TREAT YOUR SKIN

A hand­ful of bri­dal skin­vest­ments that will give you great re­sults.

New Zealand Weddings - - CONTENTS - By PAMELA McIN­TOSH

A hand­ful of bri­dal skin­vest­ments that will give you great re­sults

W het­her you’re six months out from “I do” or just six weeks, there’s time to im­prove your skin’s ap­pear­ance. We look at sa­lon treat­ments and at-home regimes that will hy­drate and brighten your skin to have you look­ing your bri­dal best.

TRY A SKIN PEEL

A light, ef­fec­tive skin peel is a great way to kick off a pre-wed­ding skin treat­ment pro­gramme. En­v­i­ron Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tor Karen Wil­son says de­pend­ing on the bride’s skin, a se­ries of three to six peels is rec­om­mended for im­proved skin tex­ture, tone, hy­dra­tion and over­all ra­di­ance. “The sooner you start the bet­ter,” says Karen, “be­cause skin with good vi­ta­min A lev­els will al­ways re­spond bet­ter to sa­lon treat­ments.” She rec­om­mends En­v­i­ron’s su­per fa­cial, whilch com­bines a lac­pam gel peel and vi­ta­min in­fu­sions, and can be sched­uled up to two days prior to your wed­ding for a glow­ing, healthy com­plex­ion.

STAY CALM

When we are stressed and anx­ious our in­ter­nal sys­tem ex­pe­ri­ences huge changes, of­ten re­sult­ing in chem­i­cal and hor­monal im­bal­ances in our body that will even­tu­ally show up on our skin. Never un­der­es­ti­mate the im­por­tance of sup­port­ing your emo­tional health and ner­vous sys­tem in the lead-up to your spe­cial day. Try a med­i­ta­tion app, such as ‘Calm’, to slow your mind down.

GET YOUR BEAUTY SLEEP

But be­fore you hit the pil­low, take ten min­utes to cleanse and hy­drate your skin. An oil cleanser or pre- cleanser is per­fect to break down foun­da­tion and makeup, and the sec­ond cleanse (of­ten a cream) is for the in­gre­di­ents to work their magic on the deep lay­ers of skin.

STAY HY­DRATED

Lau­ren de Vries, Head Trainer for More Than Skin, says that toner is a great fi­nal cleans­ing step to hy­drate and sat­u­rate skin cells. If you ex­pe­ri­ence dry skin, in­vest in qual­ity, spe­cial­ist-hy­drat­ing skin prod­ucts – and swap sug­ary drinks for wa­ter.

IN THE BUFF

To im­prove skin tex­ture, pre­vent block­ages and black­heads, and to al­low prod­ucts to work more ef­fi­ciently, ex­fo­li­a­tion is key. “Your makeup fin­ish will ap­pear more flaw­less when the skin is ex­fo­li­ated,” ex­plains Lau­ren. “This is a must- do in the lead-up to the wed­ding day. I would rec­om­mend in- sa­lon fa­cial treat­ments, com­ple­mented by at-home ex­fo­li­a­tion.”

FACE WORK­OUT

Stim­u­late your fa­cial mus­cles with a sim­ple DIY face mas­sage to in­crease cir­cu­la­tion and en­er­gise the skin’s ap­pear­ance. Af­ter cleans­ing, glide your fin­gers gently over your skin in small cir­cles along your jaw line, and sep­a­rately from the side of the nose, over your cheek­bone, to your tem­ples. Us­ing a re­pair serum or protein essence such as Royal Bond Stem Cell Protein Essence will fur­ther en­hance your skin’s ap­pear­ance.

VI­TAL PRO­TEC­TION

It’s im­por­tant to wear sun­screen year-round to pro­tect your skin from harm­ful UV rays (yes, even in win­ter) and en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tants. “SPF is vi­tal, rain or shine,” en­forces Lau­ren. “It not only pro­tects your skin, but also re­duces vis­i­ble signs of age­ing and pig­men­ta­tion.” Be ex­tra vig­i­lant the month be­fore your big day, and if you’re af­ter a bronzed look, opt for a fake tan over the real thing.

SPOT TREAT­MENT

Im­per­fec­tions in skin are of­ten caused by fac­tors such as hor­monal changes or bac­te­ria build-up. If you bat­tle with break­outs on the daily, an up­com­ing wed­ding is a great rea­son to see a der­ma­tol­o­gist for ad­vice. For pesky smat­ter­ings of spots, Karen sug­gests tar­geted break­out treat­ment – such as En­v­i­ron Se­bus­pot Gel – and to “ap­ply it the mo­ment you feel the break­out de­vel­op­ing.”

PORE PA­TROL

You may have no­ticed the tiny lit­tle skin open­ings on the sur­face of your skin. These are pores, and the body’s nat­u­ral oil (which is pro­duced in the deeper lay­ers of your skin) es­capes through these holes. A pore min­imiser can help to di­min­ish these open­ings on the outer lay­ers of your skin and to give you a more flaw­less base for makeup ap­pli­ca­tion.

MASK OVER IT

A face mask will help to brighten and il­lu­mi­nate your skin and leave your com­plex­ion feel­ing re­freshed and look­ing ra­di­ant. A twice weekly mask – while you soak in the bath, or tackle that seat­ing chart – is a worth­while use of your time.

Inika Cer­ti­fied Or­ganic Makeup Re­mover, $39 En­v­i­ron Skin Essen­tiA Pre- Cleans­ing Oil, $ 50 Joyce Blok Face & Body Ex­fo­liant, $ 60 TIP In­clude the costs of skin­care regimes into your wed­ding bud­get. It’s a big part of your big-day con­fi­dence, af­ter all. Royal Bond Nat­u­ral Stem Cell Protein Essence, $ 78 Dr. Lewinn’s Line Smooth­ing Com­plex Treat­ment Mask, $ 90 for pack of 6 sheet masks 116 NEWZ EA L A NDWEDDING S Wi n t e r 2 0 1 7

TIP Con­sider your dress de­sign – sleeve­less? Strap­less? Tea length? Open back? – and the skin that will be on show. Skin pam­per­ing is not just about your face! Joyce Blok Ev­ery­day Sun Fit­ness SPF15+, $45 En­v­i­ron B- ac­tive Se­bus­pot Gel, $47 Abeeco Ac­tive Pore Min­imis­ing Gel, $68

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