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Dull Skin and Oily, Acne-Prone Skin

A few days before the event, your exfoliant should be your best friend (but, then again, when is it not?) Exfoliating for a few days prior to the event will help remove dead cells that sit on the surface of your skin to give you, in Hollywood terms, that "red-carpet glow." Another perk to exfoliating those dead cells away: they also clog pores and contribute to breakouts. If you have breakouts, you should add a spot treatment, such as 5% benzoyl peroxide, to your routine, in addition to the exfoliant. On the day of the event, let your freshly exfoliated skin shine. But if your face is shining just a bit too much, use an oil blotting paper to take away some of the excess.

Irritated Skin and Wrinkles

If your skin is irritated, try this at home fix: make a milk and water compress using fat free milk, and apply it to your face for 5-10 minutes. The evaporation should help cool the irritation, while the protein from the milk helps buffer the irritation. If the irritation is due to your exfoliant, you may have to switch to a starter-strength exfoliant, such as the Daily Exfoliating Therapy Serum, and work up to a stronger strength. If some redness remains the day of the event, use a foundation that is appropriate for your skin type. As for eye-area wrinkles, if you don't have a wrinkle plumper that you like on hand, use some Vaseline or moisturizer and firmly rub it into the eye area for 20-30 seconds. This will cause a temporary safe swelling effect, which will reduce the look of wrinkles.

With these quick fixes, no one will guess that your skin has ever been less than perfect.

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