1. AT HOME SKIN CARE
DO… Have a skin care regime that you follow daily in the morning and evening. Ideally if you don’t already have a steady regime then getting into the habit at the latest 10-8 weeks before the wedding will give your skin enough time to start reaping the benefits.
This is the main reason why I have two types of trial’s when it comes to my brides. You can opt for the standard make up package if you’re already skin care savvy and have it covered, otherwise I offer the ‘Skin Deep’ Trial which includes just as much skin care advise as your make up needs. We start with a facial and skin care analysis so I can properly assess your skin and then I go through a a range of products from Jane Scrivner’s Skin care range that would suit your skin and help any problem area’s in the lead up to your big day!
DON’T... Try new make up/cosmetics too close to the date. Up until the month before knock yourself out, but it’s just so that if god forbid you do react or break out you have a month to get rid!! This is just to decrease the risk of you reacting or breaking out to any new ingredients in a product you haven’t tried before.
2. PROFESSIONAL SKIN CARE/TREATMENTS
DO… Use the correct products for your skin type.
If you are purchasing a skin care regime or adding products for the first time, try your best to firstly have an analysis and ideally a facial with a specialist before going out and buying any old range. You could potentially do more damage than its worth by not using the correct products.
DO.. Have specialist facials!
DON’T.. have any treatments that use glue or dye that you could potentially react to within the month before the wedding WITHOUT a patch test first. Do all your patch tests for eye lash extensions or hair colouring at least a month or so before. Jut in case!!
DON’T.. have your waxing the day or so before hand. If you’re getting your brows/tash.. whatever waxed, at least do it within the 3-5 days before hand to ensure skin has calms down and there isn't any open follicles.
3. DIET AND LIFESTYLE
I cant stress enough the importance of eating well in the lead up to your wedding. It is true that our diet has an effect on our skin and we can so easily get into a habit of eating foods we know potentially are bad for our skin or know bring us out in imperfections…. Yes, we all know of the chocolate spots!!
I simply recommend to follow the basic advise of avoiding foods that you know cause you to break out and also daily adding more colour to your diet , whether you have a healthy diet or not already it will never hurt to add more colourful fruits of veg to your diet.
Here's why packing your plate with the rainbow can do such good:
Orange, red and yellow-
All of the above provide beta-carotene and Lycopene which are powerful at defencing against free-radicals, making them powerful anti-ageing foods. The high levels of Vitamin C help promote collagen growth therefore fighting wrinkles, de-hydration, dullness and most importantly cell-replacement which will help with clearing imperfections and healing any scarring from imperfections.
Purple and blues-
Dark coloured fruit and veggies like the above hold the prize for the holding the most anti-oxidants and polyphenols which are vital in fighting inflammation in the body. Inflammation can be noticed anywhere in the body but if found in the stomach or digestion can have huge impact on our skin as our gut is so widely linked to our skin health.
The Whites… Yes you’re hearing me right and no I'm not talking white/beige foods such as rice and pasta-
White foods such as the above contain Beta-glucans which are powerful immune boosters and can be an aid in balancing hormones. Because of Beta-glucan’s having a high fibre content it has also been found to lower blood sugar and insulin levels which is great for those brides struggling with hormonal break outs.
DON’T… over indulge on the wine and coffee!
I know, I know you’re saying ‘Really Christine?!’- But honestly, alcohol and coffee are two of most dehydrating things you can drink. I’m not saying deprive yourself completely but try and cut back the month before and you’ll notice an increase in your skin texture. I promise!... even if a glass of wine (or three) a night is keeping the stress at bay. Have a bath instead!
... But most IMPORTANTLY...
DO, enjoy the process and take every moment in.... and DON'T stress. It's just one day, one magical day that you must and will feel your most wonderful in!