4. Eat More Watermelon
No matter what your skin type is — oily, dry, normal or combo — it craves water. Sure, drinking water helps, but snacking on watermelon works too. Other super foods for your face: grapefruit, broccoli and lettuce.
5. “Shrink” Your Pores: Microdermabrasion, Skin Pen & Chemical Peels
We want to give it to you straight, so first, the bad news: You can’t actually change the size of your pores. “The deeper a pore is, the bigger it looks on the skin’s surface,” says Cornelia Zicu, global chief creative officer and renowned facialist for Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas. The good news: You can minimize the depth of your pores to make them seem smaller. Here’s how: microdermabrasion, Skin Pen & chemical peels will exfoliate layers of bad skin and minimize pore surface.
6. Use Salt Scrubs to Soften Elbows
This is the one thing most brides forget about. Add a bath to your weekly routine and throw in bath salts with sodium bicarbonate. “The sodium bicarbonate will break down dry patches and make your skin a sponge for moisture,” says Zicu. For really tough patches, ask an aesthetician to put a glycolic peel on your elbows when you go in for a facial.
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7. Wear SPF 30…on Your Lips
It’s easier to prevent your lips from getting chapped than it is to repair them if they’re already dry and cracked. If you spend lots of time outdoors, especially in windy, sunny or cold weather, a thick balm with SPF 30 will keep your lips hydrated.
8. Reduce Sunspots With a Chemical Peel or PhotoFacial
Chemical Peels (LIKE THESE) are designed to slough off dead skin and bring new, fresh skin to the surface. To make the most of these spa treatments, you’ll want to book a series of peels. PhotoFacials (LIKE THIS ONE) deliverbroadband light (BBL) filtered to a wavelength that is selectively absorbed by the targeted tissues with minimal effect on surrounding skin. A series of BBL treatments can minimize sun damage, brown spots, red spots, discoloration and fine lines. In addition, the treatments work to stimulate collagen to produce a more youthful look. You’ll notice a more radiant, healthier complexion as imperfections fade away. Photo Rejuvenations are commonly used on the face, décolleté and hands.
10. Deep Clean With a Mask
A mask isn’t meant to replace your daily face-washing routine; it’s only mean to enhance it. “Since it stays on longer, a mask will help melt the hard sebum (or oily substance) in your pores, something washing alone won’t do,” says Zicu. If your skin is oily, use a mask every other day. If you have dry skin, once or twice per month should keep oil and dirt from building up.
11. Wash With Your Hands
Here’s a secret most dermatologists will tell you: Don’t use a washcloth on your face. According to Amy Wechsler, MD, a psychiatrist, dermatologist and author of The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin and a Whole New You, washcloths can harbor bacteria. Instead, use just your hands. But first, use a separate makeup remover to tackle waterproof mascara and long-wearing lipstick.
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12. Use Concealer (the Right Way)
Unlike with foundation, your final layer of concealer isn’t meant to be totally blended. Dab it right where you need it with a pointed brush. Then, use your finger to pat the perimeter until it’s smooth. A great product is Jane Iredale, a makeup line known for it’s long lasting concealer & foundation.
13. Blend Foundation With Your Fingers
Whether you apply your foundation with a brush, a stick or a sponge, you should blend it in using your fingers. Put a dime-size dollop of moisturizer on your fingers, rub them together and start blending. The extra moisture will keep your foundation and skin from drying out and will make your complexion look soft and dewy.
14. Eliminate Zits With Benzoyl Peroxide
If you’ve got a problem pimple (you know, one of the big suckers that really hurt), there are only two ways to take care of it. And no, popping it isn’t one of them. The first is to dab benzoyl peroxide gel directly on the blemish. This will help dry it out (sometimes overnight). If that doesn’t work, contact your local acne expert, Ashley, for an even quicker, fix! 405-703-4990
15. Shampoo Your Makeup Brushes
Every time you swipe on your blush with a dirty brush, you add a layer of acne-causing bacteria to your skin. Cleaning your brushes is easy: Just suds them with shampoo, rinse them and hang them to air-dry with the bristles facing down. It will make your makeup colors truer too.
16. Use an Eye Cream With Light Diffusers
In many cases, dark under-eye circles are hereditary. So the only way to reduce their appearance is with makeup. Start with an eye cream that has light diffusers, which reflect light to make the eye look brighter. Then, use concealer only on the dark spots. Look for one that matches your skin tone exactly, not one that’s a shade lighter– that can make your attempt to conceal even more noticeable. Remember to dab lightly to avoid tugging on delicate eye areas.
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