Say good rid­dance to dull skin and good morn­ing to vi­tal­ity with a healthy, re­plen­ished face.

New Zealand Weddings - - BEAUTY - By PAMELA MCIN­TOSH

Con­sis­tently busy life­styles (in­clud­ing a seem­ingly end­less list of wed­ding plan­ning tasks) makes each day seem to van­ish in a flash. So when it comes to skin­care, why not take ad­van­tage of bed­time to in­vest in your beauty regime?

“The modern non-stop life­style and the fa­tigue we ex­pe­ri­ence from con­stantly be­ing ‘on’ can take a toll on our skin’s ap­pear­ance and func­tion,” says Cather­ine O’Keefe of Mi­toQ Skin Science. She em­pha­sises that there is a big dif­fer­ence be­tween day skin­care prod­ucts and their night­time coun­ter­parts.

Day creams help to hy­drate, pro­tect and en­er­gise, whereas night prod­ucts can re­pair and re­den­sify the skin while thor­oughly moisturising,” she ex­plains. So it makes sense that there’s no bet­ter time than the end of your day to in­vest ten min­utes on a good skin regime. The most cru­cial step? Pre- cleans­ing to take off any makeup and grime. Fol­low up with a sec­ond cleanse (and throw in twice­weekly ex­fo­li­a­tions) to pu­rify your skin and to ready it for some good­ness. When it comes to nour­ish­ment and treat­ment, prod­ucts can be pre­sented in many and var­i­ous forms: cream, spray, serum, oil... The sys­tem and se­quence you choose will be purely per­sonal – and ahead of your wed­ding day, it’s best to get an in­di­vid­ual skin con­sul­ta­tion.

“The func­tion of a serum is to be a ‘hit’ for clean skin; the ac­tive in­gre­di­ents will get in there and work quickly on deeper is­sues like pig­men­ta­tion,” says Cather­ine. A night cream forms a thicker bar­rier, aids skin plump­ness and adds pro­tec­tion.

Well- con­sid­ered cos­met­ics can be won­der­ful for bal­anc­ing your skin tex­ture and tone, and elim­i­nat­ing im­per­fec­tions. But for ul­ti­mate ra­di­ance, you need to come to the party too. Sip wa­ter through­out the day and eat a bal­anced diet that in­cludes es­sen­tial fatty acids (EFAs). “EFAs are com­prised of omega 3, 6 and 9 and are an im­por­tant in­gre­di­ent for ra­di­ant skin,” says Good Health natur­opath Shar­lene Ben­nett. “They help hair, skin and nail health.” With re­gards to sleep, aim for seven to nine hours each night and elim­i­nate tech­nol­ogy an hour be­fore shut- eye.

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