How to Prep Your Skin for Prom, According to an Esthetician
Prom season is like the high school version of award season — super glam, magical and unforgettable. Since prom is a few weeks away, now is the best time to start planning your hair and makeup, and prepping your skin for the big night. To help with the latter, we reached out to Jessica Houston, lead esthetician at BEAUTYBEEZ in Los Angeles. Below, she shares tips on how to prep your skin for prom so you look and feel confident for the big night.
Consistently Follow Your Skincare Routine
Rather than trying out products that claim to enhance your glow in time for prom, Houston recommends sticking with your tried-and-true skincare regimen in the weeks leading up to the big night. She explains that it’s better to stick with what works for your skin instead of introducing formulas that could result in a negative reaction.
Your skincare routine doesn’t have to be elaborate, either — you only need a few products. Houston recommends using a vitamin C serum (we like the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Dullness Vitamin C Serum), and a moisturizer formulated for your skin type. For dry skin, we recommend the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, while the La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Matte Face Moisturizer is a great option for oily skin.
The most important thing to remember, though, is that consistency is key. “Don’t wait until the last minute to try to fit all of your skincare in the week before prom,” says Houston.
Give Your Skin Time to Breathe
Along with sticking with a consistent skincare routine, Houston also recommends wearing minimal makeup about two weeks before prom to give your skin a chance to breathe. When you do wear makeup, you’ll want to thoroughly cleanse your face at the end of every night.
Try using a gentle, makeup-removing cleanser like the Thayers pH Balancing Cleanser. The pH-balanced formula effectively removes all traces of dirt, oil and makeup without stripping the skin, so you’re left with a soft and smooth complexion.
If you want to demo your prom makeup (practice makes perfect!), do so about a week before prom. Try to avoid wearing any makeup in the two days prior to the event. The two makeup-free days act as a total skin refresh, explains Houston. “The day of prom, you’ll have super fresh, prepped skin for an overall amazing look.”
On top of hydrating your skin with moisturizer, you should also drink an adequate amount of water. “Drinking water will help make your skin look and feel hydrated,” says Houston.
If your skin is feeling parched and needs an extra boost of hydration, she recommends incorporating a hydrating mask into your routine about a week before prom night. We love the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Mask. Infused with 10.5% squalane — an ingredient known to replenish and protect the skin barrier — the overnight mask melts into the skin and works overnight to deeply hydrate and nourish the skin.
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