Best Face Forward
Life before the wedding can wreak havoc on your complexion. Here, local experts recommend last-minute fixes for three common skin-care emergencies.
(Illustration by Kirsten Ulve)
The Problem: A Monster Zit
The Solution: Whatever you do, â€śDonâ€™t try to extract it yourself,â€ť cautions Laura Small, a skin-care specialist at Skoah. Instead, crush an aspirin tablet, mix it with water to form a paste, and apply it to the pimpleâ€”the salicylic acid will reduce inflammation. Or you can go natural: Dilute a drop of tea-tree oil (an antifungal agent) with water and dab the solution onto the blemish to kill bacteria. To avoid last-minute surprises in the first place, Small recommends exfoliating one to two times a week and getting a facial at least one week before the big day. â€śIf youâ€™re going to get a zit, the facial will bring it to the surface quickly,â€ť she says.
The Problem: A Wicked Sunburn
The Solution: Anne-CĂ©cile Curot, spa director at Salon Marc Harris, has a surprising trick for soothing crispy skin: a dollop of plain yogurt mixed with a teaspoon of organic honey. â€śWhen youâ€™re burnt, your skin is traumatized. Natural honey is healing,â€ť she says. Apply the mask for 15 minutes, then wash with a non-abrasive cleanser (avoid those that contain stripping agents like glycolic acid). Curot recommends Freshâ€™s Soy Face Cleanser ($38, available at Fresh). After cleansing, apply an arnica-based moisturizer; the plant extracts enhance circulation and reduce skin inflammation. Curotâ€™s favorite is Rhonda Allisonâ€™s Arnica Therapy Post Procedure Cream ($27, available at Marc Harris). And donâ€™t skimp: Keeping skin hydrated will help reduce peeling.
The Problem: Puffy Eyes
The Solution: Treat your lids to tea, suggests Sara Jamison, owner of Brooklineâ€™s Sara Jamison Esthetics. Place soothing chamomile or calendula tea bags, steeped in hot water and cooled, over eyelids for five minutes. Thinly sliced, refrigerated cucumbers are also anti-inflammatory. For a higher-tech solution, Jamison recommends Guinotâ€™s Anti-Fatigue Eye Gel ($44, available at Sara Jamison Esthetics), which contains horse chestnuts, known to reduce under-eye pouches. Of course, prevention is key: Keep puffiness at bay by drinking plenty of water and embracing a low-sodium diet in the months leading up to your wedding.
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/2012/07/last-minute-skin-care-fixes/