How to get glowing skin for your wedding day

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Image: Getty Images

The basics

Get into a proper beauty routine, which includes removing your make-up, cleansing and moisturising with a broad spectrum SPF every morning. Also, make use of an electronic cleaning brush. This nifty water-resistant devices can be used in the shower. Couple with a gentle gel cleanser, for the best results use it for a minimum of three times a week. Exfoliate the face, neck and décolleté as well as the shoulders to ensure you slough away all that dead skin and stimulate the regeneration of new beautiful, healthy looking skin. If you have chosen to wear a backless and low back wedding gown, pay attention to your back as well.

High on H2O

Water is crucial for beautiful skin. It’s essential to get in an average of 2 litres daily to give your body the necessary hydration it requires from the inside; this will show on the outside as well. If you don’t like the taste of water throw in fruits like lemon, orange, strawberries and some mint leaves to help you improve your H20 intake. In the long run this good habit will help in reducing the appearance of fine line and wrinkles and aid in the overall radiance of your skin.

Eat clean

Going on a skin-benefiting eating plan will be the best gift you give to yourself. The goal is to keep your body hydrated, foods like watermelon, grapefruit and broccoli are an excellent source of hydration

Spot control

Adult acne is one of the hardest skin challenges to tackle. Unfortunately it’s becoming more prevalent amongst South African women. A clinical study shows that an average of 50% of the adult population between the ages of 20 to 40 have been identified insistent acne and oily skin. Get diagnosed and start treatment months before D-day. There aren’t full proof methods to guarantee spot-free skin however the correct maintenance can give you great results. As soon as you feel you are breaking out, run to a dermatologist and develop a course of treatment. When you’re pressed for time, pull in the big guns. Invest in acne facials, an experienced skin therapist will give you an intense cleanse and remove blackheads. If have been placed on acne medication check with your dermatologist before going for any facial treatments. Refrain from picking, popping or squeezing your pimples. Should a spot appear days before or on the day get a shot of cortisone, they help zap the spot and reduce inflammation.

Super smooth

Exfoliating works at detoxifying the skin, illuminating your complexion, ridding the surface of the skin of dull skin cells while preventing and reducing signs of ageing. It also helps to allow topical products to penetrate the skin better. Facial acids and fruit enzymes are categorised as chemical acids, these ingredients are found in small doses. These use a number of different chemicals to remove dead skin cells and other gross impurities. Usually this chemicals will be enzymes such as alpha hydroxyl acids eg. glycolic or lactic acids, fruit enzymes including salicylic acids and beta hydroxyl acids. Chemical exfoliates break down bonds between skin cells and loosen up lifeless skin. Physical exfoliation describes the products that have a grainy or rough texture. These need you to manually rub the product into the skin to buff away unwanted skin debris for new, youthful skin to be revealed. Physical exfoliation varies in levels of effectiveness which is determined by the product you choose to purchase. Try different textures to see what works for you.



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