Skin preparation for your Wedding day
Every bride wants a glowing, smooth complexion for her wedding day and even though I can help you achieve this, makeup starts with the foundation of great skin.
One of the most important things you can do in the lead up to your wedding day is to prepare your skin weeks and even months before. To assist you, I have provided tips on how you can achieve this.
Eat healthy foods
Eat fruits and vegetables and foods which are high in anti-oxidants, like berries, nuts and legumes, which help to repair your skin. Avoid foods high in salt and sugar, as well as alcohol (making an exception for your hen’s night, or course!). It is also a good idea to take multi-vitamins on a daily basis.
Drink lots of H2O
This is the most important thing you can do. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Water cleans your skin improving its texture and quality, and eliminates blemishes and imperfections. Also try slices of lemon in your water; this citrus fruit rejuvenates your skin from the inside, enhancing your existing beauty and bringing a natural glow to your skin. Lemon water also flushes out toxins from the body, which results in healthy skin and a glowing complexion.
Daily exercise is really important. The increase in circulation keeps your skin looking radiant (not to mention your body in shape!)
Your skin rejuvenates while you sleep. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, it will unfortunately show on your skin. Try to get between 6 and 8 hours of sleep a night, if at all possible.
Develop a strict skin care regime
Cleanse, tone, and moisturise twice daily (in this order too). Get in the habit of doing this in the morning and again in the evening. I also recommend using a serum a few weeks before the wedding – this is applied after you tone and before your moisturiser.
Use an eye cream
It is important to use an eye cream with your daily skin care regime. Skin around the eyes is much more delicate and thin and needs extra TLC. Gently remove all eye makeup to - use gentle upward and downward strokes when doing this.
Exfoliate at least once a week
Exfoliate at least once a week using a light at-home peel or scrub. Micro-dermabrasion is also very effective, and these days you can buy at-home kits relatively cheap. Remember to always do a patch test first and follow with a good moisturiser. If you have a bit more money to spend, professional micro-dermabrasion is a good idea but make sure to have your last session, at most, a week before the day.
Exfoliate regularly, and start months before your wedding to allow your skin to repair itself in time for the big day. If you are using Acne products like Clearasil or Pro-activ, make sure you do a test patch first and start using the product at least a few months before your wedding in case you have any reactions. These products are really strong, and it’s important to take these precautions.
If you are steadfast about getting a facial before your wedding, remember this - the purpose of a facial is to draw out impurities and often lead to break outs. If you have never had a facial before, please schedule one in at least a few months before your wedding, and get them done regularly right up until the wedding. Do not take a risk by getting a facial done for the first time a week or two before the wedding. Chances are it will not go as planned and you’ll end up with skin you would rather not have on your wedding day.
SunscreenApply sunscreen to your face and neck daily. Try using a multi-functional moisturiser like Estée Lauder: Day Wear Multi Protection Anti-Oxidant Creme which has also an SPF 15. Sun exposure can be harmful to your skin, so avoid long periods in the sun unprotected, and also avoid tanning. If you are using a fake tan or spray on tan it is important to have a ‘trial’ at least a few months before your wedding.