6 Tips For Glowing Skin |Skin Prep For Your Wedding Day

Everyone wants clear, glowing skin, regardless of whether they’re getting married. With the thought of all eyes on you and pictures being taken that are to be cherished forever, it’s not surprising that some women get into a bit of a panic about their wedding day skin prep. Fortunately, just a few simple tweaks to your routine before the big day approaches is enough to make a big difference.  We’d recommend getting into these habits at least 2-3 months before your wedding, but the longer you can do it, the better.

Check Your Diet…

…Alcohol, caffeine, sugar and processed foods are not your friends.  They cause dehydration and spots by decreasing the body’s level of vitamin A, which is a powerful antioxidant and can make it hard for your skin to fight off free radicals, which can do damage to the lipid layer (a.k.a., the moisture center) and dry out your skin. If your skin is dehydrated, makeup can go crusty which looks even worse when trying to cover up a blemish. The best thing you can do for your skin is to cut down (or cut out if you’re really hardcore!) on these things and you will see a marked improvement.

 

Up Your Water Intake…

…Like any other part of your body, your skin is an organ made up of cells, which are made up of water. Without water, the organs will not function properly. If your skin is not getting the sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry and flaky. Water is lost through the body every day so it needs to be replaced.  Drinking 8 or more glasses of water a day will really make a difference. The easiest way to do this is to drink a big glass of water first thing in the morning, keep a big bottle at your desk as you work throughout the day and drink a couple of glasses in the evening.  You can also add water to the skin to improve your moisture levels by applying a product containing hyaluronic acid prior to your moisturiser. Hyaluronic acid holds 1,000 times its own weight in water, attracting water to the skin and holding it there. I love The Ordinary 2% Hyaluronic Acid as it costs less than £6 and works just as well as products with added zeros to the price!

Cleanse Your Skin – PROPERLY!…

…You don’t need to buy an expensive cleanser, you just need to make sure you cleanse properly.  A quick tug around your face with a wet wipe won’t suffice.  You need to make sure you remove all traces of makeup, SPF, and dirt from your face morning and evening.  Using a clean flannel (these are so cheap you can get loads and have a clean fresh one every day) means you get an added bonus of a gentle exfoliation without the harshness of a face scrub. See our post about cleansing with a facial loofah here.

Consider Acid…

…Acids sound scary but they really aren’t.  Facial Toners and serums with Glycolic Acid in low doses can be used as a weekly or daily exfoliator (depending on skin sensitivity) and can improve the condition of the skin by balancing the acid mantle and providing an even and deep exfoliation. They also help to increase the turnover of cells, which leaves skin looking fresh, glowing and healthy. Skincare Queen, Caroline Hirons has lots of information on her blog about using acids and which work well for who. Personally, I love Alpha H Liquid Gold and the Pixi Glow Tonic.

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Use SPFs…

… We’re in 2017 now and shouldn’t need to tell you about the dangers of sun exposure on the skin. Wear sunscreen every single day. End of Story.  I get quite concerned by people (on blogs, YouTube, and social media) worrying about flashback from a camera with SPF (a white, ghost-like glow which can make people look pale in photos).  Unless you’re being papped, us “regular” people do not need to worry about this day- to -day. And for any Brides to be getting married in the summer, SPF in your foundation will be okay.  Very few foundations these days cause flashback and your wedding photographer is going to be shooting the majority of the day in natural light without the need for a Mega Watt paparazzi flash.  You’re safe.  And think how much worse your pics would be if you were the colour of a lobster!

Think About Professional Help…

It goes without saying that for any major concerns it’s worth seeing a Dermatologist and seeking help.  But for everyday niggles we all face, monthly facials in the lead up to your big day can make a big difference and your therapist can recommend and tailor the treatment to your needs – helping with dehydration, breakouts, fine lines and general skin health. I had a series of microdermabrasion before my big day and it made a big difference in the appearance of my skin and it’s smoothness. Another option is to book a spa day, maybe as part of a hen do, as a way to relax, unwind and beautify yourself ahead of the big day.  Check out our recent spa review here. 

 

Whisper and BlushPlease feel free to share your top tips

Melissa xx

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