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7 Tips to Get a Step Ahead for Prom

04/21/2016 01:30 ● Published by Family Features

Prom is one of the most unforgettable moments of high school and an event that is looked forward to with excitement. What is there not to enjoy about getting all dolled up and spending a memorable night dancing and having a good time with your friends?

However, there's a lot of advanced planning that goes into looking your best and feeling confident, such as finding the right outfit, gathering a group, making sure your hair and teeth are in perfect condition and prepping acne-prone skin. These advance planning tips can help make your preparation stress free so you can enjoy the big night without a care in the world except what song to request at the DJ booth.

Pick the Perfect Attire. Selecting your dress or tux is one of the most fun yet stressful parts of prom planning. There are endless colors and styles to choose from, so it's best to visit several shops to try on different looks and browse online for inspiration. Then add details, such as jewelry, that accent your style to complete the ensemble and decide if you and your date want to don matching colors or accessories.

Get Glowing Skin. Acne is always difficult to deal with and can pop up at the most unwanted times, which becomes more of a concern during prom season. To help teens plan ahead, OXY acne medication launched a 28-Day Challenge to provide accurate and realistic tools to clear acne-prone skin through a personalized, dermatologist-approved skin care regimen. The free smartphone app features daily tips and alerts along with the ability to take pictures throughout to track progress. More information about the challenge and app can be found at Oxy28daychallenge.com.

Figure Out the Logistics. Decide who to go with and build a group to have dinner with before the dance and hang out with afterward. Once your group is set, begin planning the more intricate details, such as transportation, dinner reservations, when and where you will all take pre-prom photos and what you want to do after you've danced to your heart's content.

Order the Flowers. Giving your date a boutonniere or corsage to wear to a formal dance is customary. Call a flower shop and choose the flowers you want included on the boutonniere you'll pin to his tux or corsage you'll place around her wrist. Ask for it to be ready the morning of prom so the flowers will be as fresh as possible.

Whiten Your Smile. Your teeth are delicate and important, so take your time in using whitening strips or a whitening kit to brighten your smile. Or, if you'd rather not deal with a drawn out process or time is of the essence, try to schedule an appointment to have your teeth professionally whitened.

Take Care of Your Hair. If you're planning on getting your hair cut or styled prior to the big night, make sure to make an appointment in advance. If not, you can find inspiration for DIY hairstyles online and practice the looks by yourself or with a friend.

Pack the Essentials. Pack a bag of items to bring with you that you may need at dinner or for any after-prom plans. Make sure to pack essentials, such as tickets, keys, money, your cell phone (and charger), and items for touch-ups, like lipstick, perfume or cologne, a comb or brush, OXY Rapid Spot Treatment and extra bobby pins. If you're staying somewhere overnight, grab a change of clothes, toiletries and a hanger for your prom attire.

Now that you have a plan in place and all of your hard work has paid off, relax and enjoy making a night's worth of memories that will last a lifetime.

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