By Cori Goldfarb, founder and Creative Director of Truth + Beauty, a virtual beauty playground for grown-ups and teens.
As your Mitzvah day grows closer, you’re undoubtedly getting more and more excited (and maybe a little bit nervous). This special rite of passage is cause for celebration, and every girl dreams of looking her absolute best as she steps into the spotlight. At the same time, the challenge of learning your Torah can be a bit unnerving…and that stress might cause your skin to have some unwelcome pre-event breakouts.
Acne, which is oh-so-common in your teenage years, ranges in severity from blackheads and whiteheads to nodules and cysts. What triggers breakouts? A combination of stress and fluctuating hormone levels stimulate oil production which, in turn, clogs pores. Those unsightly pimples appear when pores get clogged with skin cells that haven’t sloughed off the way they should. The dead cells on your skin’s surface get sticky, lining the follicle and clogging it up.
Yes, breakouts are annoying….but they shouldn’t bring mishegas to your Mitzvah!
Here are 10 tips to help banish blemishes beautifully:
1. Never go to sleep wearing makeup; it can clog pores and cause breakouts. Removing every last trace of makeup should be part of your bedtime beauty ritual.
2. Use a face wash with benzoyl peroxide, it will kill bacteria and help keep pimples at bay.
3. Pat your skin dry with a clean towel. Always pat; never rub. Vigorous rubbing can actually spread bacteria all over your face.
4. Carefully spot-treat any inflamed areas with a salicylic acid formula.
5. Exfoliate regularly to slough off dead skin cells, but don’t overdo it. Over-scrubbing your face can cause irritation and inflammation that can lead to dryness and actually increase breakouts.
6. It’s smart to medicate your problem areas, but—as with exfoliating—avoid over-treating. Over-treating the skin with harsh products can cause irritation and inflammation. Choose gentle, non-comedogenic products, which are specially formulated not to clog pores.
7. Wash your sheets and pillowcases at least once a week in hot water so you’re not sleeping on bacteria.
8. Wash your makeup brushes frequently. Wash them with shampoo, rinse and hang with the bristles pointing down to dry.
9. Do not touch or pop the pimple. It will only make the blemish more obvious and risk infection and scarring.
10. Eat a healthy diet. Too many processed and fat-laden foods will cause your hormones to fluctuate. Instead, eat fruits and vegetables and drink lots of water to help skin stay hydrated and glowing.
Stick with these ten steps to help ensure you’ll be stunning and blemish-free as you step up to the Bimah on your very special day.
About Cori Goldfarb, Founder & Creative Director of Truth + Beauty
Cori Goldfarb lives a stylish fast pace fulfilling life with energies and passion devoted to her four children, family, active involvement in the community and local charities. Yet she still managed to find time to pursue one of her favorite passions: the science of beauty and anti-aging. As an educated consumer, she consulted top dermatologists for specific treatments—and visited multiple spas and makeup counters to pursue her meticulous regimen of beauty and maintenance. Eventually, Cori asked a pivotal question: “Why can’t I go to one place for all of my needs?” she said to her husband. His response “Build it yourself.” And so Truth + Beauty—a destination being hailed as the next generation in spas—was created.