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Beauty and the bride

fashion-and-trends Updated: Feb 23, 2009 16:18 IST
Rochelle Pinto
Rochelle Pinto
Hindustan Times
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Wedding season can be stressful, especially for the bride-to-be. After months of shopping and planning for the big day, it’s a miracle if she doesn’t look drained and overwhelmed. Though we don’t have an army of fairy godmothers to turn these tired princesses into the belle of the ball, here are a few treatments that can work some magic of their own.

Dr Abhijit Desai of Evolve Med Spa, is a strong believer in a skin rejuvenating therapy called microderm skin polishing. The process that boosts the skin with vitamin C, helps to remove dead skin and improve the skin’s hydration levels.

“We usually do a series of sittings before the wedding date, with a gap of about two weeks between each sitting,” he says. “The treatment helps to clean the pores and restore the skin’s natural glow.”

Desai assures brides that they can apply make-up after the treatment without fear of the skin revolting. “Just make sure that the make-up is removed each night before sleeping so that it doesn’t clog the pores,” he advises.

Chocolate cure
At the Iosis spa, Kiran Bawa has a sweet remedy for needy skin. The chocolate manicure and pedicure, along with the chocolate body wrap, tastes as good as it sounds. “The chocolate wrap is made from fresh products like milk powder, aloe vera, vitamin E and dark cooking chocolate,” explains Bawa. “It’s edible too.”

The moisturising effect of chocolate helps treat extremely dry skin, and the basic procedures of exfoliating and buffing add shine.

“Brides need indulgence,” Bawa affirms. “Treatments like massages and body wraps help ease tension, allowing the body to detox.” For sensitive skin, Bawa suggests aloe vera and cucumber wraps that cool the skin.

Nalini Naegamvala of Nalini and Yasmin salon recommends a hair treatment to ensure your mane stays bouncy. “We start with a nourishing massage for the scalp and then apply a conditioning hair mask depending on the type of hair. For extra-dry hair, a keratin-based oil acts as a porosity filler,” she informs.

But as the day draws closer, all experts agree that the best remedy for dull skin is ample sleep and hydration. “Brides need adequate rest because there is no magic cure for puffy eyes and acne outbreaks,” cautions Desai. “There is a reason why it’s called beauty sleep.”

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