Quick fixes for hair and skin sins.
By Brandee Dishner
Posted: Monday, May. 17, 2010
Brandee James is the beauty writer and blogger for Carolina Bride. Have a tip? Email her.
Chances are, if you are preparing for your wedding, you're old enough to know better. Kick those bad skin habits once and for all.
The habit: Torturing your delicate face with every cleanser under the sun, yet still getting a reaction.
The fix: Do a little research and read the back of product labels you've tried. You may find one key ingredient in each cleanser that is sending your skin into defense mode. Finding products without the nasty culprit may make a huge difference. Try a creamy cleanser free of extra fragrances and fillers. I love Caudalie's Gentle Cleanser.
The habit: Scrubbing your face until you're rosy and red in hopes of combating oil.
The fix: Stripping the skin of its natural oils makes it kick into overdrive to replenish what it lost. Jurlique's Clarifying Day Care Lotion has a light, fresh scent and helps re-balance skin to keep oil at bay.
You have: Mild discoloration, uneven tone.
The habit: Piling on foundation and concealer in hopes of covering various dark spots.
The fix: Get to the root of the problem. A common concern is the dark footprints blemishes often leave behind. Try Kiehl's Brightening Botanical Spot Treatment and follow this strategic plan: Once a blemish is beginning to heal, dab a small amount onto the skin for several days. Stay faithful and you'll notice the difference.
The habit: Overloading skin with harsh products causing extreme dryness, peeling and redness.
The fix: Give your skin a breather and let it heal - then plan your strategic attack. Far too often we try a treatment for 48 hours, angrily stare at the dry, flaky spot looking back at us and then and add moisturizer. Not only are we confusing our skin, but we aren't getting any closer to clear skin. Stick with a regimen like the new, more gentle Proactiv Solution. They also have a new Wedding Kit especially for brides desperate for clear skin before and after the big day.
Sure, you could force your hair into submission by demanding it behave under a pile of products. But why work against nature instead of work with it? Try these tips to encourage your hair's natural style for a fresh, effortless look.
Have a burning beauty question? Email Brandee.
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