As a Make up Artist, my number 1 recommendation is to get your skin looking the best it possibly can for your wedding. Yes good make up with a professional application helps but looking after your skin prior to the big day will make a huge impact on how you look and feel when the special day comes around.
Here's my quick guide to getting your skin in tip-top shape....
Water, water and more water - your skin is your largest organ on your body which is primarily made up of water. Naturally the more hydrated you are, the better you feel and your skin will look. Drinking water flushes out the toxins from your body which ultimately means it will cause fewer breakouts and your skin will look more plump and youthful. Aim for at least 8 glasses of water a day
A good diet - having a good diet is vital if you want good skin. Ever heard the expression 'You are what you eat?' Well, this couldn't be truer. You've heard it all before I know but you really must make sure you eat your five a day. Fruit and vegetables contain powerful antioxidants that help to protect skin from cellular damage. Blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, oranges and sweet potato are high in vitamin C which will increase collagen production. Almonds, Avocado, hazelnuts and pine nuts are high in vitamin E which supports healthy skin growth and make sure you’re getting enough omega 3 which can be found in oily fish, flaxseeds, walnuts and leafy greens. Omega 3 helps reduce the body's production of inflammatory compounds which basically means it will help reduce the ageing process.
If you're like me and often short on time or you struggle to know what to cook each week I'd highly recommend checking out Mindful Chef (a recipe box company) that delivers you a weekly box of ingredients and menus for you to cook delicious, super healthy meals that are free from gluten, refined sugars and refined carbohydrates.
I'd also recommend adding a daily spoonful of Arbonne's Greens Balance to a protein shake or water which includes alkaline-forming fruits and vegetables, delivering antioxidants, phytonutrients and the fibre you need to have a more balanced, healthier diet.
Exercise! - love it or hate it but it's a fact that exercise is great for your skin as it improves the circulation which will help you get that healthy glow we all want. Working out will also help to improve stress levels, which are a contributing factor to acne and eczema. Find something you enjoy doing, there are so many different options to choose from these days. I must admit I'm a big fan of HITT workouts. 30 minutes and I'm done, check out The Body Coach for inspiration. No need to pay for a gym or use any equipment. Now you really don't have any excuses!!
Last but definitely not least, have a good skincare routine. A good skincare routine is really important and will knock years off you in the future. Firstly make sure you know your skin type (oily, dry, combination or normal) to ensure you get the right products for your skin. I use Arbonne skincare as their products are botanical based and free from nasty chemicals like parabens and mineral oil. Plus they actually work! I’ve noticed a big difference in mine and my client’s skin after using their products.
Make sure you cleanse morning and night. Your skin is exposed to so much pollution and dirt throughout the day. A good cleanser will ensure your skin is completely clean and your pores are unclogged. Personally, I think a face wash cleanser cleans your skin much better.
A toner hydrates and improves the skins surface whilst delivering antioxidants and firming the skin.
A serum delivers powerful, highly concentrated ingredients that penetrate deeper into the skin. Serums will fight the signs of ageing and will reduce the appearance of fine lines. Look with a serum that’s high in vitamin C as this increases collagen production and enhances the skin repair process.
Using an eye cream morning and night will help to reduce puffiness, dark circles and fine lines around your eye area. Your eye area does not contain an oil gland to keep that area moist hence why it’s important to use one. You only need a grain of rice size of the product for both eyes - use around the eye and above the eye up to the brow bone area. It’s important to be gentle around your eyes as this is where your thinnest layer of skin is. That’s why it’s not recommended to use a moisturiser around your eyes as this will be too heavy for that area of your face. Plus an eye cream is specifically designed for application around the eyes where you are most delicate.
Lastly, use a moisturiser (a day one and a night one). I’d recommend that your day moisturiser has an SPF in (we may not get the best weather in England) but your skin will still daily be exposed to harmful UV rays and not only with that age you it will cause skin damage too. The reason you should use a night cream is when you go to sleep this is when your skin will go through the majority of its repairing and regenerating, that’s why a night cream is usually thicker in texture to keep your skin nourished, hydrated, boost collagen and ultimately reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Feel free to contact me on my contact page for a complimentary skin consultation.