Frequently Asked Questions

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A: Dirt, debris and sweat clogged pores can lead to post-workout irritation. “The combination of sweat and wearing makeup can cause a buildup of excess oil. Since pores open up while sweating, we don’t want to block the skin’s natural ability to breathe by clogging it up with makeup,” David E. Bank, M.D, New York dermatologist, tells Women’s Health Magazine. Even if your complexion is free from makeup, aim to cleanse your skin pre-workout. “Treating the skin beforehand with something that takes the bacteria out, like a topical antibiotic or topical benzoyl peroxide, is your best prevention," Ronald Moy, M.D., a dermatologist in Beverly Hills, tells Women’s Health Magazine. "These acne medications can go deeper into the hair follicle and stop some of that bacteria that may develop as someone is perspiring." Try Ole Henriksen Grease Relief Cleansing Cloths, which can help to remove dirt and oil, without drying your complexion out.

A: A skin-smoothing, DIY treatment can give you the opportunity to relax and unwind after a long day. But to achieve professional results, resist the temptation to cut back on products. "For an at-home facial that yields truly professional results, you can't skip steps or skimp on products," Ling Chan, celebrity esthetician, tells Allure. "Every true facial should include exfoliation, clay to cleanse the pores, and products that rehydrate and calm the skin." Start by massaging your face with Wilma Schumann Gentle Skin Scrub, which is formulated to gently slough off dead skin cells, plus remove impurities. For optimal results, hold off rinsing. Instead, saturate a washcloth with steaming water, wring it out and place it on your face over the scrub, allowing the salve to rest for several minutes. Now that your pores are open, apply Caudalie Instant Detox Mask, which can help to draw out toxins, clarify and impart radiance. Leave the clay mask on for 15 minutes and re-steam before removing it. After stripping your skin of grime, look to a moisture-infusing product, such as Wei East White Lotus Moisture Intense Mask. Let it work for up to 10 minutes and gently wipe the solution away. Lastly, seal in moisture with your everyday moisturizer.

A: Caused by a fungus that favors warm, damp conditions – such as those found in your post-workout gym socks – athlete’s foot usually begins as an uncomfortable rash between your toes. According to Mayo Clinic, some strains of the fungus can cause blisters and ulcers, while others trigger chronic dryness and scaling from the soles of your feet, up to the sides. Be careful not to pick and scratch at it, as the infection can spread to your hands. You can treat athlete’s foot at home with an over-the-counter antifungal cream or ointment, like Lotrimin AF Antifungal Athlete’s Foot Cream. If the symptoms don’t improve after a few weeks, see your physician for treatment.

A. Preserving your healthy, glowing complexion following a facial can be a snap – if you follow a few simple guidelines. “Keeping skin hydrated is crucial to maintaining an amazing complexion after a facial,” Kate Somerville, celebrity skin care expert, tells Self. “Look for products that contain hyaluronic acid, which holds 1,000 times its weight in water,” she says. Try Murad Perfecting Day Cream SPF 30, which boasts maximize hydration on contact, plus broad-spectrum protection from the sun’s harsh rays. Somerville also recommends regular exfoliation. “In between facials, make sure you’re exfoliating two to three times per week. For best results, I recommend using an exfoliator that is both physical and chemical.” For physical exfoliation – minus the irritation – reach for a sonic-powered Clarisonic Mia 1 Value Set, which is gentle enough for twice-daily use. To help reinforce the skin’s barrier function, try SkinCeuticals Retexturing Activator, which offers gentle, chemical exfoliation, plus deeply nourishing hydration.

A. “Making a single scent or a pairing of fragrances last the longest is more about your skin than the fragrance,” Mark Crames, CEO and creator of Demeter Fragrances, tells Self. “The fragrance molecules want to bind to the oil molecules in your skin, so the best way to make the fragrance last is to moisturize your skin first, with a good lotion or body oil,” he says. Try Jurlique Lavender Body Care Lotion, which is formulated with lavender, calendula and marshmallow to hydrate and restore parched skin.

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