PHOTO: HER WORLD BRIDES MARCH 2013

1. My best friend says I should go for a light peel before my wedding to help my skin look its best. What is this?

A light peel can refer to a mild acid peel (done by a doctor) which uses a low percentage of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) on the skin. This exfoliates and smoothes skin. The result: improved skin texture and a luminous glow. Check with a dermatologist on whats the best for your skin type, and try it a few months before the wedding. Your skin then has time to heal if you suffer any irritation.

2. I’m swimming daily to tone my body. How do I make sure tan lines don’t show for my backless gown?

The easiest way- get a swimsuit with a low-back cut similar to your gown. Also, try swimming around 6pm where you’re not likely to get as tanned (stick with he sun-block even then, as this helps hydrate skin)

If you’ve developed tan lines, a self- tanner used daily for about a week before the wedding should hide them.

Use the self-tanner all over your back, instead of trying to fill in the pale lines. Apply the self-tanner in long, smooth strokes. Good for golden results: Clarins Self Tanning Milk with SPF 6.

3. I want to clean up my eyebrows for the wedding. What should I do?

Go to a beautician or a make-up artist. They will be able to best shape an arch that suits your features. After that, it’ll be easier to maintain the shape on your own- just pluck away the stragglers as they grow out.

4. I need to change my hairstylist fast. How do I find a great new one?

By word of mouth – talk to people whose haircuts you consistently like. Get at least four names, then call for a consultation to check out the salon and hairstylist, and to decide on one. Bring pictures of preferred hair styles and your gown too for the consultation. This gives the hairstylist a better idea of your preferences. Schedule all consultations with different stylists within two months, then have a trim (in the third month) done by the stylist you prefer most. You can see how he works with your hair. If you don’t like it, there’s still enough time for your hair to grow out.

5. I have visible eyebags and dark circles. Why is this and how can I get rid of them?

Bags and dark circles are a sign of general fatigue, although smoking, air pollutants and poor blood circulation can make them worse. Change your current lifestyle, eg. cut down on the clubbing or working too many late nights. Take more fruits, vitamins and veggies to help improve circulation.

Another way to improve circulation is a gentle eye massage. Gently tap fingers on and around the eye area after applying your eye gel, serum or cream (like The Body Shop’s Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate or Shiseido’s Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate). A two-minute massage every day can do wonders to make you feel more relaxed, too.

6. I’ve got frizzy and wavy hair and would love to straighten it for the wedding. What’s the best route to straight, glossy locks?

Rebonding is an option but you should check with a reputable hairstylist, to see if your hair is suitable for rebonding. Not all wavy hair is suitable since rebonding requires straightening hair under extremely high temperature. This could damage hair if it is not done properly. If perming is not an option, try relaxing or straight-perming. These are older methods but they’re just as effective for straight locks on your wedding day.