One of my favorite things about being a woman is getting dolled up. There are so many reasons to pamper ourselves. It makes all the hype about my upcoming event worth it or even just a weekend with friends. Enhancing your beauty doesn’t need to be saved for a special occasion or major event. It can be a first, date; a work presentation, or even dinner with the family. It’s nice to get pampered but makeup is nothing without healthy skin. While we should incorporate a skincare regimen all year round, there are some key tips to prep you for an upcoming weekend full of beauty! How you treat your skin internally and externally are key in showing your best flawless self!

5 DAYS BEFORE: This is the first day of prep work and most important. Your goal should be to hydrate your body as much as you can. Get those 8 glasses of water in and flush out all the toxins. To make things interesting, try adding lemon, grapefruit or cucumber to your water. This step continues through all 5 days. You can also include 2 cups of green tea every day leading to the weekend. Water is key for nourished skin.

4 DAYS BEFORE: Add more fruits and vegetables to your daily diet. Dark leafy greens like kale and spinach are filled with nutrients that help keep the skin young and fresh. Fruits like apples and strawberries help you get that glow! An easy way to get these goodies in is with a fresh juice press. Not only will your skin shine through but it will also help eliminate bloating.

3 DAYS BEFORE: Right before you call it a night, apply a moisturizing face mask. This trick will bring out youthful skin and begin to get you ready for your flawless makeup application during the weekend. You can apply a cream like the decadent Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Face Mask, or you can opt for simple, quick, cost effective option like the Sephora Collection Honey Mask. Both options work and create a healthy looking result instantly.

2 DAYS BEFORE: Exfoliate your body from head to toe. There’s no better way to bring out amazing healthy skin than to get rid of all the dead skin cells and wake your pores up! My favorite body scrub that I bring out specifically before special occasions is Lalicious Sugar Lemon Blossom Sugar Scrub. This scrub makes my day! The mix of oils leave my skin feeling super soft to the touch. When followed by your favorite moisturizer, you’ll have baby soft skin!

1 DAY BEFORE: It’s mani/pedi day! Well manicured hands and feet not only look great but add to a clean, groomed, healthy body. Even if your feet will be covered, the benefits of a pedicure help make your steps over the weekend feel great. A pedicure provides circulation in the feet that pumps blood to the heart. You feel good, you look good! My go to polish is any shade of red. Red is sexy, feminine and looks good on every woman.
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THE DAY OF: A positive way to start this day is by taking a moment to meditate and clear your mind of all the noise from the week. Stress shows. Relieve yourself of daily stresses and shine through. If you have an evening event, lay out your outfit, get your makeup ready for a flawless application.

You made it! 5 days of healthy skin practices went by and now it’s time to show that beautiful healthy skin off! You’ve just prepared yourself for a gorgeous, youthful glow that will have people staring! Your skin is soft, radiant, and healthy. You’re ready for a flawless makeup application and I promise you will shine. On this day you hit your finishing touches and you show off your hard work! What ways during the week do you prepare yourself to have an enjoyable weekend that involves not only beauty, but positivity?

xo IKA


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