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How to Prepare Your Skin for Valentine's Day

Dear LovelySkin: Should I do anything special to prep my skin for Valentine's Day?

Dear LovelySkin,

Should I do anything special to prepare my skin for Valentine's Day?


If your skin is looking a little lackluster this Valentine’s Day, there’s still time to change that. A simple adjustment to your regular routine will give you glowing skin in time for your big plans. By preparing your complexion the night before, you’ll wake up to a beautifully refreshed appearance.

The night before

Don’t add any new products to your skin care routine at the last minute because these could cause irritation. If you’re not sure how your skin will react to something, it’s better to skip it. Cleanse with a gentle exfoliating wash like SkinMedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser. This cleanser removes buildup without leaving skin feeling dry or irritated.

Next, brighten your complexion with an oxygenating mask like bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask. This five-minute mask transforms dull, tired and sallow skin by brightening and energizing the complexion.

Then, apply a hydrating night cream, which will help give your skin a radiant glow. We like Neocutis Bio-Cream Riche (with PSP) because it hydrates and nourishes skin while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Finally, turn in early for lots of beauty sleep.

On Valentine’s Day

Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Wash with a gentle cleanser like Epionce Milky Lotion Cleanser. This mild formula removes dirt, oil and impurities without harming the skin’s protective barrier.

Follow with a sunscreen moisturizer to hydrate and protect your skin. We like Neocutis Journée (with PSP), which provides SPF 30 broad spectrum protection, replenishes lost moisture, minimizes wrinkles, camouflages imperfections and offers antioxidant benefits all at once.

Finally, keep your lips soft and kissable with FixMySkin Healing Lip Balm Unflavored with 1% Hydrocortisone. This unique balm contains shea and cocoa butters, plus 1% hydrocortisone, to soothe, soften and heal chapped, irritated lips. Finish applying your makeup and have a lovely Valentine’s Day!

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Kristen is a copy editor for LovelySkin who loves catching up on the latest in skin care and beauty trends. Her favorite things include cats, concerts and Harry Potter.

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