10 Classic Wedding Beauty Ideas


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Take Care of Your Skin
No facials on the big day, either.
No facials on the big day, either.
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In the months leading up to your wedding, increase your skin care routine. This should probably include getting a facial to exfoliate dead skin cells and remove excess oil. Whatever your budget happens to be, though, make your skin a priority. Use a good cleanser and moisturizer. Depending on your age, explore skin toning products, night creams and eye creams. There are lots and lots of products on the market that promise perfect skin. Some of that is hype, and some of it is solid science. You may not be able to make your skin look 10 years younger, but you can make it look softer, smoother and healthier.

For example, the outer layer of your skin is protected from dehydration by a thin coating of oil that holds moisture inside your tissues. That layer is also slightly acidic to repel bacteria. When you apply a mild cleanser, you remove surface dirt, grease and bacteria without stripping off that protective layer. Many moisturizers include humectants that attract revitalizing water to the surface of your skin. They work with emollients that create a barrier to keep precious moisture from evaporating. These are a few examples of the solid science behind some very basic skincare products. Once you start using one or two, you should see a difference in the look of your skin in a matter of weeks. Just be sure to start your new skin care treatment weeks in advance. Cleansers can coax embedded grease and dirt out of your pores, but the process sometimes causes blemishes. You want all that out of the way before your wedding day.

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