Between the brutal cold and wind outside mixed with the heat that's always on blast in the studio, keeping your skin from turning dry and cracked in the winter is already hard. Add sweating in class and rehearsal every day on top of that, and it can seem nearly impossible to keep your skin in check. We asked dermatologist Dr. Marina Peredo and Ballet West's Gabrielle Salvatto for their best tips on keeping skin calm and fake-free despite the dropping temps and endless applications of stage makeup.
Since daily perspiration can lead to clogged pores, Peredo suggests a gentle face wash in the morning and at night. Staying hydrated is just as important. "Dehydration can cause the skin to be drier too," Peredo says. Drink enough fluids throughout rehearsal to help keep your skin balanced.
Both Peredo and Salvatto agree that more moisturizer is key. Free of common skin irritants like fragrances and dyes, this rich and creamy formula melts right into skin without leaving it feeling greasy.
"I use this under my eyes and a little bit on my neck," Salvatto says of her nightly skin-care routine. "My mom told me about it years ago and her skin looks amazing, so it must be working!"
Peredo stresses that cleansing and moisturizing before bed will help your skin restore itself overnight. For an extra hit of hydration, apply a mask like this one, which includes rose water to calm redness and dry skin.
Not only will this rose-scented (and pink-tinted) salve keep your lips soft, but it's perfect to throw in your dance bag to smooth over tiny rough patches of skin when you're on the go.
"The winters are really dry in Utah, and it's a heavy performance season, so there's a lot more stress on the skin," says Salvatto. To swipe away stage makeup without stripping skin of hydration, Salvatto swears by this half-moisturizer, half-cleanser classic.
"If you're prone to acne, one way to combat breakouts is by using salicylic acid pads in between rehearsals," Peredo advises. These individual pads include 2 percent concentration of salicylic acid to exfoliate pores and dissolve the dirt and bacteria that cause breakouts.
Exfoliating once or twice each week will help remove dead skin cells. This option uses grape oil and acacia honey to soothe skin while jojoba beads gently exfoliate.