4. Eat Super Foods
No matter what your skin type is—oily, dry, normal or a combo— it craves water. Sure, drinking water helps, but snacking on naturally hydrating foods like watermelon works too. Other super foods for your face? Try grapefruit, cucumbers, tomatoes and kale.
5. "Shrink" Your Pores With Microdermabrasion
We want to give it to you straight, so first, the bad news: You can't actually change the size of your pores. "The deeper a pore is, the bigger it looks on the skin's surface," says Cornelia Zicu, global chief creative officer at Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas. The good news: You can minimize the depth of your pores to make them seem smaller. "Microdermabrasion, glycolic acid and other chemical peels will exfoliate layers of bad skin and minimize pore surface," Zicu says.
6. Use Salt Scrubs to Soften Elbows
This is the one thing most brides forget about. Add a bath to your weekly routine and throw in bath salts with sodium bicarbonate. "The sodium bicarbonate will break down dry patches and make your skin a sponge for moisture," says Zicu. For really tough patches, ask an aesthetician to put a glycolic peel on your elbows when you go in for a
7. Sweat It Out
When you sweat, you allow your body to flush out all the impurities that are embedded in the dermal layer—from pollutants and dirt to old makeup and chemical residue. Regular sweating (made easy at Shape House) can improve the tone, clarity and texture of the skin. Your sweat also contains small amounts of antibiotics that combat dermal bacteria, reinforcing the cleansing process. Nutrient-rich blood is brought to the surface by increased circulation, allowing essential vitamins and minerals to help fill in the gaps between skin cells and plump up tiny wrinkles, while deterring future collagen breakdown.