How to Make Skin Glow Naturally on the Wedding Day?
* Freelance makeup artist and Holistic Anti aging Beauty therapist.
* Director at Ethix makeup and styling.
* Trained at Artistry at Sydney College of Makeup Art
There is nothing more beautiful than a bride with naturally glowing skin. There is no makeup on the market which can achieve that look – nothing can imitate glowing healthy skin, nails, eyes and hair.
It is a common complaint by brides that their skin has broken out on their wedding day due to the stress leading up to it, but if you have a great skincare routine happening and a glowing skin diet in place – those spots will not be noticeable at all, as it is so much easier for the makeup artist to cover them!
So what do you do to achieve this gorgeous complexion?
Step 1: Cleanse
Nothing beats a good quality cleanser perfectly suited to your skin type. Many girls tend to opt for oily skin foaming cleansers, but these more than often just strip the skin leaving it feeling dry and flakey if not red and irritated. A milk cleanser or a gentle foaming cleanser which is not designed for so called problem skin (please note – 10 pimples on your face is not classified as acne!) will cleanse your skin thoroughly. If you wear a lot of makeup – you may have to do a double cleanse at night to take it off.
Consistency is the answer – every morning and every night – no matter what!
Always use a quality eye makeup remover to remove all of your eye makeup – if you have black around the eyes, it means you have not removed all of it. This will damage your eyelashes, and false eyelashes on damaged lashes does not look as good as luscious full lashes of your own with a few singular ones enhancing what you already have there.
Step 2: Exfoliate
Exfoliating your skin helps remove any dead skin cell build up, residue makeup and oils as well as pollution which your cleanser has not removed. You only need to do this step twice a week to keep your skin looking fresh and glowing. It also allows your moisturizer to hydrate your skin well, keeping the oil flow at bay. When your skin is hydrated it glows, and the oil glands do not feel the need to pump out oil – stopping any oily skin issues. (note: Moisturizer replaces moisture in the skin, not oil). I recommend all brides exfoliate their skins on their wedding day before applying their moisturizer as they will have perfectly glowing skin ready for makeup application!
This can be done by using a facial scrub – avoid anything really rough as it will damage your pores, or use of a facial peel which can be manually rubbed off or washed off.
Step 3: Hydrate
As I said before – moisturizers replace moisture not oil to the skin. Unless your skin is really dry, then it needs a moisturizer with a rich base to give it extra hydration. Or if your skin tends to be dry and feels like it needs more – use a specific oil for dry skin such as Rosehip oil to help nourish it. If you have ongoing problem skin issues, I recommend you make yourself up a home-made facial treatment cream, consisting of coconut oil and aloe vera gel – this will hydrate, manage the oil, repair and sooth as well as control the bacteria found in acne. If you suffer from Eczema, Dermatitis or Rosacea – this works as a marvelous balm – and add a few drops of Rosehip oil for added results.
Step 1: Go green
The skin is our largest organ – so whatever we eat or drink will show on our skins surface. I recommend all of my brides start drinking a Green drink once or twice daily as part of their skin glow plan. Drinking a green drink (you can buy green powders in your health food isle or at the chemist or health food store.) consisting of Barley and Wheat grass, Chlorella and Spirulina, and some have a few other goodies as well, will flush the toxins out of your system and give your skin the nutrients it needs to look amazing! For added glow, mix the greens powder into a green vegetable drink consisting of great vegetable greens turned to juice in a blender – such as broccoli, kale, silver beet, celery and cucumber and apple – drink though out the day as the drink will be huge!
Step 2: Drink Water
Drink filtered or bottled water – NOT tap. Tap water contains chlorine which kills all of the healthy bacteria in our gut, which we need to keep flourishing for optimal health. I know everyone says it – but you must drink at least 2 liters of water per day. You can always pick the skin or a good water drinker – it looks hydrated.
Step 3: Up the Omegas
This is the most important step of all – even if it is the last. Take Flaxseed oil – not the seeds, but take the oil. 1 large tablespoon daily or 6 capsules. Flaxseed oil is loaded with Omegas 3, 6 and 9, Essential Fatty Acids and a multitude of minerals and vitamins. It is ultimately THE MOST important step to achieving great glowing skin as flaxseed oil heals it, hydrates it from the inside and just makes it look healthy and glowing.
I ideally recommend you use natural skincare products, although you may find the results take longer to achieve – your skin will look better for it!
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