Emma Kennedy is a registered dietitian, and she filled me in on what ways brides can best prep their skin in the lead-up to the big day...



Eat oily fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines and trout. These omega 3 fats

produce our skin’s oil barrier, which helps maintain hydration and keeps cells

plump, while also protecting it from environmen­tal stress. These fats work to reduce inflammati­on, which can

be great if you have acne.


Make sure to get enough plant-based fats like nuts, seeds, legumes, avocados and olive oil. These foods are packed with mono- and poly-unsaturate­d oils, which form the foundation for healthy cell membranes. Choose a handful of unsalted walnuts or almonds as a snack. They are also a great source of protein

and zinc, which helps skin repair.


Protein is the building block of our skin, as well as our muscles, hormones,

enzymes and hair. Great options to bump up your protein include meat, chicken, fish, eggs, milk, cheese and yoghurts. Chickpeas, beans, peas and lentils are good vegan options. These foods also contain zinc, selenium and vitamins A, C and E, which are

fundamenta­l to skin health.


Packed with antioxidan­ts, dark green, leafy vegetables contain things like vitamins A, C and E as well as zinc and selenium. These can help reduce inflammati­on, which allows skin to then rebuild itself. Selenium can help target skin-damaging compounds before they cause problems. Spinach, rocket, lettuce,

kale and broccoli are all super sources.


Last but not least, water. Your skin needs this. You probably already know just how much! Keeping those cells hydrated can only do your skin good.

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