Taking the Stage: Musicians and Skin Care

Musicians are exposed to the rigors of extreme weather changes, sun exposure, or dark conditions. Proper skin care regimens promote skin health and vitality.

Taking the stage, while exhilarating for those with a passion for sharing their music, can also be hard on the skin. The bright lights, stress and sweat can eventually take their toll on your complexion. And then, even worse, you’re taking the stage with acne or another skin condition to contend with. You might use makeup to cover it, but then excessive makeup leads to even more skin damage, and… you get the picture.

Luckily, there’s plenty you can do to keep your skin healthy and clear, even if you’re performing frequently.

It’s all About Keeping Clean

Keeping your skin clean and fresh is one of the most important things you can do for your face. Dead skin cells, makeup, sweat, and other nasties can accumulate throughout the day. Washing, and sometimes exfoliating, removes all of that so your skin can breathe and continue to heal itself.

According to Allure, your facial skincare routine will depend on your age. While everyone should wash their face every day at least once (and sometimes twice), the products you use will depend heavily on your skin type. Those in their teens and twenties tend to have oilier skin with so many hormone fluctuations going on, so an oil reducing cleanser may be needed. The older you get, the more your skin will change and the drier it will become, so you might need to switch to a cleanser designed for combination (oily and dry in certain areas) skin, or dry skin. If your skin is very sensitive and prone to redness and itching, a specialized cleanser can also be used to remedy that.

Replenishing the pores after washing is also a good idea. This can be done with a toner or witch hazel. These products help to refine pores, clarify skin, and remove excess dirt and oil that cleansers leave behind. Again, toners should be purchased with skin type in mind.

Cover it Up

Wearing a protective moisturizer and sunblock is also necessary for maintaining healthy skin. This will help keep bright lights and perspiration from penetrating and clogging pores or causing damage at the cellular level. Even if you don’t venture outside much, a sunscreen is still needed. The sun can damage even through the windows of your house or car.

When wearing makeup to hide any blemishes, or even just to enhance your appearance during a performance, choose those that let the skin breathe. Some makeup has sunscreen added as well, offering more protection against UVA damage.

Beyond the Face

Those who play guitar or another musical instrument that is particularly rough on the hands must take special precautions to keep their fingers and hands smooth and ready to play when needed. Specialized lotions, balms, and healing salves are available for this purpose, rejuvenating the hands after performances and in between to keep fingers from becoming damaged. Players can also wear protective coverings on their fingertips to prevent roughness and calluses from forming during particularly long sets.

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