Every bride wants to have glow on as she wanders down in aisle in anticipation of her life as a married woman. Sienna Penn shares her top ten tips for getting that skin lusciously plumped up.
Top 10 tips for radiant skin:
Skin tips for the bride to be : There are few things that make a woman happier in her own skin than when she has a radiant, healthy complexion. However, giving your skin the tender loving care it needs to glow when you’re running around trying to get all the wedding details sorted can be a challenge. Fortunately there are lots of little things you can do to de-stress, soothe and nourish your skin that’ll make a huge difference. And remember, the earlier you start, the rosier that glow will be on your big day…..
1. A Good Routine
Being consistent with your daily skincare regime is key to having and maintaining a radiant, youthful complexion. And that means cleansing, toning and moisturising every single day, morning and night.
Always use products that are specifically designed for your skin type (sensitive, oily, dry, combination….) and make sure your toner is free from harsh ingredients such as alcohol, which can damage the skin’s natural protective acid mantle. Better still, ditch the toner and use a plant-based rebalancing mist instead.
As we grow older, our skin’s protective barrier deteriorates and its ability to produce collagen slows down, leaving it dry, and less firm and supple. To age-proof your skin, use a cream containing active ingredients targeted at increasing tissue repair at night, and invest in a serum that’s packed with cell-protecting, anti-ageing antioxidants and specifically designed to boost collagen production. Apply the serum under your moisturiser morning and night.
Encouraging cell turnover by exfoliating once or twice a week is also crucial if you want to maintain a fresh-looking complexion. If you don’t, dead cells will build up and the skin will stop reflecting light and look dull as a result.
And most importantly, apply a broad sunscreen during the day, regardless of the season, to keep your skin free from cancer, hyper pigmentation and premature wrinkles. to lighten up existing age spots, try over-the-counter products that contain liquorice extract or kojic acid.
2. Go Seasonal
Speaking of seasons, skin changes with the climate. It will generally produce more oil during the warmer summer months. By adapting your skincare routine to the seasons, you optimise your chances of having radiant skin all year round.
In spring and summer go for lightweight toners and eye creams that contain hydrating agents and peptides to combat fine lines. In winter, use face products that help lock in moisture, such as hyaluronic acid, shea butter and glycerin. In autumn, prepare your skin for the onslaught of winter’s chills by treating yourself to regular hydrating masks and paying extra attention to nourishing your pout with a rich balm – I use my eye cream on my lips fore an added boost.
3. Fake It
Instead of roasting in the sun – or , hell forbid, a sunbed – for the sake of achieving a healthy glow to offset your wedding gown, keep those damaging UVB and UVA rays out of the equation and opt for a sunless tan.
For an instant sun-kissed look, have a spray tan or – if you are happy to build up a darker colour gradually – DIY with a mousse or lotion. Remember, a tinted product will guarantee a streak-free application, as you can see where you’re applying it. Whether you call in the pros or do it at home, make sure you exfoliate your skin first to slough away dead skin cells, and moisturise your skin daily so your sunless tan lasts longer.
To build up a sunless tan at home for your wedding, start 10 days to a week before the day, and apply the product every other day or twice a week, depending on how tanned you want to look. My advice: keep it natural and go easy on the areas where the product tends to settle, such as the hands, knees and feet, so you don’t end up looking like an orangutan!
Another, temporary, way to instant is to use a bronzer. Dab the powder into the areas of your face that would naturally catch the sunlight first, such as your nose, chin and fore head. Finish off with a dusting on your jawline, behind the ear, underneath your cheekbones, and on your shoulders and decolletage.
4. Flag The Chemicals
Most commercial skincare product contains synthetic additives. And while these chemicals may make a cleanser, potion or lotion fell, look and smell good, they cause more harm to your skin than good, so it’s best to steer clear of them. One major culprit is the foaming agent and emulsifier sodium lauryl sulphate, which damages the skin protective layer and causes it to dry out. Then there are parabens – synthetic preservatives know to cause skin irritation and, potentially, cancer. Other nasties to look out for include the preservatives formaldehyde (used to embalm corpses!) and mineral oil which is added to products in order to lock in moisture in and make skin feel softer. However, in reality, it breaks down the skin natural immunity barrier and so actually speeds up the ageing process. Fragrances, as well as the petroleum-based solvent isopropanol, are know to dry and irritate skin.
Instead, look for product that contain ingredients that are anti-inflammatory, non-irritating and protect skin against the elements and pollution. Goodies include black tea, borage, chamomile, coenzyme Q10, gingko biloba, grape seed extract, green tea, vitamin C, liquorice root and oat extract.
5. Pamper Time
Give your skin an added moisture boost by treating yourself to a facial once a month in the lead-up to your nuptials. Choose a treatment that stimulates the cells, and so tightens and brightens your skin. Throw a peel into the mix to improve circulation and help products absorb more efficiently into the dermis. A hydration mask containing vitamin, minerals and enzymes is a good idea too as it will provide extra nourishment to the skin.
While your face is important, don’t forget to give your hands and feet some special attention. After all, you won’t want to show off that ring on your finger when your nails look all chipped and dry! In the months leading up to wedding, have regular footbaths and nourish your tootsies and hands with a heavy-duty, oil-based moisturiser.
6. Up The Aqua
Keeping your water intake up and your body fully hydrated should be part of any health and skincare regime. For one, it improves the flow of fresh oxygen to your body cells and leaves your skin looking as soft as a baby’s bottom, plus it flushes out toxins and amps up those energy levels.
Aim to drink eight glasses of water a day and get into the habit of drinking them before you get thirsty, because once you feel parched you’re already dehydrated. Drink a glass of water first thing when you wake up to get the motor rolling, and keep a 1.5 litre bottle by your side to sip during the rest of the day. Oh, and if you exercise, drink before, during and after your workout.
A couple of handy hints: Cold water is easier to drink, so keep a bottle chilled in the fridge. Add a squeeze or slice of lemon to your water for a bit of zing and to alkalise your blood. Our bodies easily tend to become overly acidic through the likes of stress, a bad diet, excess coffee and alcohol. We consequently produce less top-quality collagen and elastin, causing premature wrinkles.
7. Skin Food
What we put into our body is reflected on the outside – there’s no doubt about it. Eating a balanced diet of good-quality protein such as lean chicken, red meat and free-range eggs, and including carbohydrates such as wholegrain, together with plenty of vegetables and fruit generally provides our organs with the vitamins and minerals they need to function properly and look healthy.
Having said that, there are specific nutrients we should include our diets just to moisturise and nourish our largest organ-our skin-from the inside out. The essential omega-3 fatty acids, found in cold-water fish like salmon eggs and linseed, as well as omega-6, found in vegetable oils, nuts and seeds, are vital for optimal skin health. The thing is, these are anti-inflammatory and help keep the skin’s moisture levels on a par. Supplementing with evening primrose oil, in conjunction with omega-33, will also boost the skin’s dewy appearance.
Most of the skin’s collagen is made up of amino acids like glycerin and lysine. This is another reason why it’s important to ingest a good supply of quality protein such as chicken, fish and eggs. Other nutrients that helps produce collagen include iron, manganese and zinc. Glucosamine, often used to boost joint health, is also beneficial as it naturally increases the production of hyaluronic acid, and so helps prevent wrinkles form forming.
When it comes to vitamin, the A, B, C, and E vitamins found in a lot of fruit and vegetable are ones that help keep the skin elastic, stimulate collagen grown and have antioxidant properties to protect skin against ageing. Good sources of vitamin C, for example, include citrus fruits, broccoli and capsicum.
8. Sweat It Out!
People who are physically active generally have healthy, rosy-looking skin, while those living a sedentary lifestyle usually have skin with a dull, greyish pallor. That’s no surprise, really, given that exercise promotes blood circulation and helps flush out toxins. If those wastes aren’t eliminated, and our tissues and cells don’t receive an ongoing supply of fresh oxygen and nutrients, skin inevitably looks dull.
As little as 20 minutes of exercise a day can have effects, provided you build up a sweat. Cycling, jogging, a brisks walk, or swimming laps, horse-riding, or ball games like tennis are good choices. Make sure you up the ante with a fast and furious 15-minute bout of interval training or a hard-out activity like squash every now and again for an added boost.
Yoga, and in particular inverted posses such as downward dog, also promotes blood circulation and waste removal. It also relaxes you, so there’s less chance of frown lines etching themselves into your fore head!
9. Just Breathe
It seems like the simplest thing in the world to do, yet we so often forget to breathe deeply and properly, especially in times of stress, thereby depriving our bodies of vital oxygen. Correct breathing – through the belly and diaphragm instead of from the chest - also promotes digestion and so helps transport nutrients ingested through food into our skin cells. This keeps the cell turnover and collagen production in motion and or skin looking healthy.
10. Diy Skin Boosters
You don’t necessarily have to resort to lavish professional treatments to give your skin an added boost, especially not when your wedding budget is chewing up your savings. Try these natural, additive-free home creations for luminous-looking skin.
- Instead of buying a body lotion or butter, use olive or apricot oil to moisturise your body. Just let it dry before you get dressed.
- A mask made of egg yolk and honey, left on the face for 20 minutes is a godsend for nourishing sensitive skin, especially when you are short of time.
- If you have dry skin, treat it to a mashed avocado mask for 20 minutes, or make your own moisturiser from honey, lemon and olive oil, and leave it to work its magic on your face for 10 minutes.