The Dreaded Wedding Day Pimple continued...
But what about that occasional pimple -- often caused by stress -- that pops out when you least expect it? According Mauro Romita, MD, medical director of the Ajune Spa in New York City, if a whitehead appears, a hot compress will reduce it, followed by a cold compress and "a tiny dab of benzyl peroxide to kill any bacteria."
If your skin is irritated from stress his solution is to apply cool cotton pads soaked in milk or chamomile tea, followed by an application of lukewarm water.
Celebrity makeup artist and bridal beauty expert Timothy Alan says his famous soap star clients have had great success with the "toothpaste zit zapper."
"If the blemish pops out the night before your wedding - or it looks like it's going to -- dab it with some toothpaste. But it has to be the paste type, not the gel type," says Alan, author of Two Faced: Confessions of a Soap Opera Make-Up Artist. This, he tells WebMD, will help shrink the pimple and dry it.
If redness persists in the morning, he says apply a drop of Visine (the eye care solution) on the pimple. "To cover up what's left apply a lighter shade of concealer on the pimple, then cover with your foundation, then dab on a tiny bit more concealer in a shade that matches your foundation," says Alan. To set the cover up, he says dust with finely milled face powder.
Groomed to Be a Bride
From plucking eyebrows to bikini waxing, from teeth whitening to self-tanning, experts say your wedding day is the time to splurge -- but not the day before you say, "I do."
"Many women don't realize that having their eyebrows done, for example, can cause swelling, sometimes a little bleeding, sometimes a little discomfort -- you don't want to have to deal with this the day before your wedding," says Alan, who has groomed more than 500 brides for their wedding day.
Ideally, he advises having brows shaped one week before the big day.
Experts at the Ajune Spa tell WebMD that body waxing should be done at least three days prior to your wedding - and earlier if you've never had it done before, or if your skin is very sensitive.
Alan says to have any facial waxing done a week to 10 days before the wedding to avoid redness or irritation.