We are in the middle of awards seasons, ladies! It’s time to get your act together and stop letting Hollywood’s A-Listers look better than you. Yes, they have hairdressers and makeup artists and personal trainers and chefs and umbrella holders on call, but we have a few inside secrets. After all, beautiful skin is always in.
Cool your cleanser. Store your facial cleanser in the refrigerator before any important event. Washing with a cool cleanser (such as the Sustaining Cleanser) will reduce inflammation, invigorate your skin and give it a natural glow.
Don’t stop at one wash. “When you wash your face once, you’re eliminating just the surface pollutants. Cleanse it a second time to rid the toxins from your skin,” says Dr. Rucker.
Create a clean slate. Get a microdermabrasion treatment four to seven days prior to a major event to stimulate new cell growth and give your skin a fresh glow. However, exfoliating with microdermabrasion any closer to the big day might not allow your skin enough time to recover. Plan ahead!
Watch your plate. When it comes to food, colorful fruits and vegetables nurture skin best. In fact, the deeper the color, the more benefits you’ll reap. For example, greens are excellent sources of folic acid and omega 3 fatty acids, while reds are rich in folate and flavonoids that contain antioxidant properties. Avoid white foods — dairy, sugar, white bread, pasta and rice — because they can aggravate acne.
Calm the redness. The stars know that cocktails don’t mix well with the bright lights along the red carpet. Keep the redness of inflammation at bay by applying RosaCalm under your moisturizer. The soothing properties of willow herb help maintain an even skin tone.
Drink water diligently. Adding a slice of lemon or lime to filtered water will not only help cleanse your system of impurities, but will also improve digestion and stimulate the liver. Dr. Rucker recommends drinking at least eight glasses of water a day, especially the week before an important event.
Raise your head in bed. To avoid puffy eyes in the morning,tuck an extra pillow under your head at night. This helps prevent fluid build-up around your eyes. “Using an eye cream with peptides will also help reduce puffiness by making capillaries less permeable,” according to Dr. Rucker. He recommends Eyebright Anti-Puffiness Gelée.
Turn on the steam. Sleep with a humidifier to keep skin looking hydrated and lips plump. Applying treatments rich in vitamins and peptides before bed will help your lips rejuvenate though the night. Try the Lip Treatment.