Boost­ing your skin and hair care ahead of the big day brings with it some com­pletely for­eign lan­guage.

New Zealand Weddings - - CONTENTS -

We ex­plain beauty jar­gon to help you nail your skin and hair care ex­pe­ri­ence

A is for Acid

Sounds like we’re start­ing with the heavy stuff, doesn’t it? Truth is, most “acids” that ap­pear in skin treat­ments – gly­colic, hyaluronic and the likes – are an ef­fec­tive type of face ex­fo­li­a­tion. The in­gre­di­ents re­move the out­er­most lay­ers from the com­plex­ion to re­veal brighter, more youth­ful-look­ing skin.

B for Buff­ing

Us­ing a buff­ing tool (or hey even pumice, if you find some at the beach this sum­mer) and gen­tly rub­bing away the hard and dry lay­ers of skin from places like el­bows and feet can re­veal a softer and health­ier ap­pear­ance.

C for Cu­ti­cle

This is the area of skin clos­est to your nail bed; its job is to pro­tect the nail ‘root’ un­der­neath. Keep your cu­ti­cles in great con­di­tion with cu­ti­cle oil, and try to not bite or pick around this area – it spreads bac­te­ria.

D for De­tox

Di­etary detoxes will cer­tainly help your skin and hair, and skin ex­pert David Whyte con­firms that good eat­ing habits are es­sen­tial! “Foods that are rich in wa­ter, an­tiox­i­dants and fi­bre are ideal,” he says.

E for Ex­ten­sions

Whether it’s eye­lashes or your locks, ex­tend­ing hair with faux or nat­u­ral fi­bres is a com­mon wish on the list for many brides want­ing to take their glam to the next level.

F for Fa­cial

Fa­cials are pop­u­lar in the lead up to your wed­ding (ide­ally one per month) to thor­oughly cleanse and nour­ish your skin. An hour fa­cial from a pro will give you time to re­lax, or opt for an at-home flaw­less face de­vice.

G for Gel Nails

A type of toe and fin­ger nail pol­ish fin­ish that is ap­plied the same as nor­mal nail pol­ish, but is ‘cured’ with a UV light and dries in­stantly. The high-shine glossy fin­ish should last around two weeks due to it be­ing more hardy than stan­dard nail pol­ish.

H for Hy­dra­tion

Fresh wa­ter and lots of it is the fastest way to hy­drate your skin and your brain; it helps flush tox­ins from your body and aids in con­cen­tra­tion. Hy­drat­ing serums and boost­ers can tar­get de­hy­drated skin from the out­side in.

I for In­flam­ma­tion

“In­flam­ma­tion ap­pears as red­ness, swelling and pain on the skin and can lead to con­sid­er­able dam­age to the skin, such as scar­ring, if un­treated,” warn the skin ex­perts at Neu­tro­gena.

J for Jo­joba

A clas­sic fave, and for good rea­son. Jo­joba oil is a bride’s best friend and can be used in the evening as an overnight skin treat­ment, or in your hair to tame any fly­aways.

K for Ker­atin

Ker­atin pro­tein is key to restor­ing your hair’s health by con­trol­ling tan­gles, frizz and break­age.

L for Light Ther­apy

“Light Ther­apy (also LED ther­apy) works by gen­tly pen­e­trat­ing the skin us­ing red and blue wave­lengths to tar­get acne- caus­ing bac­te­ria and re­duce in­flam­ma­tion,” say Neu­tro­gena skin­care ex­perts.

M for Mi­cro-blad­ing

The term used for eye­brow tat­too­ing, mi­crob­lad­ing is a mod­ern cos­metic tat­too which is al­most in­dis­tin­guish­able from your nat­u­ral brows. With pro­fes­sional pig­ments and a per­fect tech­nique, it’ll take your brows to wow – and lasts about six months.

N for Nail Art

Nail art is much more than a sim­ple pol­ish or French man­i­cure, it’s the ad­di­tion of artis­tic ex­pres­sions in the way of colour, de­signs, and/ or tex­ture. While nail art on ev­ery fin­ger can be a lit­tle dis­tract­ing for most, one sim­ple fea­ture nail is a pretty op­tion.

O for Om­nilux Treat­ment

A pain-free and non-in­va­sive skin treat­ment us­ing light of different wave­lengths (how sci­encey), Om­nilux stim­u­lates the skin cells nat­u­ral pro­cesses to treat skin con­cerns like acne, age­ing and pso­ri­a­sis. More Than Skin of­fers Re­vive Treat­ments and Ul­ti­mate Om­nilux pack­ages, which in­clude a Joyce Blok skin peel, to re­veal the most ra­di­ant skin you’ve ever had.

P for Pores

Pores are the tiny dots on your face, usu­ally seen around your nose. They are ac­tu­ally the open­ings of hair fol­li­cles and each one con­tains a se­ba­ceous gland which pro­duces oils.

Q for Qi Gong

This form of Chi­nese ex­er­cise is com­posed of move­ments that are re­peated nu­mer­ous times, stretch­ing the body, in­creas­ing fluid move­ment. It’s been re­ported to tighten skin and tone mus­cles.

R for Retinol

Each day, our skin is de­pleted from vi­ta­min A (thanks, sun ex­po­sure). By re­plen­ish­ing vi­ta­min A lev­els in skin, we can min­imise fine lines, wrin­kles and over­all tone – make sure you slather on that SPF too!

S for Serum

Un­doubt­edly a beauty buzz word in the past year, serums are more nour­ish­ing and tar­geted than mois­turis­ers and will take aim at skin is­sues deep into the cells.

T for Teeth Whiten­ing

Your wed­ding will be a day full of smiles; seek pro­fes­sional whiten­ing or an at-home whiten­ing kit to gen­tly re­move stains from your teeth and whiten them a few shades.

U for UV

It’s hot out there, and while you slap­pin’ on the sun­screen spare a thought for your hair, which takes as much of the brunt from UV as skin does, mak­ing it de­hy­drated, dull and dry. Seek out hy­drat­ing and pro­tec­tive prod­ucts to lock in mois­ture and re­duce frizz.

V for Vi­ta­mins

Vi­ta­mins in the way of oral sup­ple­ments can cer­tainly en­hance your bridal glow, but look for nour­ish­ing vi­ta­mins in beauty and hair treat­ments as well.

W for Wax

The most pop­u­lar of the longer forms of hair re­moval – wax­ing a few days prior to your wed­ding will give you hair-free skin for up to three weeks. (Learn more on page 108).

X for eX­fo­li­a­tion

Keep a scrub in your shower to ex­fo­li­ate your body on the reg­u­lar in the lead-up to your spe­cial day. Con­sis­tent ex­fo­li­a­tion keeps skin look­ing vi­brant and is a non-ne­go­tiable prior to fake-tan ap­pli­ca­tion.

Y for Yumi Lash Lift

For the lash lover look­ing for some­thing a lit­tle more nat­u­ral than ex­ten­sions, the fa­mous Yumi Lash Lift at Auck­land’s Lash Noir (lash­noir. is just the thing. This eye- open­ing treat­ment utilises your own lashes cre­at­ing a lift, last­ing up to eight weeks no main­te­nance. Add a tint & you’re set.

Z is for Zen

Stay­ing calm keeps your body’s stress hor­mones (hello cor­ti­sol) in check, and we all know that stress af­fects our skin, our scalp (flak­i­ness) and our mind. The fastest way to get zen? “Med­i­tate,” says Whyte. “There are many web­sites that of­fer you guided med­i­ta­tions that you can do for your­self at home, and most yoga classes in­cor­po­rate med­i­ta­tion.”

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