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Freelance Make Up Artist and Stylist who shuttles between New York, Italy and Dubai, Anna has been in the Make Up industry since 1996. She trained under Mario Dedivanovic and Scott Barnes in NYC and has a certificate for Hairstyling from Cinema Make Up School A true lover of all the elements of Fashion, she studied Fashion Design and Styling at the prestigious Istituto Europeo Di Design in Milan, Italy.

Friday, June 24, 2011

JUNE BRIDE SPECIAL: GLOW ON YOUR BIG DAY


THE MIRACLE WORKER...
DERMALOGICA'S MULTIVITAMIN POWER RECOVERY MASQUE
DERMALOGICA'S DYNAMIC SKIN RECOVERY WITH SPF 30
DERMALOGICA'S SPECIAL CLEANSING GEL

ACNE GEL


DIAMOND PEEL SESSION TO DEEP CLEAN YOUR SKIN

Every bride's dream is to ensure that the Groom shows up (joking.) And when you see your handsome husband-to-be, you want to make sure you look your most beautiful!. However, the stress involved in preparing for one of the biggest days of your life, can wreck havoc even on a Supermodel's skin. For me, there are two things that a bride-to-be should prepare for six months prior to the big day. First, is getting into shape. Whether you need to lose a few pounds, tone up, or gain some weight, six months is ideal so that crash dieting doesn't have to be an option (can have adverse side effects such as dizzy spells, halitosis etc); and taking miracle pills just doesn't work.

Second thing that a bride-to-be should prepare for six months prior, is getting her skin in top condition. As you will be the focus of everyone's attention, I cannot stress enough how important having great skin will be. No amount of foundation will cover your acne or other skin conditions that may require a skin experts' attention.

SIX MONTHS BEFORE
A deep cleaning treatment is something a bride-to-be should consider having to make her glow, not only during her wedding day, but especially during those stressful moments. There's nothing like grace under pressure. During this phase where the skin is encouraged to detoxify, the bride may suffer from breakouts. Her skin specialist should be able to prescribe a regimen that the bride can use at home.

I remember when I went home recently for a holiday, and saw my Dermatologist, I had two Diamond Peel sessions with her. Though this did not cause me to break out, Dr. Palabyab still gave me her Acne Gel just in case one or two pimples suddenly rears its ugly head to drive me ballistic LOL!

You may also decide to invest in a gentle cleanser during this phase, such as Dermalogica's Special Cleansing Gel. Since your skin is detoxifying, make sure to invest in a good moisturizer with a built-in SPF, preferably not less than 30. To help aid your skin to repair itself and shield it from the harmful rays of the sun, why not try Dermalogica's Dynamic Skin Recovery with SPF 30.

TWO TO FOUR MONTHS BEFORE
This phase is more area/problem centered, therefore treatments are stronger. If you want to address fine lines, a Galvanic Facial is something you may consider. Another treatment that is gaining popularity is the IPL treatment. This used to be just for hair removal, however several Dermatologists now use this treatment to help reduce the size of pores, eliminate and/or reduce marks. After the detoxifying stage, the skin is ready to receive Vitamin A, C and E, and botanical brighteners. Every bride has a best friend, and skin-wise, this is equivalent to Dermalogica's Multivitamin Power Recovery Mask. I have tried this and absolutely recommend to any women who simply wants to have radiant skin.

Apply the masque on clean, dry skin, wait for 20 minutes to dry. You have to sleep with the masque on, and remove the next morning, to avoid scaring the Starbucks baristas while ordering your Latte LOL! And believe me, your glow will compete with any sunny day in Summer :)

ONE TO TWO MONTHS BEFORE
As the big day approaches, expect sudden break outs (Murphy's Law). Times like these, you may want to switch to a gentler cleanser to avoid harsh exfoliants. Scrubbing too much is not going to make the pimples disappear. In fact, this may do more harm than good. Stripping your skin of its natural oils will make it over produce oil to compensate for what it has lost, therefore causing you to breakout even more. To calm yourself, go for weekly aromatherapy massages using lavender oil as it is known for its calming effects.

This is also a good time to invest in skin care products that have anti oxidants. Most serums are packed with these miracle workers. Serums help your moisturizers work faster and help your skin soak up all the vitamins in your skin care products, making it easier for you to achieve its promises.

TWO WEEKS BEFORE
2 weeks before the big day is not the best time to experiment with new treatments. the most that I will recommend it to have a facial that gently massages the face to promote better blood circulation. A treatment that can be considered is the Lymphatic Facial. This treatment lightly manipulates the fluid under the skin which helps drain excess fluid and waste protein. Having the treatment once a week helps reduce the puffiness, hyper pigmentations and even acne break outs. the reason as to why i recommend this treatment is that it is non invasive, no pricking required, but highly effective as it works with the body's natural processes and brings balance to the skin.

You can also schedule your waxing around this time, plus a nice body scrub. Additionally, a relaxing massage is essential, to help you say, "I Do" without a single moment's hesitation. hehehehehe.

THE BIG DAY
Wake up, open the curtains to greet the day (pray that its not cloudy with rain pending) with a nice, big smile and savour your last day as a Ms. and look forward to the new title of being Mrs. :)

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