Reunion Prep - Cityline - September 2004
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Reunion Prep - A looking great prep guide for your reunion.

By Dr. Lisa Kellett

Even though you can’t turn back the hands of time you can certainly give them a nudge in the right direction. Dr. Lisa Kellett has a prep schedule for your skin and tips that’ll have you looking reunion ready. You can also use this schedule for any important event where you want to look great. 

Feet – Before Bed, but after bathing or showering, soak your feet for about 10 minutes. Then use a foot file to scrub away rough skin. Apply a liberal amount of petroleum jelly to the heels and tops of your feet and then wrap both feet with Saran wrap. Put on socks and go to bed. 

Hands – This treatment is designed to smooth rough, dry hands. Find a pair of cotton gloves and then each night before bed, apply a generous layer of cold cream to your hands. Put on the gloves and go to bed. If your hands are in fairly good condition you can start this treatment a couple of days before the reunion.

Exfoliate – the key to soft, smooth skin is exfoliation, a step which many women skip. Exfoliate everyday and you’ll see an improvement in skin tone. Look for an exfoliator with small beads, is non-irritating, and has a non-foamy base. Work it into the face for about 2-3 minutes and rinse thoroughly. Exfoliate in the morning and at night 2-3 days a week. 

Facial Mask – A good hydrating mask won’t make you look 20 years younger but it will tighten the skin and make pores look smaller. Apply a mask every other day one month before the reunion. Look for one containing vitamin A (helps to rejuvenate collagen production) and salicylic acid (otherwise know as beta hydroxy acid – removes dirt from your pores). Apply a generous amount to clean skin and leave on for approximately 10 minutes. Then rinse your face. Use at night before bed. 

New Products – Don’t use any new products two weeks before your reunion. They may cause breakouts or skin irritation. 

Blemishes – Use a benzoyl peroxide spot treatment once a day (twice a day if you’re under stress and breaking out) on the blemish only. Look for products with 2.5%-5% benzoyl peroxide and be careful not to overuse, which can dry out or irritate your skin. 

Puffy Eyes – A tried and true method for relieving puffiness around the eye area is teabags. Place a used teabag on each eye for about 15 minutes to decrease eyelid swelling. 
Alcohol – Alcohol will cause you to swell so limit your consumption several days before the reunion. 
Water – Drink lots of water several days before the reunion. 
Tanning – Don’t get a tan before your reunion, but if you insist and get a sunburn, decrease redness by using a product with an anti-oxidant like green tea.

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