Pageant day is here! You have spent weeks prepping for your big moment to shine onstage. You cannot wait to rock your swimsuit, radiate elegance in evening gown and nail onstage question. You want to be glowing when you hear your name called as the winner.
However, in order to achieve this “glow” on stage, you have to start with the foundation: your skin. In order to look your best, you have to take care of this foundation. (Read: How To Get Pageant Perfect Skin)
10 Things You Should Never do to Your Skin Before a Pageant
1. Neglect your skincare routine
Everyone is guilty of neglecting their skincare routine every once in a while. You get home from a long day, sit on your bed and crash. You tell yourself can get away with not taking off your makeup and washing your face one time.
The weeks leading up to your pageant are not the time to have this attitude. Skipping your skincare routine exposes your skin to more free radicals in the environment that makeup can hold on to. This can result in clogged pores, which lead to breakouts and acne.
To avoid this, take the extra five minutes to wash your face in the morning and at night. Your skin will thank you come pageant day! (Read: How To Establish A Skin Care Routine)
2. Overdo your skincare routine
There are always two sides to every coin. While you do not want to neglect your skincare routine, you do not want to overdo it either. You want your skin to look its best. However, too much of a good thing can be bad.
It is important to wash your face to get rid of dirt and excess oil. It is easy to think the more you wash, the cleaner your skin. However, over exfoliating and excessive washing strips away the natural oils your skin needs. This could even cause your skin to produce more oils, leaving you with oily skin. (Read: Best Natural Beauty Brands for Pageant Girls)
3. Test out new products
This is one of the biggest risks you can take before a pageant. There are always new skincare products being developed and released. Theses are tempting to try. However, the weeks before your pageant are not the time to experiment with your skin.
The biggest risk a contestant runs with testing a new product right before a pageant is a reaction. There is no way to predict how your skin will react to a new product. It could be amazing and make your skin glow. Or, it could cause a rash, irritation, breakout, etc.
If there are new products you just have to have, test them at least a month before your pageant. This will give you enough time to see how your skin reacts and treat it if there is a bad reaction. (Read: 10 Summer Products for Pageant Girls with Oily Skin)
4. Forget sunscreen
Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen. This can never be stressed enough. If you plan to be in the sun, especially during the hot summer months, wear sunscreen. Even 15 minutes in the sun without sunscreen can cause skin damage.
Sunscreen is also important because it prevents sunburn. When you are on stage, you want your skin to be glowing and healthy. You do not want to get on stage sporting a lovely shade of lobster. Sunburn also causes peeling, which not only feels horrible but looks horrible on stage. (Read: Putting Your Best Face Forward)
5. Pick your skin
Dermatologist everywhere tell us not to pick at our face. This tip is in almost every skincare article out there. While we know we should not, we all occasionally cannot resist the urge to pop that pesky zit. (Read: Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask: Spend the Money or Save the Dough)
However, leading up to the pageant, it is best to hold off on any pimple popping. This can lead to infection and scaring. Pageant day is already stressful enough. You do not want to have to worry about covering up dark spots and redness caused by improperly healed pimples.
6. Eat unhealthy
You show on the outside what you put inside. A diet rich is veggies and protein will give your skin an illuminating glow. A diet high in sugar and unhealthy fats will result in greasy, oily skin.
Granted, you should be eating well way before your pageant. However, it is extremely important to stick to a healthy diet in the days leading up to the pageant. After all, the pizza and fries will be there after the pageant. (Read: 15 Ways to Diet Without Dieting)
7. Forget to drink water
Staying hydrated is essential to have glowing skin come pageant day. Consuming excessive caffeine, salt, sugar or alcohol can cause blotchy and inflamed skin. It can also lead to dullness and wrinkles.
Avoiding these vices and sticking to water can do wonders for your skin. It keeps you hydrated and your skin refreshed. It also helps flush any toxins out of your body. (Read: 5 Reasons to Add Lemon Water to Your Pageant Diet)
8. Constantly rub your eyes
The skin under your eyes is some of the most fragile on your body. Constantly rubbing your eyes will cause damage to this delicate area over time. This results in dark circles that are nearly impossible to get rid of.
To avoid damaging the skin, apply any makeup with your ring finger. It is one of the weaker fingers so it will not damage the skin. You could also use a very soft brush or sponge. (Read: How to Remove Your Pageant Makeup Without Damaging Your Skin)
9. Sleep less
We all know it is recommended adults get at least eight hours of sleep a night. However, between late night current event quizzes and the sheer excitement of the competition, it can be hard to get those essential hours of rest. While preparing for your pageant is exciting, not sleeping is one of the worst things you can do to your skin. (Read: Top 6 Best Soaps for Moisturizing Your Skin)
Getting less than seven hours of sleep per night causes skin to appear dull and tired. This is because a lack of sleep results in the suppressed production of melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep. Lower levels of this hormone means skin cells cannot turn over efficiently resulting in dullness and, over time, wrinkles.
10. Use a tanning bed
This is single-handedly the worst thing you can do for your skin, pageant or not. Tanning beds directly expose you to ultraviolet (UV) rays. This causes more skin damage than laying out in the sun to tan.
Instead of exposing yourself to damaging UV rays, invest in a good spray tan. When done properly, a spray tan can give you the same look without the damage. (Read: Best Skin Exfoliation Products for Pageant Girls)
Skincare is essential in looking your absolute best for your next pageant. Do you have any skincare tips? Leave them in the comments below!