Securing That On-Stage Glow
May 13th, 2019 by Elizabeth Radabaugh
With heavy sweating, caked on makeup, and general stress and diet habits, it’s important for dancers to take care of their skin. Here are a few tips and tricks to ensure that you maintain your on-stage glow without harming your skin!
Stop Touching Your Face
Excessively touching your face throughout the day is a strong habit that many don’t even realize they have. Keep in mind that when touching your face, you are allowing remnants and residue of what was previously on your hands to linger on your skin. The spreading of germs in a performance space is hard to avoid but it is possible to reduce the risk of spreading the bacteria and crime to your face. Take note of when and where you scratch your nose, rub your eyes, or wipe your forehead and attempt to avoid doing so.
Hair First, Makeup Second
Prior to a performance, dancers are more likely to fill their hair up with a variety of products that may linger on the surface of skin without being removed. Whether it be a ton of hairspray sticking to your forehead or some gel dripping down the side of your cheeks, it is important to apply these products BEFORE getting makeup put on. By handling your hair first, you are giving yourself an opportunity to remove any inadvertent product placement on your face as you can wipe the stickiness or moisture off. Wipe your face before makeup gets applied to lessen your risk of acne or other harsh breakouts.
After a performance, you may find yourself tempted to rigorously rub off your makeup. Instead of immediately and aggressively removing your makeup in a fast fashion, try a gentler and slower approach to keep protecting your skin from outbreaks. The use of makeup removal wipes or a sensitive skin cleansing oil will help to hydrate your face while softly massaging your eyes, forehead, eyebrows, cheeks, and lips. This will loosen and remove makeup without damaging the skin by scrubbing too hard.
Create A Customized Skin Care Routine
Each person’s face is different, and reactions may vary greatly. This is why it is important to create your own customized skin care routine to ensure that you are caring for your face and preventing further damage from occurring. Make sure your skin care regimen is consistent and practiced regularly by using a gentle cleanser morning and night, a strong moisturizer, and a gentle face scrub to buff out dead skin. Each person’s routine will be different, and it is important to test multiple products to find which works best for you and allows your skin to maintain its healthy glow.
Clean Your Screen
Your face isn’t the only thing that must be taken care of each day. It is important to recognize that many of your breakouts may be caused by your phone screen! Many bouts of acne on the chin or side of your face may have been sparked from a dirty phone screen coming in contact with your face. Whenever your phone makes contact with your skin, it leaves a layer of bacteria and oil behind that can build and ultimately lead to skin issues. As you create your daily skin care routine, make sure to throw in a reminder to clean your phone screen as well.
Reduce The Stress
It is important that taking care of your skin stretches beyond the purely physical aspect of the act. While it may be tough for a performer to live a stress-free life, limiting the amount of stress you are exposed to will also reduce the number of breakouts you receive. Try to add breaks to your day or practice schedule to give your mind and body a break from the constant work. Don’t place too much pressure on yourself and your head and face will ultimately appreciate the effort!
Casey Eggers is a writer for StarQuest. She loves coffee, music, and running long distance.