Valentine’s Day is swiftly approaching. Whether you have big romantic plans or you’re just going out with your girlfriends, do yourself a favor and give your skin some extra loving. There’s guaranteed to be pictures, so why not look your best for you?

Exfoliate!

You’d be surprised at the difference in your complexion when you’re scrubbing away those dead, useless layers of skin. You don’t have to get really fancy and go to a spa; sometimes an acid toner is all you need to remove the dull layers. Regular exfoliation will reveal the younger, healthier skin cells for a brighter overall complexion. If you’re looking for an excuse for a spa day, a professional facial will give you a deeper exfoliation using a variety of masks, serums, and tools.

Hydrate!

You’re probably already being good about getting enough water every day, but are you putting enough moisture into your skin in other ways? Winter is harsh on your skin, especially your face, and can lead to redness, peeling, and a dull complexion. Introduce intense moisture in the form of oil. You might think oil means acne, but oil based serums that are specially formulated for skincare won’t lead to breakouts. Proper moisturizing keeps your skin firm, supple, and more resilient.

Nourish While You Sleep

You can take care of your skin while you slumber? You sure can! The first step is removing all of your makeup and the day’s dirt from your face. Start with a good makeup remover to get all traces of makeup from your face. Follow it up with a gentle, non-foaming cleanser to get rid of any dirt or other residue. Exfoliate with something like gycolic acid to remove the dead skin that’s built up throughout the day. If you need an extra beauty boost, try a sleep mask. Skin experts agree that your skin goes through a lot of regeneration as you sleep so your skin is quite receptive to products introduced during this period. You’ll wake up with softer and smoother skin just from sleeping!

Acne Prone Skin?

If your skin is prone to acne, you’re probably used to waking up the morning of a big event with a few blemishes. If your acne isn’t hormonal or diet related, you’re probably used to juggling different skin care routines. Try a new skin care routine that a lot of people swear by. Try to be dedicated to a morning routine of cleansing, exfoliation (with an acid toner), and a moisturizer. At night, double cleanse! Wash your face twice with a non-foaming cleanser, follow it with your toner, and then moisturize. You might see a huge difference in your breakouts!

Your face is the first thing people notice, so why not add a few skin care tweaks to give yourself the utmost confidence? Whether you’re staring at your beloved over candlelight or you’re sipping wine with your best friend this Valentine’s Day, you’re guaranteed to glow both inside and out.