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Stalking the Prettiest of Pretties
Coming up in the wedding beauty series is a couple posts on make-up. But first you need to get the basics down first. A good make-up artist can conceal most blemishes but you will feel more confident knowing that your skin is gorgeous on its own. Thankfully, the secrets to great skin are fairly simple and I’ve gathered them up for you.
The greatest key is free and easily available to most of us: water. Drink loads of it. In the couple months prior to the wedding try to drink as much of the stuff as you can possibly manage, the recommended amount is 2.5 litres per day. Yes, it’s boring as hell and doesn’t cure those caffeine cravings, but it really helps clear out any impurities leaves you glowing. Try alternating a cup of hot water with lemon for every second cup of tea or coffee, gradually increasing how much water your drink and reducing the caffeinated drinks. An added benefit of this is that you cut down on tea or coffee stains on your teeth. Keep a bottle or large glass on hand while your working or watching tv as well, soon you’ll be used to it and drinking water will become less tedious. If you are exercising in the run-up, make sure you are replacing all the lost fluids as well.
What you eat is also very important, step up the fruit and veg intake. Some of the tastiest fruits in my opinion are the ones that are the best for you. Blueberries and pomegranate seeds are gorgeous and are bursting with antioxidants and other goodies. There are loads of articles out there with loads of advice, but normally common sense is key. I’m not a salad fan so I don’t eat them, but I try to buy a large stock of fresh fruit at the weekend and make fruit salads full of stuff that I like, then portion them out and freeze so I have fresh fruit every day.
Get a regular cleansing routine going. Make sure you know your skin type though, so you don’t do any damage. I’m guessing that you’ve lived with your skin for a while so you should have a good idea if it’s oily, dry or combination. Make sure the products you use are suitable for your skin type. For instance, sensitive skins should make sure the cleanser isn’t too harsh and skip the toner, try a splash of cold water instead. (See, water again!) It should take about a month for you to really notice the effects of a new product or routine, so make sure you start yours a couple months before the big day.
A word about products: more expensive does not automatically equal better. We all remember the drama that unfolded when it was revealed that Aldi’s £2 face cream came out top in tests. Have a look for what others are using, beauty forums are often great for revealing hidden gems. My best discovery is No 7 Day Sorbet. I have quite oily skin and could never get a moisturiser that worked for me. Even those formulated for teenage skin felt heavy, but this gives such a light sensation. And £13 for a 4mth supply is pretty good. I’ve been raving about it ever since.
Pre-wedding, a lot of brides opt to have a few professional facials. If you do decide to get some make sure you leave enough time before the big day as they can often cause break-outs in the short term. Speak to your beautician and work out what would be best for you. Or get some home treatments and work it into your ‘chill night.’
Oh yeah, stress is your skins enemy. It causes lots of horrible hormones that attacks it from within and normally has you reaching for junk food or alcohol which creates spots and dulls your skin. If you aren’t getting enough sleep you’ll start to get dark circles too. But how to stop stress when you’re in the run up to your wedding?! Well, that’s a whole other post, but part of it should be making sure you have at least one evening a week off from the wedding. Take a night to watch a film, not review videographers. Or have a bath and apply a mask to your hair and face (different ones!) and read a magazine that doesn’t have a bride on the cover. You may think that you don’t have the time, but I’m telling you it’s for your greater good! And try to get outside every evening for some fresh air. If you are living near enough to the coast, there is nothing like a walk along the beach to freshen up your complexion and clear the cobwebs.
What are your tips for tip-top skin? And your star products? See here next week for a guest post from one of Ireland’s leading make-up artists.