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Beauty’s Wake-Up Call

December 13th, 2006

 

Quick ways to rejuvenate your skin after a festive night-out.

The parties, the hangover, eek! All this fun can wreak havoc on your skin and body not to mention make your head feel more than fuzzy too. Take note and save your skin from betraying your big night out.

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RESTORE

Instead of following the old folk remedy to feed a hangover with greasy, rich foods try replenishing your skin from the inside by starting the day immediately with a large glass of "body cleansing" hot water mixed with lemon and grated ginger. This along with a healthy breakfast rich in antioxidant berries will help soothe an upset stomach and begin to energize you back to your normal state-of-being. A definite must is to keep the consumption of water going all day to hydrate you.

GET MOVIN'
As dreadful as it might feel, you must drag yourself out of bed and slowly walk around. This will get your blood flowing, wake up your body and put color back into your complexion.

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Before stepping into an invigorating shower, try this tip... body brush! By brushing your skin in circular upward movements toward your heart (all you need is 20 seconds of brushing), you are ridding the body of toxins while boosting circulation. Be sure to step into a cool shower, since hot water will irritate skin especially if you drank the night before.

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EXFOLIATE

Exfoliating will make a dramatic difference to your complexion by getting rid of dead skin cells and any traces of last night's makeup. St. Ives Apricot Scrub, Gentle For Sensitive Skin is a gentle one to try. If you feel able enough, soothe the skin and replenish it with a powerful vitamin mask like Dr. Brandt's Vitamin Moisture Mask.

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Avoid using heavy makeup thinking it is going to do the trick. As this will only increase dryness and magnify fine lines. Instead, treat your skin to your nighttime cream for an extra boost of moisture. Opt for simple dabs of spot concealer and try using Paula Dorf Perfect Illusion pen to plump the skin around the eyes. Next use a gel-based cheek stain to add a natural rosy glow to the skin and a moisturizing lip balm to keep your lips hydrated while adding a soft tint of color.

So even if your head is thumping, you will look fresh enough to face the day!




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You can take no credit for beauty at sixteen. But if you are beautiful at sixty, it will be your soul's own doing.

—Marie Stopes