I love a good facial as much as the next girl, but I'm the first to admit that my skin isn't particularly pretty in the moments following my appointment. Flawless skin doesn't come without a price tag, apparently, and in this case, the cost is 24 hours of a less-than-lovely complexion. But it's so worth it.
avoid clogging your pores just after getting them cleaned
Despite the (temporary) splotchiness and redness in the aftermath of a facial, I rely on this popular pampering treatment to return my complexion to a more even-toned and pimple-free state. Adhering to the aesthetician's orders, I also avoid makeup like Manolos on subway grates to prolong the purity of my newly-cleansed skin.
Yet there are many occasions-work events, hot dates, dinner with your overly critical mom-that warrant a dab of cover-up here and a splash of bronzer there. What to do, what to do! Zeel skincare experts tip us off on intelligent techniques for applying makeup following a facial.
New products. This may seem excessive, but you may benefit from using a whole new batch of shadows and shades. By using brand-new products, advises licensed aesthetician Brenda Gilbert, you reduce the risk of introducing bacteria to your newly-polished skin.
Clean brushes. Another way to avoid contaminating your skin with bacteria is to clean your brushes. Exfoliated skin is especially susceptible to dirt and germs.
Mineral makeup. Seven Brown, an internationally recognized beauty expert, recommends wearing mineral-based powders and sticks, which are less likely to clog up freshly-opened pores.
Eyes and lips. If you can, stick to the eyes and lips when applying makeup and steer clear of heavy concealers. Take the opportunity to try a new shade of gloss!
A special blend. Jean Dachnowicz, a licensed aesthetician who works with renowned dermatologist Dr. Barry Goldman, is happy to apply a makeup base (upon request) that contains salicylic acid, which prevents pore clogging. Jean happens to be my aesthetician, but perhaps yours will too!