With just four months to go before my wedding day, I have started focusing on a few new parts of my beauty routine to ensure that by August I am looking and feeling like the best version of myself. Mostly I am focused on my skin and hair.
I think all the years of abuse are finally starting to get to my fine locks. Between the foil treatments, daily workout ponytails, blow dryer, straightening iron and curling iron, it appears to have had it. Ideally, I want my hair to be nice and long for the wedding, but it’s been breaking off and refusing to grow this past year. After talking to my stylist and my colorist at Gene Juarez, I decided to try taking Biotin vitamins – they’re supposed to make your hair grow thick and strong – and started using Kerastase Intialiste every time I wash my hair. I am obsessed with it. First of all, it smells divine. Second, it is actually working. I’ve done a lot of different things to try and revitalize my hair, but this seems to strengthen it at the roots and keep it from breaking off as much as it used to. Plus, it never leaves my hair greasy, which is one of the standards I measure a great hair product by.
Second, I’ve invested in the Hydrating B5 Gel from SkinCeuticals. A gal giving me a facial recently told me there’s a difference between moisturizing skin and hydrating skin. With this gel, I feel like I am actually hydrating it. It seems to plump my skin and moisturize it from within. It’s not like putting lotion on your face. It feels like an actual change in your skin – not just a layer of cream. Plus, the gel isn’t sticky or heavy. It’s super light and dries really fast – making it a cinch to put on under makeup.
Last but definitely not least, sunscreen. I had a few moles removed my face recently, and to keep the scars from darkening or getting worse, I need at least 50 SPF on my face. There is 30 SPF sunscreen in my foundation, but before the wedding, I am amping it up to 50. This one from La Roche Posay is super light and great for sensitive skin. It’s also nice since I hate feeling like there is a thick layer of product on my face. I plan to keep this going long after the wedding. We all know how crucial sunscreen is – to protect scars from getting worse, especially.
Finally, and possibly my favorite part of this whole beauty routine, the Intraceuticals Oxygen Facial at Willow’s Lodge Spa. I had my first one a couple weeks ago I am absolutely hooked. It’s also known as the red carpet facial – stars are known for getting one right before big red carpet events. They did one half of my face first and when I looked in the mirror, the difference was SO obvious. The side of my face that hadn’t been treated yet looked like I had a lazy eye! That was how much it lifted and plumped my skin. For the next few days, my skin literally glowed and felt super smooth – like a baby’s skin. I hate to say a beauty treatment can be life changing, but it was life changing!! I plan on doing a few of them leading up to the wedding – including the day before.
What did you do to to prepare for your wedding? Any other products I should try before the big day?