It's August already and I can't believe that 2016 has just flown by so quickly. It was just under a year ago that the Mr proposed to me and now...in exactly 6 months I am getting married. Where has all that time gone?! Wedding planning is stressful and it is a lot of work (especially since we are planning to have 2 receptions in two different countries) so I find that organisation is key to making everything as less stressful as possible. So far this mind set has worked absolute wonders for both of us, as we have organised most of our wedding vendors already and this has taken a huge weight off both of our shoulders. It's a team effort and I think it is so important to involve your significant other in all stages of the planning process...even if they 'think' they won't have an opinion. To be honest the most stressful part of our own wedding planning process is handling our families hahaha.
In saying that though, I have started to think about how I will look on the day in terms of hair, makeup and most importantly for me - skincare. I hate having so much make-up packed on my face and as we are having an Australian Summer wedding, the big day is going to no doubt be a hot one, so my skin looking at its absolute best is important to me. I have started to look at perhaps locking down a more solid skincare routine, different products that I could potentially incorporate into it and also look into different treatments that I would not normally get on a regular basis. I thought I would share this 'bridal' (I hate that word by the way...it conjures up images of bridezilla) skincare journey with you all and call it 'The Wedding Notes'. I'll post something in the series once or twice a month that has something to do with my own wedding journey, or things that I have come across, or even tips and recommendations from other bloggers. To start this series off, I look at some basic skincare tips that brides should perhaps look into to get that luminous bridal glow.
Not really knowing where to start, I decided to reach out to blogger, and aesthetician, Sarah Payne from one of my favourite blogs "You Glow Girl" for a few of her tips in the lead up to the big day.
12-6 Months Before
One of the first things that Sarah mentions to me is that she starts to see brides to be between one year to six months before the big day. She believes that finding a good aesthetician and sticking with him or her in the lead up to the wedding is important, "if you have rosacea, skin sensitivities, acne, texture issues, etc. now is the best time to work them out with a professional". She suggests that in the six months in the lead of to the big day to go over your skincare routine with a professional and they will be able to help guide you and tweak the routine if necessary to produce to best skin for your big day. Sarah also suggest to get a monthly facial starting from 12-6 months prior to the wedding and factor them into your wedding budget, "you’re probably going to be stressed and we all know how haywire our skin can get, treating yourself monthly will help control your stress levels".
Another thing to consider if you have major skin concerns such as pigmentation issues or scarring is to perhaps visiting a medical spa for some more advanced treatment options for the best skin possible on the big day. Medical spas have advanced treatment options such as lasers or micro needling that may assist in these areas of concern. Sarah mentions that it is extremely important to "ask plenty of questions so your expectations are realistic". It is also important to fully understand and be aware of the treatment and what it entails. If you do decide to go down this route of advanced treatments, it is important to remember to switch more relaxing facials in the lead up to the big day.
Some at home tips to consider 6 months before the big day is to adopt a routine that has a huge focus on hydration and to "never skip a cleanse or moisturiser", and it is also important not to over exfoliate (a great post about it here from Sarah herself). Sarah also suggests that if you are introducing something new into the routine to always remember to patch test first around the neck area and that now is "not the time to play skincare roulette!".
3 Months Before
Around three months before the wedding, it is important to continue as per normal with your skincare routine and Sarah also recommends to follow up with your aesthetician to see if any adjustments need to be made in your routine. She also finds it extremely important to "eat well, drink plenty of water, workout" and also to get a good 7-8 hours sleep a night. I find this rings extremely true as I am sure many of us have heard the term 'you are what you eat'. The most simple things such as adopting a healthy diet that is low in processed foods, working out on a regular basis and staying hydrated by drinking at least 2 litres of water a day can do wonders for the skin. In no way am I saying to cut down completely on little treats such as chocolate or your favourite burgers (that would be the worst!), I am just suggesting to perhaps treat these foods as treats to be enjoyed in smaller amounts. I agree completely with Sarah when she said to "treat your entire body well, it all shows on your skin".
1 Month Before
As the month before the wedding day looms, Sarah suggests to perhaps alter you diet completely in some aspects. If you are prone to breakouts she suggest to avoid sugar and dairy as scientific studies have shown that there are direct links between acne and a diet that is high in dairy or sugar. A review published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics discusses just some of the research that has been conducted in linking diet factors such as dairy and sugar to the prevalence of acne. For those who have rosacea and redness is an issue with the skin, avoiding anything that causes the blood vessels to enlarge and dilate (thus prone to redness) such as heat, steam, harsh skin treatments and spicy food is suggested by Sarah. For some of us (I would be so guilty of this), in the final month leading up to the wedding, experimenting with new products is something that is not recommended. This time period is the time to lock down and stick to a routine to get the best from your skin and out of your skincare. As Sarah says "take it easy on your skin", as it would be best to avoid anything new that could potentially aggravate it and undo all the hard work you have done in previous months with maintaining your skin and have it luminous and glowing for the wedding day.
Sarah also stresses that it is also important that in the week before the wedding, to make sure that you take some time to treat yourself. It is generally quite a stressful time, with things to finalise before the big day and family around that you treat yourself to a specialised facial with your aesthetician. He/she will know exactly what to do and what tools to use to get you, the "bride-to-be the ultimate glow".
I also reached out to the lovely Rossana from leading Australian natural beauty online boutique - I Am Natural Store to get some of her own recommendations on products that brides can perhaps use or adopt at home to get that glowing bridal skin. Rossana said that it is so often that brides forget to treat their body well in the lead up to the big day. She recommends to use a fantastic body scrub such as the Bottega Organica Rejuvenating Body Scrub which helps to not only deeply cleanse exfoliate but also to reveal a beautiful, glowing and radiant skin throughout the whole body which is so important on the big day. Rossana also recommends to exfoliate on a regular basis to reveal bright, radiant and positively glowing skin on the wedding day. Her favourite in her store at the moment is also from the Bottega Organica brand, The Rejuventaing Face Scrub which aims to cleanse with its gentle formulation, exfoliate the skin with its unique blend of Mediterranean sea salt, purify the skin with extracts of lemon and thyme and for extra nourishment, the uses of shea butter and apricot kernel oil. The product is guaranteed to give your skin a beautifully lush experience revealing a lit within glow afterwards.
Investing in a good facial oil is also a must for any bride. Facial oils provide the skin with extra nourishment as they generally contain vitamins, minerals and are full of antioxidants that help the skin look healthy and radiant. Rossana's personal picks are the Ila Spa Face Oil for Glowing Radiance and May Lindstrom Skin's The Youth Dew. 'I love Ila' says Rossana, who went to the UK to meet with Ila's founders and had the pleasure of learning everything about the brand - from where they obtain their ingredients right down to how they produce them. Rossana feels that Ila's products are "beyond organic" due to the company's procurement and extraction processes. She feels that this shows in their product as she says her skin just glows with the Ila Spa Face Oil for Glowing Radiance - it is one of her own personal favourites. She also loves May Lindstrom's Youth Dew as she finds the scent absolutely intoxicating. She notices that when using this her skin does have that healthy glow as well and suggests that this is also perfect to use underneath mineral make-up. I can probably second Rossana with The Youth Dew, as I recently received a sample of this and my skin looks absolutely radiant after using this and it sits so well underneath make-up.
Overall, I think that working on getting that clear, radiant, lit from within glow on the wedding day is all about self care. Looking after your skin is part routine and listening to your skin and body but also incorporating healthy habits such as sleep and a balanced diet. The tips that both Sarah and Rossana have given are just a very basic run down on some things that you can perhaps incorporate into your own lifestyle to ensure you get the very best from your skin on your big day! A huge thank you to You Glow Girl's Sarah Payne and I am Natural Store's Rossana Sotos for sharing your tips and passion for great skin. I wouldn't know where to start without you both!
Who else is getting married soon? Have you done any skincare preparation in the lead up to the big day? Those of you who are married, what tips would you share with those who are set to tie the knot soon? Does anyone have any other skincare tips they would like to share? I would love to hear them! Is there anything you would me to focus on in 'The Wedding Notes' series? Please feel free to leave your comments in the section below!