Today I am handing over the writing reins and allowing my lovely readers a little insight from Lucy Vardy, the owner and lead therapist at Moon and Stars Beauty Therapy. She is an expert in skin related issues including acne, hyperpigmentation and dehydrated skin. Lucy takes a holistic approach to skin treatments. Got about three months to go before the big day… take notes for flawless skin! Over to Lucy…
How to Prepare Your Skin Three Months Before Your Wedding
Planning your wedding day should be the most exciting time of your life. However, amongst choosing the perfect table linen, deciding on the most beautiful flowers and indulging in the best wedding cake, there are often hidden stresses lurking around every corner. Whilst you may be able to maintain a cool, calm demeanour, these internal stresses will unfortunately begin to show on your skin. In order to showcase a picture perfect complexion in time for your wedding day, you must ensure you limit your stress levels and prepare your skin at least three months in advance. This will give your skin enough time to absorb the products and ensure that your skin looks flawless for your walk down the aisle.
Three months to go
- First off, you should visit a therapist that you trust and who is experienced in skin care regimes. Whilst you can prepare your skin on your own, it’s much easier knowing that you have someone on your side with the necessary experience to change your skin for the better.
- Discuss the skincare routine that you can carry out at home with your skincare therapist. Whilst a salon-based facial will work wonders for your complexion, the results will only last if you can maintain your clear skin once you leave the salon. Depending on your skin type, this routine will most likely include a toner, a refreshing cleanser and a vitamin rich moisturiser.
- Commit to attending regular facials, either monthly or weekly, depending on your schedule and your skin type. These facials will allow your therapist to remove all the dead skin cells that are accumulating dirt, as well as massaging hydrating products into the dryest areas of your face.
- Consider your diet carefully. Drink plenty of water each day to help flush out any toxins that might be nesting in your skin and eat foods that make you feel great; resist buying foods that are high in sugar and artificial ingredients. When it comes to your diet, fresh is always best. Stock up on superfoods such as avocado, eggs and blueberries and replenish the oils in your skin through treats such as salmon and peanut butter.
- This is also the time to start using sunscreen under your skin make up. This will protect your skin from unwanted sun damage, keeping it hydrated and nourished. If you can, choose a foundation or moisturiser that includes an SPF above 30 to ensure your skin is fully protected.
Two months to go
- From this point on, you should avoid stronger treatments such as chemical peels. These are too harsh for you skin at this point, and should be carried out in the first month only. You should be focusing on removing the dead skin and revealing the newer, fresher skin beneath.
- Similarly, treatments tackling issues such as pigmentation and acne scarring, should also be gentle – this is the month to start reducing the intensity of treatments and therefore nothing too harsh should be occurring on your skin. Skin cells are now far more fragile and therefore require less aggressive methods of skin care.
- Facial massages are also a great way to tone the skin and increase blood flow to the face, making your skin appear younger and healthier in minutes.
One month to go!
- LED treatments are ideal in the run up to a wedding. They are gentle, effective and when combined with tightening treatments, can give you that flawless finish that you’re after.
- Never have a facial in the week before your wedding – especially if you suffer from oily skin or facial acne. A facial can trigger a breakout that may not clear up in time for your wedding, so leave the facials well alone this month, and focus on more soothing treatments like a facial massage or a moisturising mask.
- Do not even consider touching the fake tan bottle a week before the big day. There is nothing worse than a patchy, uneven tan dominating your wedding pictures, and whilst there’s every chance it will look fantastic, any less than a week is simply not enough time to fix a patchy, tangerine tan.
- Similarly, avoid taking any pre-wedding stress out on your eyebrows. Ensure you book in for an eyebrow wax at least a week before the wedding, and avoid any innovative eyebrow designs – keep it simple and classic.
- Create the most relaxing environment possible! Cortisol, the stress hormone that occurs naturally in your body, can change how your skin responds to products, so try to remain as calm as possible and take plenty of time for yourself. If you simply can’t find a way to block out the stressors, make sure you book yourself in for a full body massage to allow yourself a full hour of relaxation and an escape from your manic task list.
- Book in for a full manicure and pedicure no earlier than one day before the wedding. Whilst your facial skin will be clear and glowing, you can’t neglect your hands and feet – after all, this is likely to be the most important day for your left hand! Moisturise your hands and feet thoroughly the evening before, and try to avoid nervously chewing those nails!
If you follow the tips above, you and your skin will be ready for the best day of your life. If you have any further questions, or would like to speak to a therapist about any of the above, please contact Lucy Vardy.
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