The most romantic day of the year is just around the corner, Valentine’s Day! Just with a mention of the V word I can sense a shudder from some and leaps of joy from others. Whatever you have planned, getting your skin looking flawless has never been easier with these tips I’d like to share with you.
We here at Procoal could rave about sheet masks until the cows come home. Hydrating, nourishing loveliness. The best part of a sheet mask is just how often you can use them, you can either use one every two weeks or follow suit of Korean beauty fans and use one almost every day. For a week before Valentine’s, try using them about 3 times in the build-up to really see a difference in hydration and radiance to the skin!
We know this tip can be a little stereotypical, but staying hydrated really does wonders for your skin! You find it’s clear of any pesky blemishes and looking plump and youthful without any signs of looking dull! Another bonus to remember is that you will be feeling less bloated and so slipping into your date night outfit will feel great, and leave more room for an indulgent pudding! You can also try swapping your morning brew for a cup of warm lemon water, packed with antioxidants it’s a natural energy boost and a great way of giving your metabolism a morning wake-up call, it helps with your immunity too, perfect for these chilly mornings!
Remember to keep your skin clean, you may be making a lot of effort to use face masks or a scrub, but none of this hard work will pay off if you start off with a dirty face, you will only end up moving the dirt around and clogging your pores. Start your routine by removing your make-up and cleansing the skin. This gives the following products a clear base to sink in and work further down the layers of your skin.
Now, we don’t want to sound preachy, but if you are after some Valentine’s glow, it’s best to leave the sugar behind. Chocolates and sweets are scrumptious, but they are terrible for your skin! Obviously, there is full coverage foundation to come and save the day, however for me personally, a light weight foundation with a stunning glow will always be the best look. If you can’t go completely cold turkey the week before the big day, then try and cut back, just a little change like that will have an amazing effect on the skin.
Eye cream can be a little controversial, some people can’t live without it, whilst others say it’s basically face moisturiser in a smaller pot for more money. Whatever your opinion, applying moisturiser around the eye area is something that will really benefit any signs of aging or darkness found around the eyes. The skin around the eye area is a lot thinner than the rest of the skin and are first to give away any signs you missed out on your sleep. Choosing a rich cream with avocado in it will help moisturise and nourish this area best.
Using a face scrub is great for many skin types. For dry skin you are able to buff away all the dead skin cells that can lead to build up and resulting in flaky patches on the skin. For oily skin, your ridding yourself of any excess sebum that can turn into blemishes and clearing out any bacteria in your pores.
Facial oils are a very simple way of giving your skin a little added help. Facial oils are full of anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals and even anti-inflammatory to balance the skin’s water and oil levels, making it ready for any other products you wished to add and to fight against the daily aggressors. For all you oily skin types, don’t avoid using a facial oil, it helps your skin too!
After all the care and effort you’ve made looking after your skin before V-day you will find your skin is looking beautiful and so healthy. What you do after is totally up to you, but as mentioned before, a light weight foundation and base makeup looks simply stunning. If you do have any areas you wanted to conceal you can use concealer for extra coverage without making your skin look too full on. Try mixing your foundation in with a glowy moisturiser for the ultimate, romantic makeup look, perfect for a candle lit dinner.
The classic red lip is a must for this time of the year, it feels like an unwritten law, whether it’s a first date or a night out with your beloved spouse. Red lipstick goes hand in hand with Valentine’s day makeup. There’s one trick on making your lippie looking even better, and that’s sparkling white teeth! Try Procoal’s activated charcoal teeth whitening powder, you will see a difference after the first use and will give your Valentine’s makeup look the wow factor.
You’ve gone above and beyond to get your skin looking flawless. No need to stop now! Keeping up this routine for a longer space of time will result in your skin looking it’s best 90% of the time. You can go the extra mile and introduce a serum and vitamin C rich products to your new routine too for optimal results, you will wonder how you ever looked after your skin before!
There you have our top 10 pointers on how to get your skin ready for Valentine’s Day, however you end up celebrating, we hope you all have a wonderful time! Don’t forget you can use these tips for other occasions too, such as weddings or birthdays!