How to Achieve a Flawless Complexion in Time for Valentine’s Day
In our opinion, the best thing to pair with your LBD on a date night is flawless-looking skin from head to toe. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we’re sharing helpful tips on how to get your skin in tip-top shape. Whether you’re planning on having an intimate date night in or celebrating with your galentines over video chat, keep reading for five ways to get glowing skin this February 14th and beyond.
Before Valentine’s Day
Since blemishes don’t disappear overnight, it’s best to be proactive to help keep them at bay. Start by regularly cleansing your skin with a cleanser formulated with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to help remove pore-clogging dirt, impurities, dead skin cells and excess oil.
You can also show breakouts who’s boss with a powerful acne spot treatment. Apply a thin layer of the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (formulated with benzoyl peroxide) nightly leading up to a date night to help reduce the appearance of inflamed zits.
Apply a Face Mask
A great way to target skin issues is to give yourself an intensive treatment in the form of a face mask. Choose one based on your top skin concern, be it clogged pores or dullness. Check out our ultimate guide to face masks for the best product recs.
Pamper Your Pout
Exfoliate your lips the night before a date night with a gentle lip scrub. Removing these dead skin cells will not only help target chapped lips, but will also improve the look and application of lipstick. Just don’t forget to hydrate your lips with your favorite lip balm, salve, or conditioner after exfoliating.
On Valentine’s Day
Cleanse and Hydrate Your Skin
Properly cleansing and hydrating your skin will help give you a flawless canvas for makeup. To make your life easier, start with a multi-tasking cleanser like the Garnier Green Labs Canna-B Pore Perfecting 3IN1 Cleanse + Exfoliate + Mask. It cleanses, minimizes pores and helps reduce shine, while being gentle on skin.
After cleansing, reach for a nourishing moisturizer that also serves as a primer for your makeup. We love the Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel Facial Balm because it’s lightweight yet effective, helps plump skin, reduces redness for a more even complexion and gives skin a natural glow. Next, apply a skin-care-infused foundation, like the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation, for an extra hydration and radiance boost.
Be Bold With Makeup
A holiday is the perfect excuse to get creative and have fun with your makeup. For a date night, you can never go wrong with flirty lashes, a smoky eye and a red lip. In our current rotation are the L’Oréal Paris Air Volume Mega Mascara and the Maybelline New York Color Sensational Ultimatte Lipstick.
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