Prepping Your Skin For Prom

 “ I regret taking such good care of my skin” - Said no one ever. Fact: Skin care isn’t just about your skin routine, it’s also about your health. Bad eating can cause acne and blemishes. Question: Where do I start if I want to prep my skin for prom?

Prom is approaching quickly and that is probably all your thinking about (but don’t forget to schedule your senior portraits ;)) However, one of your main focuses should be your skin care. No matter whether you have dry or oily skin, these are some important skin care tips you can follow before a special occasion. You don’t need any expensive products, Clarisonics or professional skin treatment to achieve healthy skin, simply follow these tips and you will have your skin looking glossier than ever.

When washing your face always wash in Lukewarm water to open your pores, when finished soak a clean washcloth in cold water and apply to your face. This closes your pores to avoid dirt or makeup to sneak it’s way in after your deep cleansing.

Moisturize time, whether you use lotion or expensive skin creams, make sure you’re moisturizing immediately after your shower and/or washing your face. However, over exfoliating can remove your skin’s essential oils, and cause more damage than it does good.

Drink Water. I know you hear this all the time and I’m not your health coach, however drinking at least 50 oz of water each day consistently will keep your skin and your body hydrated. It’s a win, win for everyone!

Watch what you eat. This is something I tell my seniors to do 1-2 weeks before their session and it is no different before a big event like prom. Avoid greasy foods like pizza and burgers, bloating foods like pasta and potatoes, and of course sugary sweets. Eat lots of leafy greens, vegetables, whole grains, and I even suggest watching your dairy intake.

Purchase a Humidifier, with the cold air arising your skin is going to need a pick me up and needs more natural moisture. This will guarantee your skin will never become excessively dry, place one in your room and ta-da! Natural moisture.

Overnight Moisturize. This tip is completely different from daytime moisturizing, once you’ve removed your makeup for the day or rinsing your face before bed, load up on moisturizer. Honestly as weird as it sounds, get your face as greasy as possible, overnight moisturizing is the most important step to avoid dry, flakey skin in the morning.

If you get eye lash extensions make sure to get your fill-in a few days before. Whenever I have a special occasion I always like to make sure mine are freshly filled.

Spa treatments. These aren't a must, but who doesn't love a little pampering. Allison says to make sure you get your facial 1-2 weeks in advance to avoid dryness, redness, and of course any allergic reactions.

Exfoliation. Make sure you exfoliate before prom. I personally would avoid doing a heavy exfoliation the night before but I love Philosophy's

Spray tans. Ok. I'll admit it. I used to HATE spray tans, but they have gotten SO much better over the years.  Make sure you exfoliate before going to get rid of all the dead skin. If you have spring break before prom make sure to wear PLENTY of sunscreen so that you don't burn.

Ok ladies! That's all for now. Keep an eye out for next weeks blog post which will be about all things makeup. I asked everyone’s favorite makeup artist, Allison (PinkLouLou) for her secrets for prom-ready makeup, and I cannot wait to share them with you!