Skin Care

By Ava Mackenzie

When it comes to your big day, it can seem like you’re bouncing from appointment to appointment just to prepare for the event. Why not take out some of the extra steps with a few at-home treatments that provide professional results without the trip?

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L.A. facialist Kate Somerville is known across the country for her ability to illuminate even the most lackluster skin. A trip west may not be an option, but her ExfoliKate should become a necessary addition to your skincare routine. The thirty second treatment delivers similar results to a full-out facial, but in a fraction of the time. Fruit enzymes whisk away dead skin cells, leaving your face stunningly radiant. Because the treatment takes just a few seconds, your husband-to-be might even be convinced to try it himself!

Available at www.katesomeriville.com

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For years, brides-to-be have turned to their dermatologists for a quick fix when pimples arise, which can often be expensive. Forgo the cortizone injection in favor of Dermadoctor’s Ain’t Misbehavin’ Medicated Emergency Acne Spot Treatment. The blend of benzol peroxide and natural antioxidants soothe irritated, stressed skin in just one or two treatments. Much cheaper than an expensive injection, the cream will deliver results overnight.

Available at Sephora and www.dermadoctor.com

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For every bride, a pedicure isn’t just a luxury, it’s a necessity for anyone hoping to have smooth, attractive feet for dancing with her new hubby.To maintain spa results, smooth on a rich foot lotion each night, leading up to the wedding day. Mastiha and Beeswax Foot Cream from Korres soothes irritated, cracked skin and hydrates depleted tootsies. Use for a week, and you’ll notice softer, smoother skin that will last throughout the honeymoon.

Available at Sephora and www.beauty.com

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To keep lips soft and supple leading up to the first kiss with your new husband, stash Borba’s Neutraceutical Lip Kix in your purse to smooth and hydrate your pucker throughout the day. The creamy balm works well under lipstick and won’t leave a greasy smear on your groom when you have that first kiss as Mr. and Mrs.

Available at Sephora and www.borba.com

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While you’re on your honeymoon, your skincare routine shouldn’t take a vacation. The Somme Institute’s Mobile Kit is airline-friendly and will last about a week, keeping your skin supple and pimple-free. The complete product line scientifically developed and tested over six years, will help promote your newlywed glow for years and anniversaries to come.
Available at www.sommeinstitute.com.

Originally published June 2008
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