February 14th: while some look forward to it with dread, others anticipate Valentine’s Day with giddy excitement. Ladies, before expressing any bitter sentiments for Hallmark’s favorite holiday, keep in mind that Valentine’s Day isn’t entirely negative… many vetted couples and budding romances alike relish the opportunity to give a renewed display of affection once a year.
Life gets busy, date nights get swept aside, and before you know it, the 14th can’t come soon enough—that is, until an unexpected blemish decides to show up just days before. Instead of trying to figure out a way to stop time and delay the date, read through these tips on how to (quickly!) achieve that radiant, confident complexion and correct sudden flare ups just in time for your special V-Day occasion.
And for those who aren’t feeling Cupid’s kiss this year, don’t worry—these skincare tips are helpful for any sudden blemishes that decide to pop up before a big event (be it a class presentation, weekend outing, or who knows, maybe a date!).
1: Don’t Use Toothpaste
You’ve probably heard this age-old wife’s tale since grade school, but just because it’s endured the test of time doesn’t mean it’s true. The reason women tend to believe in this skincare myth is because toothpaste does have drying properties; however, using toothpaste as a spot treatment often does more harm than good.
Toothpaste contains harsh ingredients such as menthol and alcohol which are intended for your teeth—not skin. When applied to skin, these strong chemicals can cause excessive redness, peeling, flaking and irritation. And those whitening claims found on the likes of Colgate and our other favorite brands? They can actually bleach your skin. A much better spot treatment option is salicylic acid for acne. This powerful skincare agent is antibacterial and can penetrate deeply into pores, clearing your complexion in no time flat.
Exfoliation is a pro tip before any event you’d like to look your best—whether or not you’re experiencing last minute acne. Sloughing off a dead layer of skin will reveal a more radiant, youthful glow and can help buff away those annoying fine lines. The key is to exfoliate a couple days before the big day to account for any redness or flaking. These mild side effects are natural with most exfoliants, but your best bet is to stick to a gentle exfoliant to mitigate any risk until you know how your skin reacts.
3: Flush Your System
Okay, we know that in your hurried frenzy, you don’t have time for the increasingly popular 5-day juice cleanse. However, if you can significantly increase your water intake, you’ll likely witness a significant improvement in your skin. Drinking more water can help cleanse your skin from the inside out by flushing out the toxins in your system and clearing your cells of built-up waste. If possible, double up on your intake of leafy greens, too; they’re chock full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants your skin will drink up.
Strong>4: Do. Not. Pop.
The first thing you’ll probably do in a pimple emergency is take your two fingers and go to squeeze that troublesome whitehead. Please, for all the will power that’s in you, resist the temptation. Popping your pimples is the worst thing you can do for your skin! Squeezing can push the pus down deeper into the pore, creating even more inflammation; it can also damage the surrounding cells, and if the bacteria spreads upon release, can leave you with several pimples instead of just one. Worst of all? Popping can create lasting scars, which will stay with you long after your date has passed.
Strong>5: Makeup is your Ally
If, worst case scenario, you have a stubborn, sudden blemish come Valentine’s Day (or any day you hope to impress), a strategic makeup application can make a world of difference. Be sure to pick up a green-toned concealer, as the green makeup corrects redness and can counteract any ruddiness in the affected area(s). Don’t overdo it, and dab a bit of pressed powder around your application to blend it in for a flawless finish.
We’re guessing your beau is so enamored with you that he’s unlikely to notice a blemish or two during your date, but we know how important it is to both look and feel your best—especially when spending time with the one you love. The next time you find yourself in an urgent skincare bind, whether it’s on 2/14 or any day of the year, don’t panic. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be sure to correct your complexion with ease.