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
common sense tells us that the fewer impurities we consume, the
fewer impurities need to be flushed out through your pores.
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.
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.