Smart Tips For Brides
The weather outside may be frightful, but your skin can look delightful -- if you follow the correct beauty regimen in the days and weeks leading up to your wedding. Wintry conditions can make it hard for you to look your best when you're battling dry skin, chapped lips, and flyaway hair. Find out what you need to do to look your best when you say "I do."
Winter Beauty Dilemma: Dry SkinDon't depend on your regular moisturizer to do double-duty for your face and your body. While your face may bear the brunt of the winter weather and become chapped, the heat from your home or office can drain the moisture from your skin, leaving you itchy and flaky. Look for different products to address different needs. When searching for a facial moisturizer, take into consideration your complexion (oily or combination skin requires specialized products) and your regular beauty regimen. Read the labels carefully. Keep in mind that you don't have to spend a lot of money to get a rosy glow. Cetaphil (a nonirritant and fragrance-free line that's dermatologist-approved) has a number of products for every skin care need and can be found at your local drugstore or a website like Drugstore.com. FYI: Don't forget your hands! Winter brides should take special care to fight dry hands and fingers. Most likely, this is one part of your body that will be heavily photographed on your wedding day. Treat yourself to a paraffin wrap at your local salon or spa a day or two before your wedding to ensure that your fingers are as soft as velvet.
Winter Beauty Dilemma: Chapped LipsIt's hard to kiss your groom if your pucker feels like sandpaper. Don't rely on your regular lip balm to repair a season's worth of damage. Look for a product that has a combination of proven moisturizers like Vitamin E, aloe, shea butter, and beeswax. The Body Shop's Lip Butter line of lip balm contains many of these ingredients, is specialized for specific skin types, and costs under $10 at store locations and at Thebodyshop-usa.com.
Winter Beauty Dilemma: Flyaways and Staticky HairDry, cold air sucks the moisture out of your hair. If you want to avoid having your hair stand on end when you walk down the aisle (literally), start using a deep conditioner every time you wash it. If your hair is naturally dry and coarse, opt for a leave-in conditioning treatment. Make sure you stay away from hair care products that list alcohol as one of the main ingredients -- alcohol is a drying agent and can make the situation worse. Specialized hair care lines like PHYTO (which can be purchased at Drugstore.com) include many natural conditioning ingredients to improve the quality of your hair. If you're still concerned about flyaways on your wedding day, store a few dryer sheets in your purse and gently smooth one over your hair prior to your wedding photos.
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