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My Top 10 Skincare Tips For Dancers

As a “Irish Dance mom” for many years, I’ve seen what young dancers not only put their bodies through, but their skin as well. Major sweating, heavy stage makeup,

late nights after class where washing ones’ face might have been forgotten. As a preteen and a teenager, this can lead to problem skin. So, here are my top 10 dancer’s skin care tips that even a dance mom might want to try!

  1. Pre-cleanse with a facial cleansing oil – after a performance or for every day, pre-cleansing with a facial cleansing oil is healthier for the skin and removes makeup more effectively.

  2. Wear a sweatband during dance class – a terrycloth or cotton sweatband will absorb excess sweat and help prevent breakouts on the hairline.

  3. Keep micellar wipes in your dance bag – a few quick swipes of this cleansing and hydrating water after class will refresh and hydrate skin along with removing debris from pores.

  4. Use a sweat small towel during dance class – when you blot sweat from your brow with a clean towel, you avoid touching your face with dirty hands.

  5. Commit to a daily skin care regimen – cleanse & moisturize AM & PM, SPF in the AM and exfoliate a few nights a week.

  6. Use quality skin care products – while they may be more expensive, you use less and achieve better results. Dancers aren’t the average kids/teens and need more to keep skin healthy.

  7. Moisturize before using makeup primer - when applying performance makeup, always cleanse your face thoroughly and apply a thin layer of moisturizer before priming your skin. Your makeup will go on better and last longer!

  8. Don’t forget your lips – Lips can get chapped easily with lots of sweat and activity, so be sure to carry a moisturizing lip balm in your dance bag. Want super soft lips before a performance or competition? Whip up your own homemade lip scrub by mixing 1 tbsp of coconut oil with 2 tsp of turbinado sugar!

  9. Stay hydrated all day not just during class - dancers drink lots of water during dance class, but what about the rest of the day? A consistently hydrated body means healthier skin with better barrier protection. Make it a habit to start your day with an 8 oz glass of water before breakfast and another 8 oz right after school.

  10. Use a moisturizing face mask the night before competition – a relaxing facial mask the night before will give you a glowing, dewy complexion when you wake up! Make sure it’s one you’ve used before so there are no surprise reactions.

Good luck and get glowing!



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