It’s prom season, and we know how important it is to look your best on the big night. Dr. Vish Banthia, Founder and Chief Medical Officer of ZendyBeauty, provides some DIY solutions that will help your face radiate with a healthful glow without breaking the bank.
Note: Zendybeauty connects visitors with cosmetic procedure providers. We want to stress that while we appreciate the beauty tips below, most teens DO NOT need any kind of cosmetic procedure and are beautiful just the way they are!
“CLEANLINESS IS KEY
Wash your face twice a day (no more) with warm water and a mild cleanser. Always, remove your makeup before you go to sleep, and throw away any old makeup that smells or looks different from when you first bought it.
“LEAVE WELL ENOUGH ALONE
Resist the urge to pop pimples – this can push infected material further into the skin. Keep your hands away from your face – this can spread the bacteria that cause pores to become inflamed and irritated.
To keep bacteria at bay, wash your hands before applying anything to your face, such as treatment creams or makeup.
“SCALE DOWN YOUR SKINCARE COLLECTION
One of the most common skincare mistakes Dr. Banthia sees is an overabundance of products in one’s daily regimen. Using too many products may cause an inflammatory reaction or further irritation.
Steam your face! This is one of the simplest, most inexpensive treatments you can do at home – all you need is hot water, a pot or bowl and a towel. The steam does double duty by cleansing skin of impurities and hydrating it at the same time. It also boosts circulation and draws blood to the surface of the skin, giving the face a warm, healthy glow. Just boil some water and put it in a pot or bowl. Tie your hair back and use a towel as a tent for both the bowl and your head, and lean your face over the steam. Do this carefully – give yourself about 12 inches of room – getting too close to hot steam can cause broken capillaries. One minute of steaming is plenty – exposing skin to steam for too long can actually dry it out.
Afterwards, try ZendyBeauty’s signature yogurt mask: Take one teaspoon of yogurt; squeeze a lemon; and put a pinch of turmeric. Mix and apply to face for 10 minutes on a daily basis. Turmeric has high anti-oxidant potential; other ingredients within have lightening and brightening potential as a bonus.
“SAY BYE-BYE TO CHICKEN SKIN
Keratosis Pilaris – those pesky little bumps often found on the back of the upper arms and legs that are commonly referred to as “chicken skin” – is a tough condition to treat and cure. The basic treatment concepts: exfoliate and moisturize. When moisturizing, use something super emollient, like Vaseline to trap in moisture.