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Remedies for Skin Emergencies & How I Live Radiantly with St. Ives

Thursday, May 7, 2015

What to do when your skin flares up because of stress etc.

I've officially finished my freshman year and I have to say...finals week really did a number on my skin. I know stress triggers acne in most people and some of you out there are still dealing with the stress of finals. I thought I would share my best tips for when you're skin flares up.

Ice it.
If you're anything like me, you probably think of icing a sprain, not your face. It turns out, doing an ice facial can help with a number of skin issues and helps cut down on redness and minimize pores. If you're really in a hurry, just splash your face with cold water after you wash it for similar effects.

Wear a mask.
I use my Queen Helene Avocado and Grapefruit Masque several times a week and it never fails to impress me how much better my skin looks afterwards. If I'm having a particularly bad skin day, I'll put it on for just a few minutes in the morning to calm and moisturize my skin. Choose a mask for your skin type. You can even make your own with household ingredients.

Moisturize.
The only thing worse than a broken out face is a dry, flaky broken out face. Be sure to keep your skin moisturized. I use Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture with SPF in the morning and Pond's Dry Skin Cream at night

Exfoliate.
The outmost layer of your skin can get dry and flaky pretty fast, so it's important to exfoliate at least twice a week to keep your skin looking fresh. I usually use Beyond Belief ABH Exfoliating Facial Scrub because it's gentle enough to use everyday, but for those days when I need a little something extra, I use St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub. Its exfoliation factor is "deep," so it really gets down in there and rids your skin of impurities. The salicylic acid can help with blackheads and blemishes as well.

Follow just a few of these tips and you can #LiveRadiantly, just like you did before your stress levels peaked!

*I received St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub complimentary of Influenster. I have, however, used this product before and all opinions are my own. :)

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