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Look Your Best for This Year's Holiday Party - A Week-by-Week Beauty Guide

Look Your Best for This Year's Holiday Party - A Week-by-Week Beauty Guide

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The holidays are a busy time of year for most Americans. Fraught with gift buying, cookie baking, and holiday decorating, the month of December is often an all too frenzied one. Yet, in the midst of the chaos, many of us find time in our busy schedules to attend holiday events.

From black-tie engagements to tree-trimming parties, holiday fetes are the most celebrated occasions of the holiday season. But before we catch up with friends and family – many of whom we haven't seen all year – we all want to make sure we look our absolute best.

And you can achieve smoother skin, a brighter smile, and a slimmer physique by holiday party season. Just read DocShop's week-by-week beauty guide to find out how to look fabulous at your holiday event.

Four Weeks before the Fete

Get Your Fitness Regimen on Track

Admit it, you've been slacking on your diet and exercise routine lately. Before resigning yourself to giving up on it completely and gaining a few pounds of holiday weight, take control or your health! You can enjoy a hearty holiday meal or two, but you need to make healthy choices otherwise. Regular meals should be low in calories and fat, and one hour of cardio, five days a week, will help to burn off the extra treats you consume during the holiday season.

Focus on Skin Care

Clear, beautiful skin can make you feel gorgeous from head to toe. If you have four weeks until your big holiday event, you have plenty of time to get your skin in its best possible condition. The first step you need to take is to assess your skin to determine which areas need improvement – and why. Then, focus your daily skin care routine toward addressing those flaws. From wrinkles, to age spots, to acne, there are various products and procedures available to rejuvenate and clear facial skin. Make sure you are using the skin care products that are right for you, drink plenty of water, and schedule an appointment for a professional facial treatment for two weeks before your big event.

Prepare to Say "Cheese!"

There's probably no better time of year to brighten your smile than during the holiday season, if only because friends and family are constantly snapping photos of you or recording your every move on video. And let's face it, there is no shortage of tooth whitening options available today. Dentists offer in-office and at-home professional whitening treatments that can lighten the teeth up to several shades. At-home toothpastes, strips, gels, gums, and other products can be purchased at drugstores, but have a less dramatic effect than more expensive professional treatments. Whichever option you decide to use, most whitening treatments can be completed within a few weeks' time.

Two Weeks before the Event

Undergo a Facial Treatment

You've been avidly following your new skin care routine for two weeks now; your skin should be cleared and prepped for a penetrating facial treatment that can more aggressively address your skin problems. Chemical peels, laser skin tightening, microdermabrasion, and pore-cleansing facials can be effective in treating skin flaws such as sun spots, fine lines, and acne. Scheduling your facial treatment two weeks before your fete will provide enough time for your skin to heal, so that it will look more radiant than ever on the day of your event.

One Week before the Affair

All-Over Hair Care

Your skin care, diet, and exercise routines have been in full effect for three weeks now. You are even starting to see the results of your hard work – and you're more than ready for a little self-indulgence. Instead of giving in to those cookie-cravings, treat yourself to a luxurious hair appointment at your local day spa. Highlighting, coloring, or cutting those tired tresses can go a long way toward improving the way you look and feel. And giving yourself a week to grow into the cut will only give you an extra boost of confidence.

Unwanted hair on the upper lip or chin, between the eyebrows, or in some other conspicuous place can be removed before your holiday party. Whether you wax or decide to go for more permanent results with laser hair removal, bumps, swelling, and redness will have time to dissipate within a week's time.

Two Days before the Party

Glamorize Your Hands and Feet

A mani and pedi will help any female to look and feel more beautiful. And what better time of year to sport vibrant red nails than during the holiday season?

Body Polish – Scrub and Glow

There's nothing better than going on a tropical vacation during the cold winter months. But if you can't fit in an exotic week away this holiday season, you can still look like you did. Just undergo a body scrub or microdermabrasion treatment to slough away those dried, dead skin cells weighing you down. Then hit your local tanning salon for a spray tan so you can arrive at your holiday fete looking bronzed and refreshed.

The Day of the Event

Sleep

Nothing can ruin all the preparation you've put in this month more than not getting an adequate amount of sleep the night before your big event. Try to get at least eight hours of sleep the night before the party so you are well rested.

Drink Plenty of Water

Drinking a lot of water can improve your appearance by preventing dark circles and hydrating the skin. It can also help your stomach feel fuller so you don't eat more than you want. An added benefit – it will help you from getting dehydrated if you've had a little too much mulled wine or eggnog.

Wear Something You Feel Great In

Don't bust your confidence after putting all of this effort into your holiday look by wearing an outfit you don't feel comfortable in. If you decide to buy a new holiday dress or pants and blouse, go with a color and fit that you know works for you. Don't settle for something you feel less than stellar in because it's all you can find or afford. If it doesn't feel right, you're better off wearing one of the treasures from your own closet. And who knows, maybe your skinny pants will fit!

Don't Forget to Have a Good Time!

Your skin is in better condition than it has been in years. Your hair looks amazing. You've lost eight pounds, and your holiday dress fits you perfectly. Now, the only thing left to do is to have a fabulous time!

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