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We spend so much time prepping and preparing for a pageant, but there are some things that you just can't prepare for! What do you do when your skin starts to break out and you have a pageant coming up? Unfortunately, acne is one of the things that can be a hindrance to us all, not just pageant beauties. Acne spawns out of various circumstances whether it be hormonal or a random reaction. However, there are a few tips and tricks that will help you clear up your skin before your pageant so that you won't have anything to worry about come pageant day!
1. Avoid drastic changes to your diet a week before the pageant. The abrupt switch in your diet can cause your face to break out or react adversely. Slowly make changes in your diet at least a few weeks before the pageant so that your body can become acclimated with the new diet changes. This also includes "cheat" meals. If you have been dieting before a pageant, keep it up until the end of the pageant. You don't want to indulge in some unhealthy foods before the pageant only to find that they cause you to break out. (Read: 5 Reasons to NEVER Crash Diet for a Pageant)
2. Wash your sheets and pillowcases regularly. This may seem like a hassle, but imagine all the bacteria that is festering in your pillows and sheets waiting to act your pretty, little pores. Wash your sheets, ladies and gents. If you don't wash your sheets every week, at least wash your pillowcase. Your face rests on your pillow for hours each day, so if your pillowcase isn't clean, how can you expect your face to be clean?
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3. Plan a year ahead! See a dermatologist to learn the ins and outs of your skin. Everyone’s skin is not the same, so what may work for me, may not work for you. Have a licensed skincare professional determine what is best for you and your skin. By giving yourself a year to work with your dermatologist, you can assess what works for your skin and what does not. Give yourself time to rectify the situation in enough time to avoid a pageant acne meltdown.
4. Wash your makeup brushes once a week. This something I am guilty of not doing. Just like your sheets, your makeup brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria. Once a week, treat your brushes to a wash. You don't need fancy a makeup brush cleanser for this, either! Baby shampoo or a gentle soap will work just as well. Avoid soaps with heavy fragrances as these will add more chemicals to your brushes that your face may not react well to. If you use a Beauty Blender, be sure to clean it well and let it dry completely between uses.
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5. Drink lots of water. By drinking water, you keep your body hydrated. What you put in your body reflects on the outside. Pure water going into your body will reflect pure and beautiful skin on the outside. Water will also help to rid your body of toxins that could clog your pores and is essential to a healthy diet. If you do not regularly drink a lot of water, start now! (Read: 5 Reasons to Add Lemon Water to Your Pageant Diet)
6. Use proper tanning lotions. For my tanners, be sure you are using the proper tanning lotions to prevent your skin from drying out. Acne can spawn from dry skin, and you do not want to do any last-minute tanning, which can cause your skin to revolt. Some girls will also choose not to self-tan their faces. If you choose to omit your face when tanning, be sure that you choose a darker foundation color that will match the rest of your body and not your face! (Read: The 5 Rules of Spray Tanning Every Pageant Girl Should Know)
7. Find a regimen that works and stick with it. Movie star Salma Hayek once stated that her best advice for good skin is to find a skin care regimen that works for you and is easy to conduct every day. Do not attempt to use a thousand different products. Find one and stick to it until you are ready to make a change. (Read: How To Establish A Skin Care Routine)
8. Use facial masks to deeply clean your face. Face masks are great to use every once in a while to give your face a nice, deep clean. However, do not use one right before a pageant if you haven't used it before to test for any adverse reactions. Here are a few of my favorites! Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask by Neutrogena This product is amazing because it is two-in-one treatment. You can apply it to dry skin and leave on for a mask or use as a face wash for a deep clean feeling. You can find this product at most drug stores for under $10. Queen Helena Mint Julep Masque This product will have you looking like Jim Carey in “Mask” when you are done applying it, but the results are far from comical. The mask absorbs excess oil, minimizes pores and leaves your skin looking refreshed.
9. Use natural products. We all have heard the commercials that tell us that no two people's skin is the same, and they are right. If you have a brand you trust or have used before and you have seen results, stick with it. As I previously stated, going to a dermatologist is the best way to prevent breakouts from occurring. Most natural approaches to clearing up acne, however, work for a broad array of skin types. Below are my favorite methods to clear acne naturally.
Cut a lemon in half and dip it into sugar. Gently scrub your face with the lemon in a circular motion. If your skin begins to sting, that means that the citric acid in the lemon juice is attacking the bacteria in your pores. Gently rinse your face off with water and apply your moisturizer. Lemon juice acts as an astringent and purifies the skin, while the sugar adds an exfoliating element to the mix. The lemon juice also lightens any preexisting scars if done over a period of time.
Pour ¾ baking soda and ¼ water into a bowl. Mix until it becomes a paste. Apply the paste over each pimple individually. Do NOT lather this mixture over your entire face! This can be too potent for the areas of your skin that are not affected by acne. Leave the mixture on your skin until it is dry. Grab a cup of ice cold water and rinse your face off. Do this morning and night.
It is not an old wives tale! Toothpaste is actually effective in minimizing the size of pimples on the skin. Dab toothpaste on a pimple the night before and allow it to stay on overnight. Wake up and rinse your face with cold water. The size of your pimple should minimize significantly.
Aspirin is not only for headaches and body pains! Similar to how you utilized the baking soda as a paste, crush an aspirin and add enough water to the crushed pill to form a paste. Apply to each pimple individually and leave on overnight. Rinse off in the morning with cold water. Repeat this as necessary throughout the week.
Follow these tips and you will have glowing skin for your next pageant! What do you use to keep your skin looking amazing? Let us know in the comments below!
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