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How to Get Gorgeous Wedding Day Skin

When a bride gets engaged, there’s a tendency to want to do a major beauty overhaul from top to bottom. What’s the best way for brides to help their skin look its best, without going to extremes?  Here are some great habits that can definitely help you get your glow on. Even if it’s a month or two before the wedding and your skin’s not exactly aglow… Don’t fret. This guide will get you there fast.

 

Healthy skin doesn't have to come from an expensive medical process.

Healthy skin doesn’t have to come from an expensive medical process.

 

1. Don’t Starve!

Skimping on nutrients leads to tired-looking skin. There are so many beauty benefits in consuming enough good fat. I recommend including a moderate amount of plant-based fat in every meal, like a tablespoon of extra virgin coconut or olive oil, a quarter of a ripe avocado, or two tablespoons of nuts or seeds. I have tons of bridal clients with dry, flaky, cracked skin, who seem shocked to learn that the culprit is a lack of foods they think of as “bad” and “fattening. Here’s the deal: cells in the top layer of your skin only live about 30 days, and while you don’t feel or see it happening, you shed up to 40,000 skin cells every minute (yup minute) of the day. Because fat is a structural component of skin, you need enough fat in your diet to construct new healthy layers. In addition, healthy fats help you absorb more antioxidants.

 

Olives are a storehouse of top natural antioxidants like Vitamin E, Beta Carotene, Squalane and Vitamin K.

Olives are a storehouse of top natural antioxidants like Vitamin E, Beta Carotene, Squalane and Vitamin K.

 

2. Fresh Produce!

Aside from smoking, sun damage is the most egregious cause of skin damage, but certain foods can help fight its effects. Hands down, fruits and veggies are the most important ingredient for healthy, glowing skin. In one study, scientists tracked the diets of 35 people, took photos of them, and asked others to rate the pics. The volunteers who ate an average of 2.9 more portions of fruits and vegetables each day were rated as healthier looking, and those who downed an extra 3.3 portions daily were rated as more attractive. A similar UK study found that photos of subjects who ate a fruit and veggie rich diet were rated as more attractive than those with suntans! Scientists say antioxidants are the key, because they improve circulation, and alter skin pigment. Those thought to have the greatest impact are lycopene, which gives tomatoes their red color and watermelon its pink hue, and beta-carotene, found in carrots, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, broccoli, and leafy greens. Polyphenols, which cause blood to rush to the skin surface, also play a role. They’re found in dark grapes, cherries, plums, apples, blackberries, and blueberries. Bonus: antioxidants also act like natural bodyguards, to fend off compounds that harm skin, including pollution, cigarette smoke, and skin damagers produced by stress and sun exposure.

 

Tasty in more ways than one Anti-oxidants are an invaluable tool in the war against aging.

Tasty in more ways than one Anti-oxidants are an invaluable tool in the war against aging.

 

3. Hydrate!

Water can smooth out wrinkles; alcohol does the exact opposite. If you’ve ever looked in the mirror the morning after knocking back a few, you know how alcohol can wreak havoc on your skin. In addition to its toxic effects, beer, wine and liquor interfere with sleep, and lead to water retention (i.e. puffy eyes and face). The water you drink serves as a type of internal moisturizer for your skin. Staying properly hydrated can smooth out wrinkles, causing your skin to appear brighter and younger. Alcohol, along with caffeinated drinks like coffee and soda, has the opposite effect. A drink will dehydrate you and deplete vital skin nutrients, making your skin appear dull. Doctors have also found that those who drink heavily tend to have less healthy diets, which can deprive the skin of necessary nutrients that keep it looking healthy and young. I suggest applying chilled cucumbers the night before the wedding—especially after all those teary rehearsal-dinner toasts. Whether you want shinier hair, younger skin, a healthier body (or all three!), pure, clear water is the world’s best beauty elixir.

 

Lack of adequate water consumption is evident in the form of dry, flaky skin, fine lines, and dark circles.

Lack of adequate water consumption is evident in the form of dry, flaky skin, fine lines, and dark circles.

 

4. Sleep!

You’ve probably already noticed that when you skimp on sleep, it shows on your face. Tired skin sags, bags, and loses its luster. Sleep is vital for keeping a vibrant color. While you sleep, your skin renews itself. New skin cells grow and replace older cells. It’s repairing and restoring and rebalancing. Not enough sleep before your wedding can also make you more stressed, and everyone can see that tension in those pictures. Lack of sleep causes blood vessels to dilate, causing the look of dark circles. Trust me, no amount of makeup can change the appearance of a bride that looks angry and tired due to lack of beauty rest. I always ask my brides to visualize beautiful, healthy skin as they fall asleep so their complexions can go in that direction, and it works every time! Just like diet and exercise, sleep deserves your respect. You want to look at sleep as a source of fuel and energy and health, and not just look at it as something you have to do. Beauty sleep for brides is vital, it’s free, and it can start for you tonight!

 

Beauty sleep is incredible for reinvigorating you.

Beauty sleep is incredible for reinvigorating you.

 

5. Scrub

I consider exfoliation as one of the most important techniques that you can perform on your skin to resolve certain skin problems as well as to achieve healthy and glowing skin. Exfoliate twice weekly to shed millions of dead skin cells. Otherwise they’ll plug pores, and bacteria in follicles will erupt. Beneath that rough, flaky outer layer of facial skin is a lustrous canvas of beautiful, silky skin. But it won’t shine out on its own, you’ve got to give it a little help by exfoliating regularly to regenerate your skin and encourage new cell growth. There are many choices — from cleansers and body washes to scrubs and loofahs — that aid in the exfoliation process, so the task may seem a bit daunting at first. But once you sort through all of the available exfoliants, you can begin your own exfoliation routine and look forward to bright, glowing skin. If your skin is especially stubborn, you can also visit a dermatologist to discuss more dramatic options such as a chemical peel or a microdermabrasion treatment.

 

Fruit enzymes such as papaya will help to make the dullest skin glow, making your bridal skin even brighter.

Fruit enzymes such as papaya will help to make the dullest skin glow, making your bridal skin even brighter.

 

About BRIDAL MAKEOVERS by Aradia

Aradia is a professionally trained makeup artist with more than 25 years of experience. She places her bridal makeup and hair business first and continues to challenge herself everyday in hopes of sharing her vision of modern beauty with South Florida brides. Her aim is to be your makeup artist of choice by giving you the best advice and providing a complete, comprehensive range of specifically designed treatments to ensure that the best results for your bridal beauty are realized.  She has worked in the fields of commercial, fashion, runway, film, television and print. Gifted with an incredible eye for facial harmony combined with a remarkable sense of color and design, Aradia is in high demand by brides as well as by some of the top bridal designers of the international couture scene.

“From a very young age, I was fascinated with faces-the emotions, balance, beauty and of course flaws. I was always visualizing how a brides could be more beautiful and better communicate who she truly is through the art of bridal makeup artistry”

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Posted in Beauty and Beauty Tips and Bridal Beauty and Health & Nutrition and Skin and Skin Care by adminbm333 on September 30th, 2013 at 12:22 am.

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