Has anyone else’s face been under brutal assault lately? For the first time in months the culprit isn’t even the weather, it’s us. Wrapping up in itchy scarves and hats, touching our faces repeatedly throughout day, skipping exfoliation and sufficient cleansing means it’s time for a beauty overhaul. Put your bad habits to bed by following these 5 simple skin care rules to avoid breakouts. 1. Use a gentle face cleanser consistently (key word being gentle – a lot of “acne” face washes will only irritate you more). Right now our skin is ultra sensitive and it requires a product that can treat it in the most delicate manner. Use warm water and stay away from soap which can dry out the skin. 2. Did you wake up with three new pimples after you “cleansed” the night before? Don’t pop, pinch, rub or disturb them in any way. Doing so can make those three little bumps turn into six, not to mention the scarring that is sure to follow. It’s best to let the pimples go away naturally and keep that area cleansed. 3. Sun Screen! Yes we know Mr. Sun only makes his appearance a few times a week, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t there hiding behind the clouds. The properties in a good SPF can help medicate and control your acne while shielding your skin from harmful rays. 4. Up your daily water intake from that one glass in the morning to several bottles throughout the day. It will make a huge difference in your skin by bringing the moisture levels back to normal and it will give it a good glow. 5. Exercise regularly. Where do you think acne comes from? Stress! Working up a good sweat helps you to release anxiety. After your face is drenched in sweat you’ll want to reach for your scrub. BONUS: Above all else the key to a healthy overhaul is to see an esthetician. As they peer over your fragile face they’ll be able to attack each break out one by one and also give you the products needed to get your skin back to normal. Help fight the battle against bacteria with any of our March spa deals listed below. St. Patrick’s “Pot of Pampering” at Spa V! Enjoy a Gold Facial for $99 Hotel Victor’s Spa V 1144 Ocean Drive Miami Beach, FL 33139 305.428.1234 45 Min Deep Pore Cleansing Facial for $50 La Beautè Spa Du Jour 3940 West 96th Street Indianapolis, IN 46268 317.872.3380 Ultimate Facial for $75, normally $150 Ardan MedSpa + Salon 72A Central Street Wellesley, MA 02481 781.235.7788 Chemical Peel for $50 or Silkpeel Microdermabrasion with Dermal Infusion or Photo-Facial for $99. Allure Skin and Laser 21321 East Ocotillo Road, Suite 128 Queen Creek, AZ 85242 480.888.1223 60 Min Vitamin C Brightening Facial, $95 Cinnabar Acupuncture Clinic & Spa 10432 Reserve Drive, Suite 111 San Diego, CA 92127 858.312.5600 Deep Cleansing Spa Mud Facial for $155, normally $170 The Catamaran Spa 3999 Mission Boulevard San Diego, CA 92109 858.539.8820 Illuminating Brilliance Facial for $65, normally $75 Ciao Bella Day Spa 2559 West Main Street Littleton, CO 80120 303.997.8491 Renew Yourself Facial for $75 CFMA Medispa 5530 Wisconsin Ave, Suite 1149 Chevy Chase, MD 20815 240.223.2639 50 Min Detoxifying Exfoliating Green Tea Facial or 50 Min Hibiscus and Coconut Rejuvenating Facial for $85 Ravissant Clinical Day Spa 15604 Everglade Lane, Suite 301 Bowie, MD 20716 301.464.3888 75 Min Deep Cleansing Facial with Microdermabrasion Facial, $115 Shibumi Spa – Eastern Athletic’s Tribeca Sanctuary 80 Leonard Street New York, NY 10013 212.343.8788 Deep Pore Facial including Microdermabrasion, $59 Randee Elaine Spa and Laser Center 180 7th Avenue South New York, NY 10014 212.229.0399 Images via allure.com, wix.com and allthelook.org Start a Conversation Cancel a Conversation Connect with Enter your WordPress.com blog URL http://.wordpress.com Proceed Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.