7 Complexion Boosting tips For Your Wedding Day
Glowing, flawless, radiant skin is the epitome of health and the question I get asked a lot as a Bridal Makeup Artist is what advice I give to gain a healthier complexion and more hydrated skin for their wedding day. Although I am not a skin expert by any means, but I have done my research for you and also tried most of these myself, so I know they work. These are 7 easy tips to help get you further to the skin you want for your wedding day, not only that but some will help you have more energy, feel less stressed and bring on a sense of calm hopefully enabling you to actually enjoy the final few months of wedding planning process!
1) Drink plenty of water
One of the biggest differences I have noticed on the wedding morning with skin is if the bride has been drinking as much water they can in the run up to the wedding. It’s something I notice straight away and comment on because of what a difference it makes. This is one of the easiest things to add into daily routine, however although your skin is made up of 64% water, the water you drink is distributed to all other organs before the skin, so your skin will be the first organ to suffer if you’re a little bit dehydrated. But not drinking enough won’t just make your skin dry and flaky, it can lead to breakouts, too. Dehydrated skin can lead to the overproduction of sebum, leading to clogged pores, blackheads and pimples so In the few months leading up to your wedding, you should aim to drink a minimum of eight glasses of water per day to keep your skin looking bright and radiant.
2) Drink Green Tea daily
Green tea is the healthiest beverage on the planet. That’s a fact! It’s loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body. It’s my holy grail when it comes to optimising healthy skin, in fact there are many health benefits from drinking Green Tea from helping to burn fat and even lowering risk of cancer. Start drinking green tea, preferably every day. Not only can this help with weight loss – alongside a good diet and exercise regime, of course – but many people swear by its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to help brighten the skin and reduce acne.
3) Ditch the wine for greens.
How boring, right? But unfortunately, wine causes the worst dehydration, breaks capillaries and basically robs you of your radiance. To sum up, drinking wine in the excess is one of the worst things for your skin. If it's too hard to part ways with your wine, at least cut back and substitute with liquefied leafy greens which is packed with vitamins especially during the few months leading up to your wedding. It comes as no surprise that Green juice is pretty powerful stuff because it's oxygenating and contains vital minerals to help stimulate the lymphatic system and promote healthier skin. Even one green juice a day will improve your complexion and boost your energy along with many other health benefits too.
4) Eat Better and ditch the junk food
We all know that “we are what we eat” but I can’t tell you how much difference it makes by just adding the right foods into your diet and ditching the junk. I can vouch for this as I went from having acne prone and dull lack lustre skin to clearer, much brighter skin literally within months of changing my diet. Not only will it make you feel better and give you loads of energy in the run up to the wedding but it’s one of the best ways to improve your complexion. What you put into your body has a dramatic impact on the way it looks on the outside, so your wedding diet should be filled with skin-loving nutrients, including:
Omega-3 from fish, nuts and seeds
Antioxidant-rich foods, such as berries, fruits and vegetables
Vitamin C from oranges, broccoli, tomatoes and berries
Vitamin E from spinach, avocado and sweet potatoes
Vitamin A from sweet potatoes, tomatoes, carrots and dark leafy greens
Silica from bananas, oats, wheat and brown rice
By including some of these foods in your daily diet, along with an abundance of fruits and vegetables, you’ll be well on your way to achieving a healthier complexion.
5) Create a skincare routine and really stick to it.
Around a 8 to 12 months before the wedding day you may find it beneficial to visit a dermatologist or a professional who will be able to tailor your products to match your skin concerns. This doesn’t have to be expensive if you shop around for the right brands. I swear by “The Ordinary” and “Face Theory” as they are both extremely affordable and cruelty free.
Healthy diet is paramount without a doubt to gaining the best complexion however without an efficient skincare regime that suits your personal skin type, you may be missing a trick to getting glowing skin pre-wedding. You should look to test out a new regime for at least six months before your wedding date especially for any products which will help to reduce acne and pigmentation so the earlier you start the better
Try to invest in a cleanser, serum and moisturiser that have been formulated for your individual skin type.
For Dry skin - Look for products with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin and ceramides – these will keep your skin hydrated, plump and radiant. Try to avoid any products containing AHAs and alcohol, as these can make your dry skin worse.
For oily skin - Look out for products containing ingredients such as glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, retinol and salicylic acid. These ingredients help to control your skin’s sebum production and keep any shine at bay and are also great for spot prone skin. Ingredients to avoid include any products containing sodium lauryl or oleic acid, as these can increase oil production.
For an extra radiant complexion, it’s worth asking a professional about peels contain concentrated levels of AHAs and BHAs, helping to polish away dead skin cells and assist with cell regeneration for a brighter, more supple complexion. However, if you suffer from sensitive skin, then it might be better to skip this step and I definitely wouldn’t recommend starting these less than 6 months before!
6) Wear a high SPF
If you’re getting married abroad or in the summer then SPF is a no brainer, but most don’t wear a high enough factor. It’s recommended that you should wear at least SPF50 or at least start doing this 4 weeks prior to your wedding day. You know your own skin and how the sun effects it so make sure you are wearing enough SPF and avoid getting tan lines which will be exposed when you have your dress on! Better still, if you want a glow, then fake it. Go somewhere you have been before so you don’t have any nasty reaction to the tan.
And last but least, the best one of all…
We produce the highest amounts of natural HGH (human growth hormone) while we sleep, which is responsible for regenerating and creating new cells of all our body tissues—skin, muscle, hair. When we sleep, it's the only time our brain can repair and re-organise. I don’t need convincing with this one, it’s my most favourite thing to do!