Post # 1
I guess what I’m trying to say is that how long before the wedding will you start to make sure you look your best for the big day? These are the areas I’m worried about
- I have reallllly dry skin. it’s flaky, it’s ugly and there’s damn near nothing I can do about in the fall except put half a freaking bottle of lotion on every day after showering. It’s nasty. I’m getting married in Nov and it’s cold here so I’m stressing about this in photos
- My teeth are kinda yellow. I drink a lot of coffee and other things are a factor. I’m thinking about trying some at home whitening strips
- I have an awful habit of biting my lips. I realllly need to cut it out for the wedding. Someone suggested some brown sugar regiment will help with the dry skin issue on my lips.
Post # 3
I would start dealing with all of these now. Why wait?
As for the flaking skin, what have you tried? Barely warm water in the shower? Do you exfoliate? What sort of lotion do you use?
Post # 4
@mrsjesse: I found this wonderful lotion by Curel I’ve been using. I just need to remember to do it every.single.day or it will start to get dry again. I also work with sanitizer liquid a lot and struggle with dry fingers and cuticles. The whole warm water in the shower is so hard for me though. I can do it in the summer but as soon as it gets cold (I’m freezing all the time) I act like a freaking baby and turn it to boiling. Which I’m sure doesn’t help at all. I need to learn to compromise with myself.
Post # 5
My wedding is also November and I am already starting.
Drink lots of water!! I drink a huge glass Voss bottle everyday (I just reuse the same bottle) because I live in the desert. Also for my skin because I tend to get exzema I take Evening Primrose oil, about four 1300 mg pills per day two in the morning and two at night.
Evening Primrose oil is a miracle oil!! It also made my hair, eyelashes and nails grow thicker after about 6 weeks of daily use. I buy it at GNC, you may not need such a high dose like me but atleast take 2 per day. I also have it in my dermalogica lotion that has Evening Primrose in it. It was expensive but worth it my skin is much more moisturized!Use VASOLINE at night on top of your moisturizer before bed. It works wonders. Just don’t put it around the skin near your eyes. And use a thin layer. Or you can use olive oil, however I think Vasoline works better it literally locks in moisture. Notice on most lotions contain mineral oil and that actually dries out your skin in the long run. Aveeno has some decent lotions too. In most cases you have to pay a bit more for a really good quality lotion.
I exercise 3 days a week but I am going to up it to 4 pretty soon and then 5 for the few months before my wedding.
As far as your teeth, IF POSSIBLE, quit drinking coffee. If you just whiten your teeth and continue drinking coffee etc your teeth will become porous and stain worse and more deeply. So if you can’t stop drinking coffee wait til the very last minute to whiten them.
Again for your lips…VASOLINE. Buy the sample containers at walmart and carry it around in your purse. Make a concious effort to quit biting them.
You will be fine! 🙂
Post # 6
@Dsquared: thank you for the reassuring. I think it’s just tough knowing that the wedding means all eyes will be on you. I want to look my best without going over the top.
Post # 7
If you can–use a straw as MUCH as possible! Crest white strips work pretty great, too! I put them on while I shower and get ready.
Have you seen a dermatologist about your skin? If it’s that bad it could be more than just dry weather. I like to use baby oil on my body. It’s super cheap, too!
Post # 8
@MissHoneyBun: I haven’t been to one in ages. And the last time was because I have bumps on my arms too (skin doesn’t slough off right) But maybe going would help things?
Post # 9
i have started some things now, like dry skin and what not. well i always try to take care of that, but i am trying to be more stringent about it. i am definitely more committed to working out these days. i plan to bleach my teeth in a couple of weeks, and then like misshoneybun said, drink with a straw for tea and coffee.
what i REALLY need to work on is my nails. they just wont grow and are constantly peeling! i am going to buy a nail strengther this week i think and see if it helps.
Post # 10
@purpleunicorn – I really suggest Evening Primrose oil taking it a few times a day has made my hair nails and even eyelashes grow longer 🙂 A lot of people with thyroid problems take it for hair loss and the nail strengthening is just a welcomed side effect.
Post # 11
Just moisturize your skin regularly and hopefully it won’t get flaky anymore. I to live somewhere cold and my skin gets dry but if i moisturize daily or even every other day it seems to keep it looking good.
Post # 12
LUSH has quite a few rocking products for dry, flaking skin!
They also have products with evening primrose oil IN it!
Post # 13
My wedding is in 7 months and I’ve already started. I’ve been working out and taking vitamins everyday for the last three months. My nails are definitely growing and looking good with the help of clear polish.
I have eczema too and it sucks. I use Aquaphor and Cetaphil lotion right after the shower. I read some where that if you put lotion on no longer than 3 minutes after you get out of the shower it helps seal in moisture. The upside is, my skin loves me for it. Drink lots of water and exfoliate once a week and your skin will look awesome! 🙂
Post # 14
I’m pushing myself to start NOW! I love my coffee too, so whitening strips are a must. I second the PP who suggested Vaseline for the lips- it’s also great for overnight treatments on the hands and feet (my problem areas). I’ve been trying to stick to healhty diet, drink lots of water & limit any wine/alcohol intake. I REALLY need to start working out, focusing on my arms so they look good in my dress, etc. Looks like we’re date twins 🙂 I keep telling myself I have plenty of time to get started on a workout program, but the reality is we’re almost halfway through MARCH, scary huh?
Post # 15
I’m going to start going for facials and start doing manicures in about a month’s time. I don’t have any big issues, so it should be pretty simple.