Pre­pare your skin for the big day

Bride and Groom - - GROOM FASHION -

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ons for ev­ery facet of the big day start well be­fore the walk down the aisle. Healthy skin pro­vides the per­fect can­vas for a make-up artist, so prepara­tory work needs to be un­der­taken be­fore the wedding. To achieve a healthy glow, skin­care regimes should be­gin about six months prior to the wedding. “Have a con­sul­ta­tion and pur­chase good skin­care prod­ucts to suit your skin type,” beau­ti­cian Sarah Ran­some said. The Beauty Par­lour em­ployee rec­om­mends sched­ul­ing a monthly fa­cial, start­ing six months be­fore the wedding. She also sug­gests pur­chas­ing some at-home fa­cial masks, as ad­vised by a beau­ti­cian, to ap­ply once a week and main­tain in be­tween fa­cial treat­ments. “(Mul­ti­ple treat­ments) al­lows time for the skin to im­prove and set­tle. If you have a fa­cial too late, you won’t no­tice as much im­prove­ment,” Sarah said. Keep­ing lips hy­drated reg­u­larly is also im­por­tant. “I no­tice a lot of brides, when they come in for their wedding make up, that their lips are very dry and the lip­stick doesn’t look as good,” Sarah said. Brides are also cau­tioned against us­ing wa­ter­proof mas­cara too close to the big day be­cause it is dif­fi­cult to re­move and can leave black­ness un­der the eye. Ms Ran­some sug­gested ap­ply­ing a calm­ing night cream af­ter clean­ing the skin. “It helps to calm the skin and keep it look­ing re­freshed.” Sarah’s tips for best skin­care be­fore the big day: • Clean skin well in the morn­ing and the evening • Re­move all make-up prop­erly be­fore bed • Stay out of the sun as much as pos­si­ble and use sun­screen to pro­tect skin Ex­fo­li­ate 2–3 times a week to keep dirt out of your pores Reg­u­larly ap­ply a mois­tur­is­ing lip balm Avoid chang­ing make-up or skin­care prod­ucts 2-3 weeks be­fore the day Wear a primer un­derneath your make-up to avoid clog­ging pores Drink lots of water dur­ing the day Fol­low a healthy diet Avoid sug­ary, salty and greasy foods • • •

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