4 Festive Makeup Tips That Will Transform Your Look and Reduce Acne Breakouts

4 Festive Makeup Tips That Will Transform Your Look and Reduce Acne Breakouts

It's natural to want to spice up your look for new year's, but it's important that you do it in a way that will not make your acne worse or impede the healing effects of your acne treatment. 

1. The basics

Both women and men should look for non-comedogenic (non-pore-clogging) foundations and concealers if they want to cover up their acne or any marks and scars. Make sure your makeup does not contain any of the following comedogenic oils:

  • Cocoa Butter
  • Octyl Palmitate
  • Isostearic Acid
  • Myreth 3 Myristate
  • Butyl Stearate
  • Lanolin Acid
  • Oleic Acid
  • Isopropyl Isostearate
  • Squalene
  • Isopropyl Myristate
  • Myristyl Myristate
  • Acetylated Lanolin
  • Oleyl Alcohol

2. Add color, enjoy sparkle 

A fun thing you can do to make your usual makeup  more festive is to add unexpected bursts of color. or sparkle. Apply that red lipstick you've been wanting to try, or go with a different shade of blush. Finally, add a sprinkle of gold or silver dust on your lids, apples of your cheeks or de'collete'.

3. Look at those eyes!

Nowadays you can change even your eye color with colored contact lenses, but you can surprise people and accentuate your eyes in a much simpler way simply using makeup. Have you ever experimented with your eye liner? Simply thickening the line and adding some mascara can really change up your look. Have you been wishing you could get the cat-eye or smokey-eye look but don't know how to do it? There are hundreds of free tutorials online from beauty bloggers who love experimenting with makeup and want to show you how to do it too. Give these different eye looks a try, but remember that you'll probably need some practice to get it right, so maybe try it out a few days before your "debut."

4. Last but not least: Cleansing

So you rocked your new look all day and all evening, but now it's time to wash it off. Always remove your makeup and clean your face and neck (and de'colletage if you use makeup there). Clean your skin thoroughly before you go to bed but DO NOT over-dry or injure it in the process. Forgetting this step can have very negative effects on your skin.But over-drying your skin with too-harsh cleansers or creating small abrasions that open the skin for additional infection is also very bad for your skin health. So use non-comedogenic, mild cleanser, avoid hot water or scrubs, use herbal non-alcoholic toners (chamomile astringent) and light moisturizer.  

Bonus tip: Make sure you're washing your pillow case regularly in hot water to prevent the buildup of bacteria. The same applies to your cell phone. Of course, you will use antibacterial wipes on your phone, not hot water. Your face may be super clean, but if your pillow case or your phone is covered in grime, oil and bacteria, you're truly sabotaging your clean skin!

Enjoy the big night!

With a Promise of Clear Skin,
Dr. A 

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