Insider Tips and Tricks

Every bride wants to be picture-perfect at her wedding. We asked skin-care experts to reveal their best simple solutions for some common beauty concerns, so that you'll look and feel flawless by the time you walk down the aisle.

Clear up Blemishes
Apply an over-the-counter blemish treatment containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide as directed. With proper use, you can expect improvement within three days. If the treatment fails, a dermatologist can inject cortisone into the pore to shrink the blemish and eliminate redness in twelve hours.

Reduce Pores
Prescription Retin-A creams, cleansers, lotions, and masks with alpha hydroxy acids may help clear away dirt and oil that cause pores to appear larger -- but they can take months to work. Facials or pore-cleansing strips provide temporary help.

Boost a Sallow Complexion
A series of monthly fruit-acid peels performed by a dermatologist exfoliates the skin and brightens your complexion. Putting bronzer on the cheeks, temples, and jaw line and dusting pink blush on the apples of the cheeks can also help simulate a glow, says New York City salon owner Eva Scrivo.

Banish Blotchy Skin
If the cause is rosacea or another medical condition, consult a doctor. A cream with anti-inflammatory green-tea extract, vitamin C, or caffeine applied daily for a month may help to constrict the blood vessels that cause flushing, says Dr. Ingleton. A sheer foundation can even out skin tone.

Reduce Puffiness
Cut down on salty foods, caffeine, and alcohol, and try sleeping face up with your head elevated to prevent fluid retention. Place chilled cucumber slices or an eye mask on eyelids for several minutes to relieve swelling. If the condition is allergy-related, a physician can recommend an antihistamine.

Clear up Red Eyes
Over-the-counter eyedrops will temporarily constrict blood vessels and eliminate redness. A clarifying pencil (a skin-toned eyeliner available in "light" for pale complexions and "dark" for skin tones that are olive or darker) used on the inner rims of the upper and lower lids can offset redness and create a brighter, more refreshed look, says Scrivo.

Cover a Scar
A combination of dermatologist-performed glycolic peels and regular use of a prescription skin lightener will help fade dark scars. You can touch up flat scars by applying a cream or stick concealer in a shade that matches your skin tone over the scar; follow with a dusting of translucent powder to set. Raised or depressed scars should be treated by a dermatologist who can offer more permanent solutions.


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