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The healthier the condition of your skin the better your make up and photographs will look. If you have any concerns with your skin like acne, oiliness, allergies, dryness or pigmentation start your new regime 6 months before the wedding. If your skin is generally good, start 3 months prior to the big day. A visit to your Beauty Therapist is recommended. They will analyse your skin and give advice on facial treatments and home skin care.
BASIC HOME CARE
Morning and night – cleanse and tone with products to suit your skin type or a gentle foaming cleanser.
Please DO NOT USE SOAP ON YOUR FACE.
It is very important to cleanse morning and night; morning to remove oils and bacteria that buildup over night and to refresh and prepare your skin for a day cream. At night you need to clean off all the oils, dirt and make up of the day and to prepare your skin for night cream.
Use a hydrating day cream with sun filters. This cream should be tailored for your skin type and the main purpose is to protect and hydrate the skin. >
This is when you have the chance to change your skin type. While the body is at rest regeneration takes place. Night creams usually have more active ingredients. >
Once or twice a week EXFOLIATE and MASK your skin. Use a gentle scrub to slough off the dead cells that can clog your skin, and for a deeper cleanse use a mask after you have exfoliated. Masks also come in different varieties, your therapist can recommend one to suit your skin type. >
Your skin is a reflection of your inner health. Make sure you cut back on foods that can overload the system – coffee, alcohol, fatty foods, refined sugars. Increase your intake of raw vegetables, fruit, water or herb teas, complex carbohydrates and mono-unsaturated oils. If you have a skin with persistent problems like acne or eczema you may need to see a naturopath to identify internal causes for the problem.
Your Beauty Therapist can offer you treatments like enzyme peels and microdermabrasion to refine the skin. These treatments can reduce fine lines, pigmentation and thickened skin. Even scarring and deep lines can be helped. Even a good skin can have fine lines and look tired because of dehydration. A short course of enzyme peels or microdermabrasion can brighten your skin, making it look alive and providing a smooth canvas for your makeup.
Also ask your Beauty Therapist about a few manicures in the 6-8 weeks before the wedding, then in the week before treat yourself to a pedicure and a body massage.