How to Conceal a Winter Blemish Without Make-up
Winter brings so much joy. Outdoor activities like skiing, snowboarding and ice skating. Family-oriented holidays such as Thanksgiving, Chanukah and Christmas, but winter can also take a toll on our skin. The temperature is colder, the air gets dryer, and not to mention that those very same holidays also bring candy, liquor and other foods and beverages sure to wreak havoc on our appearance.
For many of us, in fact, winter brings on the blemishes – from acne, to blackheads to blotchy redness. At one point or another in our lives, all of us, male and female, when waking up and staring at a pimply or pockmarked face in the mirror, simply relied upon slapping on some cover up or makeup. Of course, we all soon learned that doing just that makes our blemishes worse.
With the winter months upon us, now is a great time to explore how to conceal blemishes without resorting to makeup. From natural remedies like lemon and tomato (yup – you read that right!) to exploring a few types of microdermabrasion products, we’ve assembled a helpful list. In other words – we’ve got you covered!
Use a Gentle Cleanser
The first rule of medicine is “do no harm.” The same is true of blemish control. From concealer to makeup to abrasive cleansers, so much of what we do to cover up a pimple or blemish can make the situation worse. That’s why starting our blemish control with a gentle cleanser is so essential.
A gentle cleanser does more than just clean your skin. It should rinse off easily, not require any scrubbing and leave your face and neck feeling smooth, clean and refreshed. And it will go a long way to cleaning and soothing any blemishes – thus instantly reducing their appearance.
If you have dry skin, use a fragrance-free and alcohol-free cleanser. Fragrance/dyes and alcohol will only dry your skin further, and that’s the last thing you want, especially if you are dealing with blemish control.
If your skin is oily, use an oil-free cleanser, such as a foaming facial cleanser. And for sensitive skin, try a fragrance-free, alcohol-free, hypoallergenic cleanser. These are all inexpensive and easy to find in pretty much any drug store or pharmacy.
Now that your face has been properly cleansed, you’ve taken one giant step closer to covering up your winter blemish.
Apply a Product with Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide
If you want to go the over-the-counter medicinal route, try a product with salicylic acid, such as our Microdermabrasion with Salicylic Acid, or benzoyl peroxide. Salicylic acid clears blocked pores and can reduce swelling and redness. Benzoyl peroxide kills bacteria and exfoliates skin. Either should dramatically reduce the appearance of any pimples or blackheads.
Not everyone wants to go the chemical/medicinal route for blemishes. Don’t worry. There are plenty of natural ways to reduce the appearance of or conceal pimples, blackheads or blotchiness—like ice!
Wrap a large ice cube inside a washcloth. Hold it on your gently cleansed skin for at least a minute. Doing this off and on – with a break of a few minutes in between – should reduce the size and appearance of pimples and redness.
…Or a Warm Compress
Applying a warm compress is surprisingly effective for reducing the size and appearance of pimples, blotchiness, and even scars. The warm compress will draw out the toxins and really help to clear up your skin and make your skin tone more even looking.
Give Turmeric with Honey a Try
Did you know turmeric and honey possess natural antiseptic properties? Well, they do. A mixture of turmeric and honey will cleanse your skin, unclog pores and reduce redness and other skin irritations.
Take a tablespoon of honey and about a pinch of turmeric. Mix together. Apply directly to the blemish. Let sit for at least 15 – 20 minutes. Gently remove with warm – not hot – water.
Tomatoes are great for reducing the appearance of dark spots, scars and blemishes. Slice a fresh tomato in half. Gently rub on the blemish until you feel the juice has been absorbed into the skin. Leave on for at least half an hour. Rinse your face with warm water.
Lemons are another terrific, all-natural blemish-fighting tool. Lemons act as an exfoliant and disinfectant. These two properties can reduce the appearance of acne scars and redness.
Squeeze some lemons until you have about a ¼ cup of lemon juice. Moisten a cotton ball or cotton swab with the lemon juice, then dab onto the affected area. Rinse your face with cool water.
Consider Exfoliating with Vitamin C
Microdermabrasion is a gentle process that exfoliates and removes the stratum corneum of dead skin cells on the epidermis. By clearing the skin of microscopic dust particles and oils that clog pores and contribute to blemishes, adult-onset acne and premature wrinkles, microdermabrasion crystals heal and improve skin appearance and elasticity.
Consider ourMicrodermabrasion Crystals with Vitamin C. With exfoliating properties that brighten your skin, improve clarity and restore radiance, this scrub can clean and revitalize your skin while combating your blemishes.
Also, consult a skin care expert and inquire about other types of microdermabrasion that may benefit your skin.