Hi Gwen! I’m new here but in the same boat as you. Here a few things I’ve found, that must be working…or so I’m told by friends and family! Im a self disclosed lifelong Cosmo girl and Drugstore Beauty hobbiest 🙂
First off, you’re right on with HYDRATION. Even if you’re drinking a lot of water, try adding good fats to your diet; lots of olive and flax oils, and try eatina fresh avocado daily. Ive also been seeing a naturopathic practitioner, and 3 mos into adding fats to my diet I’ve actually LOST weight, and noticed a HUGE improvement in my head to toe skin tone and elasticity!!!
A bright smile 🙂 is your BEST makeup! Add some plain baking soda to your daily toothpaste and brush well. I mix the soda powder with Sensadyne and my teeth have whitened several shades. Careful not to over use or it eats your enamel away.
St. Ives Invigorating apricot scrub, from head to toe is a great skin buffer and the scrub is based in a fairly emoillant cream. Rinse, immediately slather on either olive oil or Johnson’s baby oil gel to damp skin. Use the scrub on your hands and feet with not much water,rinse, and apply a slathering of Bag Balm! Your hands and feet will lose 20 years overnight!!!!
Finally, Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum is a godsend for frizzed out older hair or damaged hair. Apply to ends and comb thru, blow dry with a wide barrel round brush and finish with a wide barreled round, or flat iron. I guarantee you’ll be amazed with the results.
For my own wedding day routine, I plan on a vigorous exfoliation in the morning followed by heavy duty moisture to sink in all day. Olive oil is my secret weapon…the salad smell really does disappear quickly, its Hypoallergenic, and layering on scented lotions and perfumes afterwards really works! For makeup I normally use Bare Minerals loose powders, and for a completely matte finish, I will add some cornstarch to my Mineral Veil finishing powder!
Congratulations and best of beauty luck!!! 🙂
OMG I almost forgot my two favorite tricks of all time!!! Visine applied with a q tip to blemishes and or reddened capillaries on cheeks and nose area really works! So does a yellow based concealer. Also, Preparation H cooling gel…yes, hemmorhoids gel! Around puffy eyes really works well too, with a cool wet compress forfew few minutes will really tighten up the eye area!