Every bride deserves to look and feel fabulous on their special day, but completing your wedding vision is so much more than choosing the right wedding dress style. Your beauty regime may need some tweaking to achieve the perfect bridal look after all great make-up relies on a great foundation and that coveted bridal glow won’t appear all by itself!
A solid beauty routine that works doesn’t rely on expensive treatments and products, however. By making the following changes to your at-home beauty regime you practise the self-care that will leave you looking and feeling fantastic on your wedding day.
Make time to chill
Stress has a major impact on the skin, with raised levels of anxiety triggering a chemical reaction that causes inflammation, worsens skin conditions, and leaves your complexion looking lacklustre.
An effective beauty regime should always start within, and looking after your mental health will work wonders for your skin. Even while planning the wedding, taking time to chill out will not only improve your complexion, but boost sleep quality and quantity, enhance your mood, and lead to even better health and wellbeing.
You can manage stress effectively at home or wherever your day takes you but downloading one of these guided meditation apps. You can also indulge in these pre-wedding relaxation and pampering ideas to find inner calm as your big day approaches.
Look after your skin by day…
Everyone’s skin needs a little tender loving care. Factors like pollution, sun exposure, the wrong skincare products and even your choice of laundry detergent can have an impact on the skin. This makes finding and sticking to a good skincare regime every day particularly important, and it all starts at home.
The classic combination of cleansing, toning and moisturising is a tried, tested and successful route to flawless skin for most. All you have to do is find the right products that are kind to skin and effective for your skin type.
…And by night
While your body rests, your skin is still hard at work. Give your skin the help it needs to recover at night by rejigging your twilight skincare routine.
As well as removing the dirt and oil of the day, applying a good quality cleanser before you go to bed will ensure every inch of make-up is thoroughly removed and your skin can breathe. Applying a good quality night cream is another must, and when it comes to choosing a great one, chances are it contains the most celebrated miracle skincare ingredient of the moment – retinol.
Derived from vitamin A, retinol is seen as the gold standard of at-home skincare. It boosts cell renewal, clears pores, treats acne, improves collagen levels, prevents wrinkles, brightens the complexion, and rids skin of troublesome hyperpigmentation. But is this wonder ingredient all it’s cracked up to be? Here Healthline reveals more about how retinol works:
“Once in this middle layer of skin, retinol helps neutralize free radicals to boost the production of elastin and collagen. This creates a “plumping” effect that reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and enlarged pores. At the same time, retinol has an exfoliating effect on the skin’s surface that can further improve texture and tone. Retinol can also help treat severe acne, as well as related scarring.”
Fuel your bridal body
Getting active and eating healthily will work wonders for your skin not just in time for your wedding day but long after.
Regular at-home workouts are great for managing wedding stress as well as keeping your body in tip-top condition. Whilst improving your diet with lots of fruit, vegetables, wholegrains and water will boost your energy and clear your skin.
Never skip the sunscreen
One of the best beauty products in your arsenal has to be sunscreen. Sun-kissed skin may be a desirable look, but protecting your skin with a good SPF all year round is essential, whatever the weather outside. Sun exposure increases the risk of many health problems. It also causes premature ageing, which will leave the skin wrinkled, leathery and full of dark spots.
Make sunscreen a part of your daily beauty regime and use spray tan to achieve a natural, healthy glow if necessary.