Contrary to what romantic high school movies may say, not everything magically falls into place just before prom. It takes a lot of planning to transform your everyday version into a prom queen contender. Just like how you have to try on your clothes and arrange your transportation options, you also have to nurse your skin to perfection days — even weeks — before the big event.
While most western cosmetics are designed to hide flaws and blemishes, Korean cosmetics and skincare lines focus on prevention and perfecting the quality of one’s skin. With the help of these skincare products, you can expect to bring out your skin’s best features in time for prom.
- Cleansing Oil
The first step to have clear, bright, and blemish-free skin would be gentle cleansing. While proving to be quite popular, gel-type cleansing formulas are not one-size-fits-all. People with dry, sensitive skin are better off using oil cleansers for removing makeup and the dirt. In addition to minimizing tugging during the cleaning process, oil cleansers also have anti-inflammatory qualities. Some products, such as Etude House’s Rice Water Bright Cleansing Light Oil, only require a warm water rinse after every use. This leaves one’s face feeling fresher, smoother, and free of residue.
- Moisturizing Facial Wash
If you aren’t completely comfortable with an oil cleanser, or if you’re worried about oil residues that can aggravate your skin problems, you can resort to double cleansing. Double cleansing refers to using foaming facial wash after using cleansing oil or cleansing water. It is best to go with gentle cleansers with moisturizers, like Nature Republic’s Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera, so you can avoid that tight, uncomfortable feeling after washing your face. Keep to this cleansing routine up until prom night and you’ll notice lesser outbreaks and suppler and clearer skin.
- Nourishing Creams and Face Masks
After ridding your skin of the day’s grime, dirt, and oil, the next step is to moisturize and pamper your face with nutrients that make it softer and smoother. If your skin has a particular issue, such as drying or excessive oil, you can try using Tony Moly’s collection of triple-layer sheet masks that target different skin needs. People with combination skin and those who want to slowly but surely get rid of blemishes and freckles can use LadyKin’s Vanpir Dark Repair Cream, a nourishing formula is designed to suit all skin types. The cream stimulates the skin’s metabolism and helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles, blemishes, and freckles.
- Sun Protection
Last but not the least is proper and long-lasting protection from the sun. Since you’ll be using sunblock every day, it is a good idea to go with a product that combines sun protection with oil control. Bring your sunblock with you every day to keep your skin moisturized and protected while the sun is still up.