woman massages her face with jade roller
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You have probably heard that the biggest organ of our body is our skin. On average, the surface area of a human's skin is between 1.5–2.0 square meters, and this is a mind-blowing fact! Skin is a barrier between the environment that surrounds us and the internal organs of the body. Therefore, it requires a lot of care and attention, as it carries out such an important function.

Various external factors such as mechanical damage, sun damage, pollution, and internal factors like hormonal changes and aging put our skin through a lot of stress. Add a lack of hydration and poor nutrition to all of this, and you'll cause irreversible damage to the skin. Thankfully, we live in a wonderful time and have a lot of different tools, ingredients, and treatments that allow us to both prevent skin damage and repair it. And here are five simple steps to do so.

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Step 1 | Lymphatic Drainage 

The very first step is to drain all the puffiness and trapped liquid out of your tissues. And, one of the best ways to do so is to do a special type of therapy, called lymphatic drainage facial. It is usually done by professionals, but you can hold a low-key massaging session yourself. This facial treatment will drastically reduce skin puffiness, redness, and even promote better blood circulation for a refreshed face. 

Step 2 | Reduce Inflammation

The cold must follow right after you apply heat to your skin. Hot and cold therapy is an excellent way to calm the skin inflammations, tighten and brighten up your facial skin. It also has a powerful anti-aging effect on your skin. When done regularly, hot and cold skin therapy strengthens up the immune system, promoting growth and repair of the skin cells.

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  • Chill your skin with cryotherapy:

Cryotherapy is a facial procedure that involves having liquid nitrogen evenly spread all over your face. Such a facial instantly shrinks enlarged pores, soothes, and refreshes your skin. The procedure will take only 2 to 3 minutes of your time, and is considered to be safer and gentler to the skin, compared to chemical peels and mechanical exfoliators.

  • Or DIY ice cube facial:

If cryo facial isn't available for you, you can DIY this cold and hot procedure yourself. Freeze a few chamomile or cucumber ice cubes and use them on your skin right after the hot shower. Cold face roller or a few minutes of the cold shower are going to be a great alternative to professional cryotherapy as well.

Step 3 | Hydration & Nourishment

All facials and skincare procedures are going to leave your skin thirsty. That's when deep hydration and proper skin nourishment should follow. Skin serums induced with vitamins, creams, beauty oils, and toners are going to rejuvenate the skin, lock moisture in, and calm down irritated skin. Choose skincare products that are high in antioxidants, they will prevent skin stress and speed up the recovery process.

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Step 4 | Microcurrent Workout

Your facial muscles need a regular workout just like any other muscle in the body. Microcurrent technology, which has been used since 1980, is going to non-invasively stimulate your facial muscles, tightening, and toning them up. The microcurrent facial is completely painless and can be done by a professional esthetician, or at home, with the help of a portative microcurrent device. A long-term microcurrent treatment not only stimulates your facial muscles, but can also reduce the appearance of fine lines, and wrinkles, without harming your muscles and skin. 

Step 5 | LED Light Facial

And, lastly, a few words about the LED light facial. It uses a variety of wavelengths of light, including red and blue light, but does not use ultraviolet rays. Blue light is known to heal damaged skin, suppress levels of cortisol, and treat acne, while red light is used for anti-aging properties. The whole procedure is going to take up to 30 minutes, and you’ll need a few LED light sessions to see the first results.


woman wearing black bridal dress posing on a coast

White is undoubtedly one of the most versatile colors. It fits absolutely anyone and can be combined with so many other colors in one beautiful ensemble. You can't go wrong choosing white, especially when it comes to a wedding dress. Yet, there is another trusty color that works just as great as white. Can you already guess what color I am talking about? Let's face it, the black is always the new black nothing can substitute for its elegance. Moreover, you can always rely on this color or its absence if you prefer to call it this way.

So, if your nocturnal instincts push you towards the dark side, or you plan to have a themed wedding ceremony then my today's post is for you. Here are some of my favorite black bridal dresses from elegant lace ornaments and bohemian wedding dresses to voluminous Victorian-inspired ensembles. And which one is your personal favorite?

gorgeous black mermaid bridal dresss

1. Dark Mermaid

Let's begin with the open-back black mermaid dress. It has sleek lace-covered sleeves and a long tail-like skirt. This dress is going to look fascinating on an hourglass figure highlighting curves and waistline. Nocturnal brides who love simple silhouettes and lace will adore this wedding dress.

woman in black bridal chiffon dress is posing on the snow

2. Odile from Swan Lake

Odile is the secondary antagonist in the Swan Lake ballet. Her dark entity inspired me to pick up this gorgeous black bridal dress with a voluminous chiffon gown. The top part features a deep-v-neck neckline under the thinnest coat of intricate lace. Looking stunning and radiates an edgy vibe.

woman is posing on a beach, wearing a black, boho-inspired bridal dress.

3. Moody Boho

The next dress you'll want to wear even after the wedding ceremony, as it is a very wearable, boho-inspired ensemble. It is going to be perfect for the beach wedding ceremony, and after, you can wear it casually or revamp it for a night out.

woman in black bridal dress with flower crown on her head is posing in a field.

4. Beauty in Modesty

This floor-length, draped gown is an ideal choice for the beginning of the spring or the fall time. Its modest silhouette and lace-covered sleeves are ideal for romantic brides. And the black color makes the dress versatile for various wedding themes.

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5. Gothic Princess

Moody, and dark, this dress is made for a sad Gothic princess who enters a dreamy and obscure dream wedding. This black gown needs nothing to make your dark look complete. It is obsolete in its simplicity. Loose hair and smokey eye makeup are going to be your best friends for this dress. And, for the comfortable ceremony, opt-out for a pair of flats.

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6. Free-spirited Energy

Another perfect option for an outdoor wedding ceremony. This deep-v-neck black wedding dress is covered in tassels and has a loose cut. Exactly what you need if you aim for an ethnic vibe for your ceremony. When I see this dress, I imagine a private wedding somewhere in the middle of an immense grassland.

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7. Gothic Sweetheart

The sweetheart neckline is one of the most delicate and the most popular choices for a wedding dress. It elongates the neck, accentuates the d├ęcolletage area. Combine it with a billowing tulle gown and a pair of drop earrings. You can also add a baroque necklace to your neck as a final Gothic touch.

woman wearing a black, gothic gown is posing in the field

8. The Black Queen

If the Gothic Princess wears a black tulle gown that looks like cotton candy, then The Black Queen rocks a full Victorian attire for her wedding. The boat shoulder neckline is covered in retro lace, Juliet sleeves, royal embroidery all over the gown, and, of course, a layered mantle that completes the look. Such an ensemble will fit a wintery fairytale wedding.

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9. Dark Elegancy

If you always wanted to wear a big, fluffy dress for your wedding but also wanted it to look "alternative", then you will definitely like the next dress. It combines all of the classic elements like a sweetheart bodice and fluffy skirt. Still, the pitch-black color makes this dress look edgy enough for a Gothic-inspired wedding.

a qoman in a black wedding dres is posing on a coast

10. Gloomy Fairytale

And the final dark beauty is an a-line dress with a 3-d floral lace and a bateau neckline. If Disney's Maleficent planned a glamorous wedding, she would go for this black bridal dress without any doubt. My favorite detail is a sexy slit on the side, which allows you to show some skin. A black diadem decorated with raw gems is a mandatory accessory for this dress.


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