Posted by: Skin and Cancer Institute in Medical Dermatology, Uncategorized

You want to look your best this Valentine’s day, and that means glowing skin that radiates health from the inside out. You want to look great for YOURSELF (and of course, you want that special someone to notice, too). 

But how do you get your skin to look radiant fast? Especially if Valentine’s day is almost here? Introducing . . . three tips to love your skin this Valentine’s day. 

  • Hydrate–the trick to getting glowing skin fast is to make it look as plump and moisturized as possible. So work from the inside out to hydrate your skin. 
  • Exfoliate–to remove dullness and reveal fresh skin underneath. 
  • Protect–you’ll need to stay away from anything that could make your skin red, like the sun and some cosmetic procedures like chemical peels.  

Tip #1: Hydrate

The trick to loving your skin this Valentine’s day is to tank up on H2O. Drink as much water as you can leading up to the big day. Not just the minimum eight glasses a day, but much more. Think 10+ glasses of water daily. 

Eat Water-Rich Foods

Food that drips with water is just what your skin needs to hydrate quickly. Choose to eat plenty of foods that are approximately 90 percent water, including certain fruits, dairy products, and vegetables.

Fruits

  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Peaches
  • Oranges

Dairy Produces

  • Skim milk
  • Plain Yogurt

Vegetables

  • Cucumber
  • Lettuce
  • Zucchini
  • Celery
  • Tomatoes
  • Bell Peppers
  • Cauliflower

Tip #2: Exfoliate 

Exfoliate to reveal new skin that is more vibrant than the old, drab layer that includes dead skin cells. This instantly fresh layer will make you love your skin this Valentine’s day.

At-Home Exfoliation

You can easily exfoliate at home with warm water and an over-the-counter exfoliation product that’s gentle. Just be sure to moisturize your face immediately after exfoliating (to seal in the moisture). 

Get a Professional Facial

A professional facial is an excellent way to get your skin glowing quickly. Mention to your aesthetician that you’re trying to get your skin to look its best fast for Valentine’s day. This will help them focus on exfoliation and hydration. Ask them to skip the extraction process of unclogging your pores by hand, as this can temporarily leave your skin looking red and blotchy.  

Tip #3: Protect

You want to protect your skin from anything that could inflame it. The last thing you need before Valentine’s day is a red or swollen face that’s in the process of healing. For example, it takes about a week to heal from lasers and injections. So, steer clear of the following things:

  • Injections and facial fillers
  • Cosmetic lasers
  • Chemical Peels
  • The sun
  • Harsh wind

In Summary

You want to love your skin this Valentine’s day and this is completely possible, even if you only have one to three days to prepare. 

Start by hydrating with as much water (and water-filled foods) as possible. 

Then, exfoliate your skin either at home or with a professional facial. 

Finally, remember to protect your skin from the sun and wind. And put off any injections, fillers, chemical peels, or other cosmetic procedures until after the big day because it can take up to a week to heal from them. 

Ready to begin your journey to glowing skin EVERY day of the year? Contact the Skin and Cancer Institute for an appointment. Our experts will assess your skin and recommend the best procedure for you.