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Spring has sprungSpring isn’t just known for its lovely flowers and mild weather.

It’s also prime prom and wedding season, which means there are plenty of us that are desperate to have healthy, glowing skin for a big day.  Both proms and weddings mean plenty of photos, and whether they’re preserved for posterity in a keepsake photo album or your friends’ Facebook pages, you want to look your best on a night that you’re going to look back on for the rest of your life.

Whether you have good skin to begin with or struggle with skin issues, you can make your skin look its most beautiful just in time for your big event.  All it take is a few key steps that help keep it clear and smooth and impart plenty of glow.

First of all, it’s important to stick to a basic skincare routine that covers two of your skin’s major needs – cleansing and hydration.  Depending on your skin type, you should wash your face up to two times a day.  Everyone should wash at night to remove the day’s worth of dirt, makeup, oil, and other debris that can clog pores.  The Pevonia All Skin Types Cleanser is a basic cleanser that works for most skin types.  If you have oily skin, it’s a good idea to wash in the morning too.  Dry or sensitive skin may prefer skipping the morning cleansing or using a gentler cleanser like the Dermalogica UltraCalming Cleanser, which you can actually tissue off instead of rinsing with water without leaving a residue behind.

Skin Prep Scrub 2.5ozExfoliation is also important if you want to have glowing skin for your wedding or prom because it removes dry, dulling skin cells and pore-clogging debris.  If you have oily skin, you can exfoliate up to three times a week to keep pores clear and breakouts at bay.  The Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub works well for oily skin.  If you have dry or sensitive skin, though, limit your exfoliation to one to two times a week and use a gentle formula. The Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant is an ideal option.

Finally, follow up with a good moisturizer in the morning and at night.  If you have oily skin, you may be tempted to skip a moisturizer but dehydrated skin actually lacks water, not oil, so it’s important to add proper hydration. Try the Dermalogica Oil Control Lotion, which not only hydrates the skin but helps matiffy it as well.  For dry skin, choose a richer formula that provides more intense moisture.  The Bioelements Crucial Moisture is a good choice.

In the month or so leading up to your big day, you can also boost the look of your skin from the inside out.  Start by cutting back on caffeine-heavy drinks and upping your water intake – drinking plenty of water helps keep your skin hydrated so it looks healthy and radiant for your prom or wedding.  If you aren’t a fan of water, try adding some fruit liked sliced lemons, limes, oranges or even frozen berries or pineapple to add flavor without any sugar.

Make sure that you’re protecting your skin from the sun in the weeks before your special event too.  While you should always wear sunscreen to prevent skin cancer and premature aging, it’s especially important before a wedding or prom so you don’t accidentally wind up with a sunburn or dark spots that are hard to conceal.  Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 on your face every day – the Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF30 is an ideal option for oily skin, while BioElements SPF50 FaceScreen is a good option for dry or normal skin.

SPF 50 FaceScreen 2.3ozOn the day of your big event, boost your skin’s glow with a revitalizing face mask.  The Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque can work wonders for dry, stressed skin by restoring the moisture necessary for a healthy, glowing complexion.  If your skin is oily, opt for a clarifying mask to absorb excess oil and clear the pores like the Dermalogica Skin Refining Masque.  Whichever mask you use, though, make sure to test it a couple of times before your wedding or prom so you know that it doesn’t cause a reaction.

If nerves or excitement keep you up the night before your event, you may wake up with bags or dark circles beneath your eyes. Banish bags with a soothing, depuffing eye product like the gloTherapeutics Eye Fix Revitalizing Treatment.  If dark circles are making you look tired, grab a tinted eye treatment like the Biolements Tinted Undereye and Lid Smoother.  The formula contains a blend of botanical extracts that help soothe and hydrate the eye area, but it also offers a slight tint to neutralize darkness and brighten your under eyes so you look fresh and awake.

Concealing Spot Treatment .33ozShould tragedy strike and you wake up with a zit on your big day, resist the urge to pop or pick at it.  Instead, apply an acne treatment product like the Dermalogica Concealing Spot Treatment, which uses sulfur and zinc oxide to treat the breakout instead of harsh, drying benzoyl peroxide and also contains a slight tint to hide redness.  Then let your makeup artist work her magic and conceal the zit – if you’ve been taking care of your skin in the previous weeks, it should be fairly easy.

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Skin Cleansing TipsThere are a number of things that can cause damage to your skin over time. You may have damaged skin because of being out in the elements often such as the sun, wind or cold, or you have skin damage because of life’s stress and typical aging. Another factor to consider could be  overused of products. Whatever the reason there are a number of things that you can do to help reverse the wear and tear to revitalize your damaged skin.

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closeup under eyeMade up of very delicate, thin skin, the eye area is a major skin care concern for many people.

Whether it’s fine lines beneath the eyes, crow’s feet at the edges, dark circles, puffy bags, or just dry skin, most of us have something about the area that we’d like to fix.  But with so many eye treatment products on the market, it can be difficult to know which one is right for your issues.

The key when picking out an eye cream is identifying your major concern.  A product designed to fight fine lines and wrinkles under the eyes is not the best option if you’re hoping to reduce the look of puffiness and vice versa. Once you pinpoint your precise issue, you can start to read ingredient lists to look for products that really make a difference for your eyes.

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Skin Damaged by UVWhen it comes to keeping your skin looking great, there are some areas that simply need more help than others. Everyone has different skin and therefore different skin problems. Finding the skin care solutions that target the specific area that you need help in and are specifically designed for use on dry skin is the best path to get great results. Naturally, quality products are essential to achieving the desired results. You want to be sure that you are putting only exceptional products on your face when you are making strides for a healthy skin care regimen.

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Woman with Glowing SkinFinding an effective skincare routine can definitely be a challenge, but discovering a hair care regime that delivers results can be just as difficult. With so many different hair types, textures, and concerns, one-size most certainly does not fit all when it comes to shampoo, conditioner, and hair treatment products.

Fortuantely, glo, the same brand that offers the gloTherpeutics skincare line that utilizes high levels of active ingredients and potent concentrations to transform the look and feel of your skin, has introduced a hair care line to help take some of the guesswork out of choosing the right hair products. The gloEssentials line contains shampoos, conditioners, and leave-in treatments designed for a variety of hair types. The products target your hair’s specific needs so they can help maintain or restore strong, shiny, healthy hair.  gloEssentials’ shampoos, conditioners, and treatments all contain an exclusive mineral botanical peptide (MBP) complex that utilizes jade powder to nourish and moisturize the hair, turmeric to support follicle health for thickness and body, and quinoa to help prevent breakage and promote strength, shine, and fullness. The products are also paraben- and sulfate-free.

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Protect Sensitive SkinAfter a long, cold winter, warm spring weather always feels like a treat.  We can put away the snow shovels, ditch the layers upon layers of clothing, and actually spend time out in the sunshine.  Our skin, which may have gotten dry, itchy, and irritated from the cold, dry winter weather, can breathe a sigh of relief too, with warm, moist, complexion-friendly air finally circulating again.

But while spring may usher in changes that make the weather kinder to your skin, you need to make your own changes if you want to maintain healthy, glowing skin.  The skincare routine that gets you through a harsh winter probably isn’t the best option for your skin when the weather heats up.  Making a few key changes to routine may be all it takes to keep your skin looking bright and fresh all spring – and summer – long.

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family-photoMother’s Day is around the corner, and what better way to celebrate, than to give her some amazing, high-quality skin care products so she can pamper herself and feel her best?

Dermalogica has some fabulous gift options for the holiday.  Start off with an exfoliating product.  This will set the stage for the other products you will give her, since exfoliating is the first step in getting glowing, smooth and radiant skin!  If her skin is more sensitive, Dermalogica’s Gentle Cream Exfoliant might be the best option.  Since the formula is a cream, it’s non-abrasive, yet still does a thorough job of removing dead skin cells to reveal soft, refreshed skin.  Because it doesn’t use harsh exfoliating beads, it works for the most sensitive skin, including people with rosacea or other skin conditions.

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