Mardi Gras Makeover – Last minute prep for the Big Parade!

Princess 19 on 2 Mar 2011 at 12:00am

Planning a trip to the Big Easy for Mardi Gras festivities? Interested in some last minute maintenance before you step on that plane? Let’s take a look at some key areas to focus on so you can look and feel your best at the World’s Biggest Party!

Get a Glowing Complexion
The key to getting any work done in a week is “no downtime.” So, why not try a quick resurfacing using a Fraxel laser treatment. Dr. Ava Shamban recently demonstrated the dual fraxel laser treatment on The Doctors. According to Dr. Shamban, “The dual fraxel has 2 wavelengths that treat pigment and wrinkles that appear around your lips.” The laser can also be used on other body parts, but is very popular with face treatments. It can also help with the appearance of scarring, aging, and stretch marks. Your skin will appear softer and smoother in no time. Average cost $2300.
Another quick remedy is using injectable fillers for wrinkles and puffy eyes. Popular choices such as Juvederm or Restylane can also be used to plump up lines around your lips, crows feet, or laugh lines with no downtime. Average cost $700-$800.

Make Your Hair Shine
This quick tip on RealSelf for shiny hair hails from the gorgeous Frieda Pinto of Slumdog Millionaire fame. Use coconut oil! Massage a few drops into your scalp and all the way to the tips. Then, wrap your hair in a towel and let it sit for 2-3 hours. Proceed with a wash. Your hair will be shiny – as well as moisturized. Average cost $15.

Perk Up Your Cleavage
Breasts are an area we tend to ignore, unless we are having a procedure done. But, don’t forget this area – especially if you plan to show off you “assets” (a long-standing tradition at Mardi Gras for the infamous bead acquisition)! First and foremost, exfoliate! Why not try a good body microdermabrasion? A quick home solution is the body It can remove the dead cells in the cleavage area. Next, moisturize and firm with a good bust gel like one from Melvita. If you are going to flaunt them, they might as well be stellar shape! Average cost $32.

The Last Minute Slim Down
Losing a significant amount of weight in a week is frowned upon and certainly not healthy. But, there are some tricks you can use to “appear” or feel slimmer and thus, feel better before throw on parade party dress. Why not try a Body Wrap?  This treatment wraps you in a clay, mineral or herbal paste with bandages or gauze. The objective is to burn body fat and excess water, leaving you inches slimmer.  RealSelf Worth it Rating?  Almost half of the RealSelf community that tried it recommended it.  Apparently, the treatment can be very relaxing. Average cost $200.

Use these tips for your speedy Mardi Gras makeover and you’ll be ready to run through Bourbon Street in your birthday suit! Well, maybe after a few plastic cup cocktails. Mardi Gras starts March 8th. Let the countdown begin!


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