Ask the Expert – Top Tips to Beautiful Bridal Skin
10th January 2018
With all the stress brides (bridesmaids and Mums) have prior to a wedding it’s no wonder your skin reacts. We chat to Amanda Chambers from The Treatment Room by Luminosity about all things skincare in the run-up to the big day and how to prevent the ‘dreaded breakout’ ensuring you have the perfect bridal skin.
Most beauty experts agree that you should start treating your skin three to six months before looking your bridal best – after all, the better your skin is in its natural state, the better your finished look will be and the better you will look in your wedding photos…
Whilst a skin-care routine may sound like high maintenance, in reality it’s easy enough to implement (if you aren’t already doing so). For best results your routine should be performed at least once a day, every day and if you can manage it, twice a day (in the morning and before you go to bed)! The key to your success is to be consistent.
Skincare – it’s not a new concept
Skin care is not a modern phenomenon; Cleopatra’s fondness for bathing in sour milk was an early step in the direction of exfoliation (the lactic acid in the milk works too and Romans? Well, there are documented accounts from Ancient Egypt that suggest Cleopatra, well-known for her anti-aging methods and skincare regime, bathed in sour milk, which is high in lactic acid and has since been proven to be a beneficial skin exfoliant.
Thankfully, the evolution of skincare through the ages has led to the development of many new technologies and products that offer more choice than ever before; despite this, the importance of a good skincare routine is often overlooked or underappreciated. We’ve all heard someone recite that age-old belief; ‘I only ever used soap and water on my skin and it looks fine’, but with the stresses and strains of modern day living and a wedding to plan, this approach to skincare will not protect you against the ever-changing pressures our skin is under and, with time, the effects of this neglect will become very apparent.
It’s all about routine!
Your ritual (cleanse, tone, moisturise) should feature products applied in a specific order allowing you to gain maximum results from their active ingredients:
- Cleansing always comes first; you need to remove oils, dead skin and residual make-up to ensure the rest of the products you use have direct contact with your skin.
- Because skin is naturally acidic with a pH balance of between 5 and 6 (on a scale of 0 – 14) and cleansers tend to be alkaline in content, follow your cleanse with a toner, to restore the skin’s pH balance.
- If you use a prescription cream or lotion, now’s the time to apply it, if not, then complete your routine with a moisturiser and then an eye cream or gel.
Once a week exfoliate which helps to remove unwanted flaky skin and increase new skin cell turnover. Opt for a natural product containing ground apricot kernels, seeds, rice, powder or clay and scrub your skin after cleansing and before toning. Follow up with a facial oil, serum or concentrate (which you can use instead of / in addition to your regular moisturiser) to deliver essential fatty acids and a multitude of vitamins and antioxidants, directly to your skin.
What about products?
Well that’s the routine sorted but what about the products? Be wary of products that seem ‘too good to be true’ because they probably are and be cautious of over priced products or those that make claims they can’t support. Reputable product lines are the best bet and most likely to be both effective and safe. Keep in mind that you’ll enjoy better and longer lasting results when you opt for the entire range and, if using for the first time, that it will take time (up to eight weeks) for those products to really make a difference. If you have any doubts about the most appropriate skin care product, or an over-the-counter product is not getting the job done, book in for a consultation with a professional.
A little Pampering – ahhhh
Speaking of which, you can help ensure your skin looks picture perfect on your wedding day, by scheduling in a series of monthly facials. A course of facial treatments rich in high quantities of active ingredients will benefit the skin in a multitude of visible and invisible ways. However, to reduce the risk of redness or irritation, avoid anything intensive such as peels and microdermabrasion at least one month prior to your wedding day
Don’t forget too that what we put into our bodies can have a real impact on our skin and if you have a poor diet, no amount of expensive creams or strict skincare regime will be enough to keep those breakouts at bay. So eat a varied diet full of fresh fruit and vegetables; protein-packed fish, eggs and beans, some carbohydrates such as rice, potatoes and pasta as well as some dairy products such as milk and cheese. And try and avoid as much processed food as possible, as these can be full of sugar, low in fibre and lacking in those all important nutrients. You should also be drinking plenty of pure, filtered water which plays a critical role in the body’s natural metabolic, digestive and cellular regeneration process.
Thanks Amanda for your hints and tips on how to achieve that perfect bridal skin, whihc the experts swear by.
To find out more about our expert Amanda and how she can help you achieve the perfect glowing skin please contact her here
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