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

45 Min Deep Pore Cleansing Facial for $50
La Beautè Spa Du Jour
3940 West 96th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46268

Ultimate Facial for $75, normally $150
Ardan MedSpa + Salon
72A Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481

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

60 Min Vitamin C Brightening Facial, $95
Cinnabar Acupuncture Clinic & Spa
10432 Reserve Drive, Suite 111
San Diego, CA 92127

Deep Cleansing Spa Mud Facial for $155, normally $170
The Catamaran Spa
3999 Mission Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92109

Illuminating Brilliance Facial for $65, normally $75
Ciao Bella Day Spa
2559 West Main Street
Littleton, CO 80120

Renew Yourself Facial for $75
CFMA Medispa
5530 Wisconsin Ave, Suite 1149
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

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

75 Min Deep Cleansing Facial with Microdermabrasion Facial, $115
Shibumi Spa – Eastern Athletic’s Tribeca Sanctuary
80 Leonard Street
New York, NY 10013

Deep Pore Facial including Microdermabrasion, $59
Randee Elaine Spa and Laser Center
180 7th Avenue South
New York, NY 10014
Images via allure.comwix.com and allthelook.org

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