The holiday season is upon us. Whether you’re attending one party or your diary is packed with social engagements, you want your skin to appear clear and glowing all season long. However, the stress of the holidays can lead to a sudden breakout. Keep skin flare-ups at bay with these breakout prevention tips:
1. Deep clean with a pH balancing cleanser
Great skin starts deep down in your pores. After all, when your pores are clear, you’re less likely to break out in spots. Clear pores and restore the pH balance by using a gel cleanser to rid your skin of dirt, excess oil and other impurities. CosMedix Purity Clean Exfoliating Cleanser does more than unclog pores and create an even skin tone. It also exfoliates with ingredients such as tea tree, and soothing peppermint oil. Salicylic acid and L-lactic Acid activate the turnover of cells to prevent breakouts. For additional deep cleaning, use it as a mask.Simply apply it to your dry skin and leave it on for up to ten minutes, then rinse it off.
Purity Solution is a deep cleansing oil that removes impurities and excess oil without removing moisture, which is critical during the drying winter months. The nutrient-dense solution features a conditioning blend of nourishing oils to ease inflammation and help skin maintain its healthy glow. It’s safe to use in the morning and at night as part of your regular cleansing routine, even if you have oily or breakout-prone skin.
2. Treat your skin
A soothing clarifying treatment will clear and minimise the pores and reduce breakout-inducing bacteria. Designed with oily and acne-prone skin in mind, CosMedix Clear Clarifying Mask blends clay and sulphur, as well as salicylic acid, Willow herb and other natural ingredients, to remove excess oil and bacteria and heal inflamed skin. Relax at the end of a long day by applying the mask to your face.
3. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Good hydration plumps your skin without overloading it. Well-moisturised skin not only glows, it also appears smoother and reveals fewer lines and wrinkles. A lightweight “heavy water” spray, such as CosMedix Mystic Hydrating Treatment, includes a precursor to Hyaluronic Acid that instantly plumps provides all skin types, even acne-prone and oily types. It soothes inflamed skin and offers antibacterial and anti-fungal benefits. Spritz it on your skin in the morning and use during the day (or before a party) to set or rehydrate mineral makeup.
While we’re on the topic of moisture, don’t forget to drink more water as well to keep your body and skin hydrated. Also, include more fresh produce and whole foods in your daily diet to increase hydration and get an extra dose of vitamins and minerals.
4. Don’t be picky
Many of us tend to adopt the posture of Rodin’s “The Thinker” during long meetings or at our desks at work. This unnecessary touching of the chin, cheeks and forehead may spread bacteria and irritate the pores, which leads to breakouts. If spots appear, it’s often tempting to pick at it or try to pop them. Resist the temptation! Picking at the spots spreads bacteria and makes them look worse. Use the CosMedix Clear Clarifying Mask as an overnight spot treatment to dissolve the infection and help your skin heal.
5. Avoid facial wipes
Stop using wipes, such as baby wipes and facial wipes, to remove makeup and apply toner. These are the worst offenders for disrupting the delicate pH balance of the skin. An imbalanced pH can lead to bacterial growth, inflammation and spots, regardless of your age. Instead, use a honeycomb mitt to remove makeup with water alone. American-made Supracor Spa facial mitt stimulates blood flow and is antibacterial. It’s a very cost-effective option for beginners. More advanced skin warriors may opt for a FOREO supersonic cleansing device. Made from soft silicone material, it’s gentle on the skin and is also anti-bacterial.