Some women with great skin can thank their mothers. Others can thank the effective new skincare products.
Healthy skin always starts with cleansing. If you prefer to remove makeup with soap and water, don’t use very hot water. It can strip the natural moisture from your skin.
Gel-based cleansers get the makeup off easily, although cream-based cleansers are more moisturizing if you have dry skin.
Occasionally, treat yourself to a deep-cleansing facial (but don’t have one too close to your wedding day. The skin needs time to recover.)
You might use a gentle scrub with tiny particles for microdermabrasing to remove dead skin cells.
Stronger options are alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids and retinoids, which exfoliate and also help with the production of collagen.
Toners act as humectants, which help your moisturizer penetrate your skin.
Choose a moisturizer with SPF 30 for daytime. Use a heavy-duty product at bedtime – one with vitamins that is nutrient-rich.
In Canada’s winter climate and furnace-heated homes, consider having a humidifier.
It’s countdown time
Start six months before your wedding to pay special attention to the health of your skin. Unless your skin is perfect, it will pay off to visit an esthetician who can offer a full range of treatments. (You don’t want a specialist who offers just chemical peels and laser treatments. Neither do you want a spa that just offers gentle facials. If you have good skin, rely on a regular home routine.)
Healthy habits make a major contribution to healthy skin.
- Get at least eight hours of sleep a night. Sleep reduces stress.
- Enjoy a balanced, healthy diet. Refer to Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating.
- Avoid dairy products if you have frequent breakouts.