my hair perfectly when my skin is breaking out. It makes me feel put together and even though my face is giving me a tough time, my hair is saving the day by being FABULOUS! *dramatic hair flip*
8. NO SHIMMER! SHIMMER IS BANNED!
Now, this doesn’t apply for eye makeup. It’s for any luminizing primer, shimmery highlighter or face powder with flecks of glitter. Shimmer essentially enhances the texture of your skin and also any unevenness that comes with it! It is also guilty of highlighting open pores and marks. Just bid it a short farewell until your skin clears up!
These were some tips and tricks that I follow when I’m having bad skin days and I hope it help you lovelies out with yours too! And always, remember, you are gorgeous even when your skin decides to throw a tantrum!
Until next time, lovelies, stay beautiful! :*