SECOND QUARTER 2003, VOLUME 17, NO 2

Achieving Wedding Glow everyday and ever after

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Achieving Wedding Glow everyday and ever after

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Whether bride, mother of the bride/groom, or guest in a pew, it’s time to prepare for that upcoming wedding. Experts say that the secret to silky, wedding day skin is to start working on it right after the engagement. Take the necessary steps to achieve radiant, walk-down-the-aisle glow for your skin.

Basic Skin Care

Revamp your skincare routine to reap the benefits now and for years to come. Your facial plastic surgeon can suggest specific products or a regimen that is tailored to your skin in controlling the signs of aging and improving the clarity of your skin. Try these simple steps that will benefit all skin types:

Clean. Wash your face twice a day with a mild soap. Avoid a cleanser with perfumes or dyes. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry. Try an occasional steaming for your face; besides relaxing, it helps clean your pores.

Moisturize. Your skin loses a lot of moisture through evaporation. Drink plenty of water and use a moisturizer that is water-based with no perfumes or dyes. In the morning, apply a moisturizer with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. At night, treat your skin to a more intense moisturizer.

Protect. If you do not protect your skin from the sun, the harmful ultraviolet rays can cause premature aging of the skin. Use a foundation or moisturizer that contains sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher). Seek the shade and wear a wide-brim hat when you are outdoors for an extended period. Also, refrain from smoking or excessive second-hand smoke as this impedes blood circulation and increases wrinkles.

Nurture. As your body’s largest organ, your skin depends on nutrients and good circulation to stay healthy. Eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly.

Bride PhotoBeyond the Basics

As you are booking reception halls and caterers, do not forget to think about yourself. Maybe you want to take steps to look your most beautiful with results lasting long after the wedding is over. Reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, or discolorations will require help from your physician. The two most popular procedures for brides-to-be and the mothers are Botox and chemical peels. See your facial plastic surgeon for more information and for your optimal treatment plan.

We can all start with the basics. This will get you on your way to brighter, healthier looking skin. Talk with your facial plastic surgeon about your options before you decide on a course of action that would be advantageous to making you look rejuvenated and glowing for the big day and happily ever after.