Every bride wants to glow on their wedding day so as soon as he puts a ring on it, you’re counting down to perfect wedding day skin.
So much of how we look on the outside is a direct result of what we put on the inside so diet and food intake are just as important as your actual skincare regime. You are what you eat is so true when it comes to skincare so check out our handy diet tips to achieve perfect skin your friends will envy.
Here are 10 things you can do to make sure your skin is healthy and glowing on the big day..
Skin Care Tips
The earlier you start your skincare regime the better. We recommend up to year in advance of your wedding day if possible, but if that’s not achievable then start as soon as you can.
If you regularly see a beautician for facials and other skincare treatments, ask for their advice so that you can start putting this into practice at the earliest opportunity. They will help you to establish the best products for your skin type and when you’ve found products that suit you, stick with them.
Book regular facials
Start a regime of regular facials in the run up to your wedding. This will ensure that your skin is clean from any dirt in the pores and will look and feel as healthy as possible. There are many benefits to having a professional facial. They will provide you with a deep exfoliation of your skin as well as manual removal of blackheads to ensure you have the smoothest skin possible. Furthermore an expert will be able to identify any problems or changes in your skin so that you really will be able to achieve skin-deep beauty.
Speak to your beautician about the best type of facials to suit your skin and enjoy the excuse for some additional pampering!
Use a deep cleansing mask
If you don’t already, make a deep cleansing mask part of your beauty regime, once a week. Again, you can speak to your beautician about the best type of mask to use for your skin type. Face masks enhance your daily skincare routine helping to hydrate skin, remove excess oil and improve the overall appearance of your skin.
It’s another excuse to pamper yourself; run a hot bath, light some candles, apply the mask, lie back and relax.
Wash your makeup brushes
You wouldn’t rub a cloth in the dirt and smear it on your face, yet we’re all guilty of repeatedly using dirty makeup brushes. Makeup brushes are a breeding ground for germs and bacteria so it’s really important to wash them regularly. Wash them with shampoo then hang them upside down to try. You’ll get much a much truer colour from your makeup if the brushes are clean. I would recommend doing this at least once every month, if not more.
Wash your face with your hands
Like makeup brushes, face cloths are an obvious way to transfer bacteria and germs onto your facial skin. The healthiest way to clean your face is with your hands, but just make sure that you wash your hands first. You will feel instantly refreshed and it will help your skin to achieve that all-important glow.
Diet and Food Tips
Eat your five-a-day
The government recommendation to eat five pieces of fruit and vegetables a day is there for many reasons and it will benefit your skin as much as anything else. Eating lots of healthy fruit and vegetables will help to protect your skin from free radicals that can cause long-lasting damage. Free radicals are caused by pollution, smoking and sunlight and contribute to wrinkling and age spots. A healthy diet packed with fruit and veg is one of the best ways to achieve that gorgeous glow from the inside out.
Get fishy with Omega-3 and 6
Omega-3 and omega-6 fats are really good for your skin health and because the body doesn’t produce them naturally, they have to be obtained through your diet. Oily fish, such as mackerel and kippers are fantastic sources of omega-3 as are flaxseed oil, linseeds, walnut oil and rapeseed oil and will help to prevent inflammatory skin conditions. Omega-6 is obtained from chicken, eggs, nuts, cereals and vegetable oils so ensure your diet is rich in these.
Yes, we said fabulous! Remember that some fats, such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated are good for you and will help to moisturise your skin, so don’t be afraid to include them in your diet. These types of fat can be found in delicious avocados, fish, nuts and seeds. Furthermore, they are rich in vitamin E, which will also help to prevent against damage from free radicals.
Selenium for skin
Selenium is an amazing antioxidant that helps to neutralise free radicals and works alongside other antioxidants such as vitamin C and vitamin E to contribute to healthy-looking skin. Studies have shown that it can help to prevent skin cancer, sun damage and age spots. Eating just four brazil nuts per day will give you the recommended daily amount (RDA). Other good foods include broccoli, eggs, fish, shellfish and tomatoes.
Happiness with H20
Like any other cell in the body, skin cells are made from water and need water to stay healthy and vital. Any level of dehydration, from mild to moderate, will start to have a noticeable effect on your skin, making it look tired and sallow. Limit your alcohol intake as this will have a negative effect on all your hard work, causing your skin to become dehydrated and dry. Instead, try to drink at least eight glasses of water every day to get rid of unpleasant toxins and keep your skin and body health, happy and hydrated.
Set yourself the skin health challenge. You might not tick 10 out of 10 on our checklist but by making a few simple changes to your skincare regime and diet, you’ll soon start to notice the difference to your skin and you’ll be one step close to achieving that perfect glow for your big day.