Maybe you’ve had the date on your calendar for months—a high school or college reunion, a family wedding, or a much-anticipated vacation with friends. When you are looking forward to a special occasion, you want to make sure your skin is looking its best.
Whether you have a few days, a few weeks or a few months to prepare, some simple tweaks to your skin care and sleep routines will help improve your skin for your special occasion.
Here are some things to consider adding to your regular regime of cleansing, toning, treating and moisturizing so you can put your best face forward on your big day. (If you have a year or more, click here for a more detailed countdown starting one year out from your big day.
3 months before the big day: Focus on exercise and nutrition
If you have a few months to prepare, make sure you take a close look at your diet and exercise routine. A diet that balances fruits, vegetables, protein and whole grains will keep your body feeling healthy and nourish your skin.
If you’re not sure you are getting enough of the essential vitamins and minerals each day, incorporate a multivitamin like Nutrilite™ Gluten-free Daily, which can help fill nutrient gaps in your diet.
It’s also a good time to reboot your exercise regimen. Dermatologists say a regular routine of brisk walking increases your body’s circulation, which helps keep your skin looking its best. It’s a great way to improve your skin’s condition from the inside out.
1 month before the big day: Improve your skin care routine
If you have a few weeks before your special occasion, focus on your skin care steps.
To prep your delicate face, neck and throat area, use an exfoliant to buff away dry, dead skin cells. Try something gentle, like the Artistry Signature Select™ Polishing Mask, which feels like a mini-facial you can do at home.
Use this once or twice a week right at home, leaving your skin soft and ready to absorb your favorite skin care products. It’s also great to gently rub into rough areas like your elbows, or the backs of your hands.
2 weeks before the big day: Intensive skin care
Time to get the skin on your face, neck and décolletage in top condition. For extra help, pick a regimen like the Artistry™ Intensive Skincare 14-night restore program.
Designed to be used every three to four months, it is a powerful way to revive your skin and help repair any signs of damage or dryness. It also makes your skin more receptive to your regular daily skin care routine.
1 week before the big day: Get your beauty sleep
In those last few days before your big event, make sure you are getting enough sleep each night. If you don’t, it can show on your face.
Sleep is the time when your body repairs itself. Dermatologists say getting fewer than 6 hours of shut-eye each night could mean you are carrying around more fine lines, dark circles and puffiness than you would if you were getting enough sleep.
Aim for 7 to 9 hours of quality sleep for best results. Looking for some guidance on how to make that happen? Here are seven tips for getting a better night’s sleep.