Traditionally, the ‘wedding season’ is between late May and September with the most popular months being (the often sunnier) July & August.
As all skin experts will tell you, preparations should begin at least 6 months in advance, but, with lockdown in full swing, it has affected our way of living and for some it’s meant wedding season has been postponed.
But it’s not all doom and gloom, use this time to not only focus on inner wellbeing but your outer glow, after-all, your wedding day will come eventually and you’ll want your skin to be perfect!
Relax, we’re bringing you back to basics. We’ve put together our top tips to ensure your skin is wedding-ready, whether you’re the Bride, Groom, or guest!
Treat your skin from within
It’s plain & simple, and we’re certain you’ve heard it all before; eat your greens and drink a minimum of 2 litres of water per day to stay hydrated. Whilst it’s obvious to eat right and keep fit to maintain a healthy body, did you know the impact this has on your skin? Aside from a good skincare routine, leading a healthy lifestyle will make you glow, inside-out! For a last-minute detox, drink 2-4 cups of green tea per day, it’s anti-oxidant properties will work to flush out toxins and reduce inflammation allowing the skin to appear clear and fresh.
Get your beauty sleep
With so many of us out of ‘normal’ routine, sleeping has become a challenge in itself but it’s important to remember how beneficial proper sleep (before 12am) truly is. As we reach the evening, the skin’s repair mechanisms kick in. Stem Cells in the epidermis reproduce mainly at night and these are responsible for creating new skin cells, replacing the old ones and helping to reduce the appearance of ageing.
It occurs at this time, as the process is less likely to be interrupted compared to during the day. Interestingly, most women rate their skin at its best in the morning, which could be down to production of news cells overnight. It’s important to note that this natural process works best when the skin can breathe, so always ensure you go to bed with a clean face!
Take scrubbing seriously
Using an exfoliator twice per week will rid the build-up of dead cells that lay upon the skins surface. Practicing this regime also means that all other skincare products are easily absorbed and able to work efficiently. Not to mention the skin appears smoother and brighter & make-up application is simply the dream!
SPF ALL YEAR ROUND but most definitely, NOW!
We can’t stress enough how important it is to care for your skin by protecting with an efficient SPF, here’s a few QUICK things to bare in mind as we welcome more sunshine:
- Water & Sweat Resistant: A water resistant sunscreen will adhere to the skin if you’re in and out of a hot tub or simply playing in the water with the kids, but bear in mind, ALL sunscreens need to be reapplied frequently.
- Active Ingredients: Look for anything with the words: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and These ingredients are designed to absorb or reflect rays. Some sunscreens do not include any of these substances, instead they’re packed with elements to ensure the sunscreen smells nice and feels luxurious – although that’s great, it’s not protecting the skin.
- Broad Spectrum: When purchasing sunscreen, attempt to find a product that has this on. It guarantees a shield from UVA and UVB rays. This is the highest quality protection.
- Expiry Dates: They matter. It’s great to be organised and purchase your sunscreen the year before, but they do have expiry dates and will not work efficiently after they expire.
Get your vitamins!
It’s the prefect time to experiment and discover what works best for you and your skin. So, just like we benefit from oral vitamins, our skin appreciates the gesture too! Vitamins can be found in various types of skincare products but for them to truly have an effect, find them in products that are meant to last and not be washed off.
Found in forms of Retinol, Retinal and Retinoic Acid to encourage healthy cell and collagen production. Vitamin A also stimulates fibroblasts to ensure skin is firm, fine lines are smoothed and dark spots are faded. Combining Vitamin, A and Vitamin C products together into your skin care regime delivers an even more perfected complexion.
Also, known as ‘Niacinamide’ its’ main role is to improve skin moisture and prevent Transepidermal Water Loss (TEWL). As well as this, it is proven to aid in the improvement of skin ageing and collagen production. Products that contain Vitamin B3 have been shown to significantly reduce age spots and some sun damage.
Vitamin B5 or Pantothenic Acid; is deeply hydrating and ensures skin moisture is maintained, the surface is soft to the touch and has a healthy appearance. But this Vitamin goes beyond its role as a moisturiser as it acts as a skin healer; soothing irritated or itchy skin.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant and works to neutralize free-radicals. As well as reducing pigmentation, Vitamin C is relied upon for its’ anti-ageing properties – it boosts collagen production which ultimately leaves the skin looking firmer and more radiant. Not to mention it’s super anti-inflammatory power too; acne and rosacea sufferers claim their skin is calmer after using a Vitamin C derivative.
Often referred to by its’ formal name; Tocopherol has a very beneficial effect at assisting in the prevention of premature ageing. As well as protecting skin from environmental damage and free-radical harm, it’s also extremely moisturising also helping to prevent TEWL.
This Vitamin has brilliant healing properties and is often used on patients that have undergone surgery to help to reduce swelling and bruising. Vitamin D is said to assist in reducing under-eye circles, minimise the appearance of stretch marks, scarring and scars.
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By HC MedSpa
14th May 2020