Monday, January 21, 2013

Top 5 Pre-Wedding Skincare Tips

Not quite sure what you should be doing pre-wedding to get your skin in top condition? Look to Christine Clais...

A-Lister fave, ‘The French Facialist’ Christine Clais is a French-born skin expert, educator, speaker and author, with over 20 years of experience. She is an advocate of integrative skincare and educates women on the importance of skin care and the fundamentals of caring for your skin from the inside out. 

“To get a flawless complexion by your wedding day, you must start the following plan early, so as to give your skin enough time to improve and/or repair,” Christine says. “Begin six months before (unless you suffer from a serious skin disorder such as acne or eczema which would require much longer to treat)." 

1. Get a professional skin analysis done It is best to leave it to a professional facialist to perform a thorough skin analysis, as it is paramount to use the right skincare ingredients for you. Your choice of skincare products and daily routine should also be regularly re-assessed every change of season: your skin not only goes through changes with age, it is also affected by the weather, your lifestyle, stress levels, and state of health, including your emotions. If you have chosen a wedding dress that is going to expose your back, make sure to tell your skin expert so this area of skin gets treated too! 

2. Adopt your recommended daily skincare regime. You do not need to spend hours every day on your skin to get visible results, but you certainly need to create a twice-daily habit of: cleansing your skin, applying some eye cream, applying a treatment cream to your face, neck and décolleté. And, of course, you must also use a sunscreen when exposing your skin to the sun. It is what you do to your skin every day that will ultimately create the biggest difference. Just as importantly, following the weekly habit of exfoliating your skin and applying a mask will positively impact your skin. Be sure to use recommended products for this. 

3. Increase fruit and vegetables in your diet Eating a plant-based diet alkalinises the body; by doing so, it improves the functioning of the skin and, as a result, enhances the way it appears, contributing to a healthy, younger looking skin. A healthy diet will also have a healing effect on skin ailments such as acne, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. So, increase your intake of highly alkaline forming foods, such as lemon, watermelon, dried dates and figs, mango, melon, parsley, asparagus, and green vegetable juices. 

4 Get enough beauty sleep In order to function well, our bodies need about eight hours of sleep every night. The first visible signs of sleep deprivation usually show as dark circles and bags under the eyes, as well as dull or drawn looking skin. Continuous lack of sleep eventually leads to increased levels of stress hormones in the body. This causes increased inflammation within the skin, leading to accelerated skin ageing and wrinkling. 

5. Get enough ‘me time’ Because our mind and body work closely together, our thoughts and the way we feel about life affect our body (including our skin) in a positive or negative way. It is time to focus on reducing stress in your life. I know it’s hard (especially when planning a wedding!), but it is well worth it! So, make the commitment to yourself to have a minimum of 30 minutes of ‘me time’ every day. What about joining a meditation group, taking on yoga or going for a walk in nature? You will soon realise that this is not time wasted but time to relax, regroup and refocus, so your life can be less stressful, more enjoyable and more productive. 

QB x

P.S You can see more helpful ideas in the current issue of QB (which, if you don't have you can get here).

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