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Prepping skin for the big day

By lanad88

I thought, seeing as this was my most hit blog on the old blog, i would transfer it over here. It is a good post, definitely take read 🙂

Every bride wants to look beautiful and radiant, and although I can definitely hide those blemishes, nothing beats having beautiful, glowing looking skin for the big day. There are many ways to achieve this 

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NOTE: it is important to start thinking about your skin at least 3 or 4 months in advance of your wedding.

Eat healthy foods
Eating healthy nutrient rich food makes a huge difference. Eating loads of fruits and vegetables, and foods which are high in anti-oxidants – like berries, nuts and legumes – help to repair your skin. Avoid foods high in salt and sugar, as well as alcohol (making an exception for your stagette, of course!). It is also a good idea to take a multi vitamin on a daily basis.

Drink lots of H2OThis 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.

Exercise
Daily exercise is really important. The increase in circulation keeps your skin looking radiant (not to mention your body in shape!)

Sleep well
Your skin rejuvenates while you sleep. If you are not getting enough sleep, it will show on your skin! Try to get 8 hours of sleep a night, if at all possible….this is an exciting time…but you must try 😉

Develop a strict skin care regime
It is so important to cleanse, tone, and moisturise twice daily (in the morning, and in the evening). You don’t have to use expensive products. The main thing is that your skin is clean. Never go to bed with makeup still on your face!!! This is a big no-no! Your skin needs to breath, particularly when you sleep, so even if you are extremely tired, wipe off the eye-makeup and cleanse the skin before bed. If you really have no energy, invest in a packet of makeup remover towelettes from the supermarket and use those to clean your face after a late night. Again, it’s better than nothing!
It is important to GENTLY remove your eye makeup. You can use an eye-makeup remover for this. Little sneaky trick which is do is get a few drops of EVOO (extra virgrin olive oil) and remove eye make it….it literally comes off in one sweep, then wash off….If you have any questions on what type of skin care regime you should be using please feel free to contact me for a skin analysis.

Exfoliate at least twice a week
It is important to exfoliate at least once or twice a week. Micro-dermabrasion is very effective, and these days you can buy at-home kits relatively cheap. Remember to always do a patch test first and always follow with a good moisturiser/ emollient.  If you have a bit more money to spend, professional micro-dermabrasion might be a good idea.

Use an eye crème
It is important to use an eye crème with your daily skin care regime. For those with puffy eyes, try using an eye gel. Cucumbers work well too, and there is that new brand “say yes to cucumbers” at shoppers drugmart

Acne
It is so much better to flush out your skin of acne, rather than suppress it. 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 Pro-activ, make sure you do a patch test 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 your acne is severe, see a dermatologist at least 6 months before your wedding to enable time to treat the problem.

Facials
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! Some people react terribly to facials (especially those with acne problems). However, then there are some people who say the results are fantastic! I wouldnt risk it though.

Use a sunscreen
Apply sunscreen to your face and neck daily. Many moisturisers and day crèmes come with an in-built sunscreen, which is useful, like neutrogena which i love!
Sun exposure can be harmful to your skin – even in the winter there is still sun, so avoid long periods unprotected, and also avoid tanning. If you are having an airbrush tan it is important to have a ‘trial’ at least a month before your wedding. 

Good luck with your skin preparation, and remember if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, i am more than  happy to help and make you feel the VERY best you can possibly feel on your special day 😀

xo Lana

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