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. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we’re sharing helpful tips on how to get your skin in tip-top shape in time for the holiday. 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 Keihl’s Breakout Control Targeted Acne Spot Treatment (formulated with 10% sulfur) 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.
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 mask after exfoliating. We love the Lawless Forget the Filler Overnight Lip Plumping Mask.
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 hydrating La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Facial Cleanser. It’s formulated with LRP’s signature prebiotic thermal spring water, niacinamide and ceramide-3 to gently cleanses skin of dirt, makeup and impurities while maintaining the skin's natural moisture barrier and pH.
After cleansing, reach for a nourishing moisturizer that also serves as a primer for your makeup. We love the Garnier Green Labs Hyalu Aloe Super Hydrating Serum Gel 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 skincare-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’t go wrong with flirty lashes, a smoky eye and a red lip. Our current rotation includes the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara and the Maybelline New York Color Sensational Ultimatte Neo-Neutrals Slim Lipstick.
Photo: Chaunte Vaughn