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Be Good To Your Bod
An Inside Approach
By Lisa Link

First, start from the inside out. You need to pay attention to your diet, water consumption, and stress level in the months before your wedding.

Now's the time to swear off fast food, fried foods, and anything processed. While there isn't proof of a direct relationship between food and good skin per se, Balancing Actcommon sense tells us that the fewer impurities we consume, the fewer impurities need to be flushed out through your pores.

Your diet should focus on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean protein. Avoid fad diets, especially the horrific Atkins Diet that is so popular right now (just look up the meaning of the words Kreb's Cycle!), because they are stressful to the body and end up backfiring in the end.

If you want to lose a little weight, do so reasonably through smaller portions (or just cutting out dessert) and increased physical activity.

Personally, I'm a very curvy size 12, and while I may lose 10 lbs or so, I'm actually at the point in my life that I understand my body, and have made a somewhat uneasy truce with its shape, which I consider a pretty major victory!

Also, drink at least 8 eight-ounce glasses of water per day. Yes, I know it's hard, but believe me, hydrated skin is healthy, luminous skin (soda, coffee, and other caffeine-laden beverages don't count - they rob your skin of moisture instead of replacing it).

Here's a beauty tip passed on to me at the world-renowned Spa at Nemacolin Woodlands: add lemon wedges and cucumber slices to water for added vitamin C, as well as help in reducing water retention - they really do help.

Lastly, you MUST stop visiting the tanning bed and/or getting too much natural sun during the summer. Over-exposed skin looks grainy and unevenly pigmented, and tanning booths give you a tacky, fake-looking, trailer-park princess color that photographs REALLY badly. I'll talk about some ideas for sun-kissed skin (that are safe) later on.


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