Skin Care August 28, 2015

Dealing with Last-Minute Skin Disasters

You want to look your best for a special occasion, such as a first date or a formal gala. Yet despite everything you do to get your skin ready, you may wake up on the morning of your event with a huge zit or even big, puffy bags under your eyes. The stakes are even higher when it is a once-in-a-lifetime event like your wedding day or your college graduation. What do you do? You have guests to greet and pictures to take. Here are a few tips for dealing with some of those last-minute skin disasters you might face:

Woman applying acne cream.

Start by applying a cold compress to reduce the inflammation around the area. Often, it’s not the pimple itself that attracts so much attention but the red, swollen area around it. Use the compress for 10 minutes at a time once every hour. Then apply a spot treatment on the pimple, but avoid any drying formulas. You don’t want your skin to be flaky and irritated. Whatever you do, DON’T try to pop the pimple. You could wind up with an even bigger sore that’s harder to hide.

Puffy Eyes
A cold compress comes to the rescue again. The compress can help to reduce swelling around the eyes and to reduce any redness. As with the pimple, apply the compress for 10 minutes every hour. You can also put a bit of eye gel on your finger and massage the area with circular movements. The massage will help to clear out fluid that has built up under the eye.

Woman applying concealer on her under eye region.

Dark Circles
It may have been a late night for you and your friends, so there is no doubt that the dreaded dark circles will find there way onto your face by morning! Fight these unwanted guests with TONS of water. Drink and drink until you can’t drink anymore. Then soak a tea bag in ice cold water, ring out well and apply to your eyes for at least 10 minutes. The antioxidants and caffeine will get the blood flowing and take care of these circles in most cases. Follow up with a great skin matching concealer and loose powder.

Streaky Spray Tan
You get a spray tan to have a healthy, sun-kissed glow, but you wake up on the morning of your event to find that it is a streaky mess. You can do two things to fix it: Apply a little self tanner to the lighter areas or use an exfoliant to scrub away at the darker areas. You can also use a combination of both techniques to get a blended look. Just be careful not to overdo it and make the patchiness worse.

Last-minute skin problems don’t have to be disasters. Use these tips to help you mitigate the problem and get the beautiful look you want.

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