The date is set and even if you still haven’t determined the specifics of your wedding festivities, there’s one thing you are sure of – you’re going to look your absolute best. To look radiant on your wedding day, you’ll want to prepare in advance, in fact, the earlier you start, the better! That way, by the time everything is set and you’re getting your wedding make-up done, you won’t have to paste layers of foundation and your face will be fit for a beauty magazine. Beautiful, glowing skin is the result of many factors, so here are some tips to follow right away.
Get plenty of hydration through your diet
The key to healthy, glowing skin is in hydration, so remember to drink 2 litres of water daily. To additionally increase your water intake without the burden of chugging down indefinite amounts of water, eat fruits and vegetables that have a high percentage of H2O: watermelon, cucumber, grapefruit, lettuce, celery sticks, etc.
A diet rich in nutrients will ensure your skin is elastic and looking healthy year-round, but sometimes, it can be difficult to obtain all these nutrients through a diet, especially because the process of absorption is complex. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant that has many biological functions and promotes smooth, healthy skin and hair. Yet, it is one of the most difficult to obtain through a diet, so you may want to drink vitamin E capsules. Also, Omega-3 fatty acids are extremely beneficial to skin radiance, so consume them as supplements if you can’t manage to eat plenty of fish and nuts.
Prevent your lips from getting chapped
Dry and cracked lips are a burden that’s hard to get rid of even despite relentlessly applying hydrating balm. It’s much easier to prevent them from getting chapped in the first place. The best way to do this is by applying SPF 30 to your lips whenever you find yourself outdoors, since weather conditions (namely sunshine, wind and cold) contribute heavily to cracked lips.
Assess your skin type to understand its specific needs
This is an extremely important part and the earlier you do this, the better. Although skin types can be divided into general categories, we each have different needs when it comes to skincare, so it’s best to consult a dermatologist who will also prescribe the right skincare routine for you. Finding the perfect products for your skin may not be so easy and may take a couple of trial runs, so be prepared.
Rejuvenate your skin with a chemical peel
Chemical peels are more popular than ever, and it’s no surprise, as modern peels are refined, customised and risk-free. Stripping away dull skin is the most effective way to get a healthy glow, as peels don’t just exfoliate deeply, but encourage cell proliferation and collagen production that’s normally attributed to very young skin. There are three levels of chemical peels: superficial, medium and deep. According to Dr Turner, a specialist plastic surgeon who also qualifies in non-surgical treatments, medium-level peels “can tackle discoloration, sun damage and fine lines”. A week following such a procedure, a fresh layer of skin is revealed, so this type of procedure must be done earlier to allow yourself the proper downtime.
Take special care on the day prior to your wedding
The very day is knocking at your door! To ensure a beautiful, glowing complexion for the big event, take it easy on salty foods so you don’t wake up puffy. Drink plenty of water with natural detoxifying ingredients in order to flush out any excess sodium. Also, if you notice a zit emerging (because, well, Murphy’s Law) don’t panic – and don’t even think about popping it! Apply some benzoyl-peroxide gel directly on it and it should mostly dry out overnight, so that good old make-up will be able to cover it up perfectly in the morning. And most importantly of all, relax and get plenty of rest at night. It’s called beauty sleep for a reason.
It’s preferable to adjust your lifestyle with these tips at least six months in advance to get the best results, but don’t worry if you don’t have that much time. Any time is the right time to start, just be careful with any kind of experimentation so that there are no surprises when you least need them. In the end, it’s your inner glow that will accompany the outer one on your special day, and that’s what matters most.