Get Your Skin Prom-Ready at Esthetica MD


When you start thinking about getting ready for prom, you have to start thinking about getting your skin looking perfect.   Makeup does NOT look good on problem skin.  That is a fact.  While we can make some imperfections less noticeable with makeup, covering texture, bumps & acne is difficult even with the best foundation.

Here are 5 steps you can start taking now to help your skin look flawless on Prom Day.


1. CLEANSE your face twice-a-day with a gentle cleanser, then apply a non-­comedogenic moisturizer, preferably one with a SPF of 25 or higher. Don’t over-­cleanse your skin- this can strip the skin of its protective layer and cause redness and irritation. For acne prone skin, look for products containing Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide.  Our faves are Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser and Clear Cell Medicated Acne Facial Scrub by Image Skincare. For moderate to severe acne you may want to see a dermatologist for a prescription medication or try one of our in-house acne busting procedures like Isolaz, which suctions out sebum while simultaneously zapping acne causing bacteria.

2. DO NOT POP, PICK OR RUB your pimples, this can cause the area to be infected, worsen the condition and possibly leave a scar. Instead, use a spot treatment that will dry out the pimple and allow it to heal.  In some cases you may also ask your doctor for a steroid shot (corticosteroid injection) to flatten out big pimples quickly.

3. GOT BLACKHEADS? They’re super common, especially on teen skin. Try visiting one of our certified aestheticians to get them extracted. Facials like our Just for Teens Facial are geared toward making teen skin glow. However, don’t wait until right before prom to get your skin worked on. Plan a facial for at least a month in advance, because while facials are helpful in making your skin look smoother, post-extraction redness and breakouts are normal.

4. DRINK UP. Water is your new best friend. Ditch the cola, cut back on coffee and trade any other sugary or caffeinated drink for water. Even just a little dehydration can cause skin to look dull.   If you want a radiant complexion for prom, get in the hydration habit now.

5. PROTECT. While it might not be beach or pool weather yet, it’s still important to wear sunscreen daily. Overexposure to the sun causes everything from premature aging and sun spots to skin cancer.   Find a product with light texture and wear daily.  We like a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen that’s easy to apply and stays put all day.  Try Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20, Prevention + Daily Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 or Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20.

Spring Your Skin From Winter Blues

Revive winter skin

There is nothing worse for skin than a long, cold winter – the low humidity in conjunction with hot air and heat can leave your skin looking dull, rough, and even wrinkled and older looking.  It’s time to Spring your skin from winter blues and get ready for warmer temps and longer days.

Start now with gentle exfoliation and hydration. Removing the dead skin build up while infusing moisture back into the skin will get it glowing again.  Microdermabrasions and hydrating peels, like lactic acid peel, are ideal treatment this season.  Infusion of hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C will help bring dewy look back.

While exfoliation may be key to achieving a sleeker, satiny smooth skin, you have to be careful about the type of scrubs you apply on your skin at home, especially your face.  Don’t use mechanical, exfoliating scrub, particularly that contain walnut shells, apricot pits, or sugar.  They can cause microscopic tears in the skin that can ultimately make dry winter skin look and feel much worse.  At home scrubs we like contain Kaolin, a very fine type of clay that is hydrating. Otherwise great alternative to scrubs are cleansers and toners containing mild alpha-hydroxy acid, which is far safer way to rid your skin of dull, dead cells.

Try this four-step approach to get your skin “spring ready”.

Cleanse, tone, moisturize and protect. 

  • Creamy cleanser like Burt’s Bees Deep Cleansing Cream, Soap Bark & Camomile  or Vital C Hydrating Facial Cleanser by Image Skincare keep your skin balanced.
  • A great toner that contains alpha-hydroxy acid and provides mild exfoliation is Environ Alpha Toner Forte which works for all skin types.
  • Look for hydrating ingredients in serums and creams like Sodium PCA, Hyaluronic acid or Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Trehalose, any type of Algae or Plankton Extracts, and of-course Aloe Vera.  We like Arcona Magic White Ice Serum, image Skincare Ormedic Biopeptide Cream, and Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream.
  • Protect your skin every morning from aging UVA/UVB rays before stepping outside.  We love Prevention Plus Daily Hydrating Moisturizer SPF 30 by Image Skincare or Elta MD UV Daily SPF 40.

Products that have oil or aloe bases vs water will be the most hydrating.  (You know which ingredients are active by looking at the top four ingredients listed on the back of a product.)

Be mindful of ingredients that will help you rebalance and hydrate the skin, but avoid ingredients that can strip your skin of oils and leave residual detergent (surfactant) on the skin.  Anyone with dry skin should avoid surfactants (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Sulfosuccinate).

Updating your skin care regiment with four steps above will give your skin a healthy glow to head in to spring.