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A friend is getting married this winter, and she’s wisely starting her skin care regime three months in advance of her big day. She knows she will be the center of attention, videoed and photographed, on her day to remember.The holidays usually mean more stress, and added to that, she needs to pull together one of the biggest events of her life and have picture-perfect skin.
- Drink more water. Yes, this really can hydrate your skin from the inside. The heated indoor environment sucks moisture out of your body and skin. Many suggest 8 to 10 glasses a day to reduce blemishes and help make your skin clear and fresh-looking. (Coffee and alcohol do not count towards your daily dose of water!)
- Stress is bad for your skin. Work out what de-stresses you and ensure you actually DO that. Should you get pampered at a spa? Dance in your underwear when nobody is looking? Watch a silly movie with friends? Write in your secret diary? Whatever it is, it’s important that you take some time for yourself despite all the demands to do otherwise. My friend has already “booked herself” into her schedule so she can tell people she’s busy certain evenings each week.
- Exfoliate your whole body at least once a week. Use a skin brush, or InfiniteAloe’s delicious-smelling scrub, which moisturizes as it gently removes the dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. For your face, use a superb exfoliant like RX Renew Microdermabrasion Cream once a week for satisfyingly smooth and radiant skin.
- Some doctors recommend finishing a shower by alternating hot and cold water a few times for about 30 seconds each, to stimulate circulation and invigorate the skin. Your skin will glow after this treatment.
- Take good care of your feet. My friend is on her feet a lot, so she has begun to use a pumice stone on her feet, in small, light circular motions, every day after her skin is softened from a shower. Finish with a good moisturizer.
- In case of an emergency cystic blemish close to the wedding date, you can get an injection from a dermatologist to make it disappear in one to two days. Some people also recommend an over-the-counter 5% or 10% benzoyl peroxide cream applied to the blemish.
- Take care of your nails and cuticles. My friend absolutely swears by InfiniteAloe Skincare to keep her cuticles supple and her nails in good condition. I’ve heard the same thing from other people, so she’s not just saying it because she’s my friend.
Let me know any tips you’d like to share for wedding-ready skin.