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Got a (very) hot date in just under a week, unfortunately a combination of pre-menopausal hormones and dermotillamania habit I'm trying to break my face is looking a tad pizza like. Any improvement would be GREAT! I'm normally pretty minimalist in my treatment of my skin as its sensitive. Just a gentle face wipe and Nivea moisturiser twice a day.
What methods products would you recommend.
Again VERY hot date coming up fb I'm hoping may turn into more
If the date is soon then you need good makeup. Can you go to a beauty counter and ask for their advice? You need primer, a good light foundation (or similar) and a great concealer. Perhaps also consider a facial (but not extractions shortly before the date).
One of the best tips I've seen from Lisa Eldridge is to focus on the best parts of your face and not to draw attention to the worst bits of your skin by trying to cover up too much. So maybe highlighter and nice blusher if your cheek zone is good. Otherwise, dramatic eye make up will draw attention there! Also make sure you have fantastic hair.
For longer term, like many on this board I am a fan of La Roche Posay. However I did break out for about five weeks when I started on the Effaclar Duo (but now my skin is much better) so I wouldn't recommend a dramatic change in your skincare regime shortly before a date.
Do you use facial/cosmetic wipes? If so then they are possibly irritating your skin, they are very harsh! Also Nivea is heavily scented so again, you may well find that's not helping you either.
La Roche posey is fantastic, especially for sensitive/problem skin. Hot cloth cleanse with almond oil Pat dry Apply serum, allow to dry Apply light moisturiser, allow to dry/settle at least 15 mins. Apply primer- I love clarins beauty flash balm. It's the tits. Then your makeup. It's worth having a go at a smokey eye a la you tube as it can make a huge difference to making your eyes really pop. Keep the rest simple. But flawless. Use a beauty blender to apply foundation, use a fixing spray at the end like Mac studio fix.
Smell lovely, iron your clothes and make sure you've got your best lingerie on! Also- make sure you're wearing something you can slip in/out of easily
Graphista - it sounds like you need to do an amazing lip in that case! Forehead should be fairly easy to conceal but I really would recommend an all over primer and light foundation (or BB cream etc). I also tend to redness but I find that a very light peachy blusher on the top of my cheekbones seems to work well on top of a good base. Bourjois do some good inexpensive blushers.
I think PovertyJetset's tips for how to prepare your skin beforehand are perfect.
What's your hairstyle? Can you do a sweeping side parting to take attention away from your forehead?
Hot cloth cleansing with cetaphil may help (instead of face wipes). It's very gentle and if you use it twice each time you cleanse it can really make a difference. Use a flannel as your cloth and warm-hand hot water.
Recently discovered that aspirin (aka aspirin facial) is magic for getting rid eruptions practically overnight. Crush up a few aspirins and mix with a tiny bit of water to make a paste. The paste will still be crumbly so when you put it on the affected areas use plasters to hold it there overnight. Looks ridiculous but it's miraculous and wish I'd discovered it 20 years ago.
I agree, ditch the wipes, they are hell for your skin, I have dry sensitive skin and like old fashioned skin care (I have no spots) I use baby lotion rubbed in then removed with damp cotton wool. I've always used it, I've tried other stuff but I always come back to baby lotion. Not Johnsons though as it stings! I use Boots, Sainsburys, Asda. I'm sure you get the drift! 😂 it's great at removing make up and leaves my skin very soft.
OP, Cetaphil is a non foaming cleanser for very sensitive skin that can usually be found in the medical section in Boots with all the E45 cream etc. A container lasts for ages and it works really well if you rub it in then remove with a hot flannel then repeat. It removes make up too so you can use it morning and night.